Did you know that this weekend marks the start of the Summer of Snow at Snozone UK which has ski slopes in Castleford and Milton Keynes!?
We have been considering for a while a family ski holiday but feel reluctant to splash out on the expense if we don’t know if we will like it!
We visited the Castleford slopes for our first family ski lesson!
We had an hour long lesson with Kirsten who was very patient with us being such newbies!
To start off getting into the gear is a job in itself and personally, I think it is best to go up a size in clothing and boots. Luckily there were people around to help us get kitted out.
Your skis need to be adjusted to fit the size of your boots before heading onto the slopes. You also need to collect a helmet.
Gloves are the one thing you need to bring with you and waterproof ski gloves are the best.
Clothing can be hired and all ski equipment is included in the price so you it is a brilliant way to try it out.
We started off on the snow – which surprised me with being so powdery- practicing walking with just one ski on. We then progressed to two skis. Being a family group we could only go as fast as the slowest person.
Once we felt confident with our handling of the skis we practiced walking up the slope sideways and then skiing down, going back up a little further each time.
Kirsten showed us the snowplough position to get us started.
I had been skiing with school over 30 years ago and was pleasantly surprised to see how much of the knowledge then came back to me and I felt pretty confident with skiing down in snowplough.
The boys did struggle but I was so proud of how much effort they put into it and gradually their confidence grew.
Next we went to the top of the nursery slope using the ski lift (well a rope that pulled you up). We took it in turns to come down in the snowplough position.
Here is a little video of us all. Perhaps one day we will look back on it and laugh as we now master the black slopes in Andorra!
It was great fun to have a skiing lesson as a family but it would be preferable to have individual lessons to cater for our own pace or even separate adult and child lessons.
Are you a skiing family? Would love to hear your recommendations of places to go and ski for beginner families.