Are you a first-timer heading to the snow? Well if so, be prepared to fall in love and never look back! No matter where you are planning on heading this snow season, its guaranteed to be a fun ride (pun intended). Weve created a first timers list for you to get super prepared, so be sure to tick everything off before you leave.
Before even leaving for the snow, check that your car has been serviced and you have antifreeze coolant in the radiator. Ensure that your battery, windscreen wipers, air conditioning and demister are all in working condition. Secondly, you need snow chains for your wheels. No ifs or buts about it. Read more here on how to correctly fit snow chains to your car and why its important to choose the correct fit.
Diesel fuel contains paraffin, which can solidify in temperatures below 0 degrees. If you want to prevent this, ensure you fill your tank with Alpine Diesel before heading up the mountain. Youll find this diesel at most stations in the alpine region. Other than that, be sure to follow all the road rules, observe local speed limits and break slowly, taking particular caution when taking turns and bends in the road. Read more about driving safely in the snow here.
What to pack
Obvious we know, but it’s going to be cold. Very cold. The best way to fight off this chill is with layered clothing. Lots and lots of layers, and a waterproof outer layer is a must! Feel free to purchase one, but as a first timer it may be a better option to hire one. You’ll be able to pick up snow gear to rent easily at most resorts. Here is our main list of essentials:
-Waterproof pants and jackets
-Helmet (If snowboarding or skiing)
-Warm jumpers (to layer)
-Thermals (these are your best friend to trap in all the heat, trust us).
-Sunscreen (30+) and lip balm (The high altitude plus reflection from the snow makes it very easy to get sunburnt)
-Thick, long socks (plenty of them).
Skiing or Snowboarding
Skiing or Snowboarding? As it is well-known by most, skiing is easier to learn, but harder to master – whilst snowboarding proves to be the opposite! All in all, it really comes down to personal choice.
Our second piece of advice is to get up early. Yep, while you may be holidaying, it’s worth the early wake up! Be the first to experience the neatly groomed slopes plus enjoy taking the lift without waiting for any queues.
Thirdly, as a beginner, youre going to need lessons. No one can put a pair of skis on and expect to be a pro (same goes with snowboarding). Our recommendation is to invest in a few lessons while up on the slope, it really is worth it and will make your learner status far more enjoyable. Youre guaranteed to fall over and youre first time at the snow will most likely not be a glamorous affair. But thats all the fun of it! Be sure to wear a helmet! Whilst wearing a helmet is only compulsory for children, its still heavily recommended that adults wear them too.
Be safe in the snow, and have a fantastic getaway!