So far I’ve visited Les Arcs, Tignes, Val D’Isere, Val Thorens and Alpe D’Huez, all in the French Alps. I’m itching to try somewhere a little further afield, like Whistler in Canada or Mammoth in America, but that’s definitely going to require a bit more saving! This is a hobby that drains your bank account, that’s for sure, but when you’re sat on top of a mountain with the most amazing views, you soon forget about the month you spent eating tins of spaghetti hoops and making up elaborate excuses for not being able to go on nights out.
If you’re thinking of learning, these are my top tips for beginners:
- Try and drag along a friend to learn with you
Then you won’t feel as silly when you fall on your bum about 50+ times in 2 hours!
- Wear warm & waterproof clothing
I’d recommend buying some waterproof ski pants from TK Maxx or Sports Direct, you can get some for under £40 and they’ll stop you from getting a wet bum. I usually just wear a long sleeved top & hoody over this. Don’t forget your gloves & thick socks too!
- Book your lessons off-peak
It’s much easier to learn when there’s less people on the slope, so try and book your lesson on a term-time weekday morning to make sure you get as much room to yourself as possible. Us snowboarders need all the room we can get, we fall for fun.
- Get inspired
Watch some awesome girls make snowboarding look easy and think ‘that could be me soon(ish)!’. I love Roxy’s snow feature release Wilder, watch it here and be impressed. My favourite snowboarders to watch at the moment are Aimee Fuller, Silje Norendal and Torah Bright (Google away).
- Book a holiday!
There’s no better motivation to learn and improve your snowboarding than booking a holiday. Tag along on a university trip or get a couple of mates to come with you. I’ve booked all 3 of my trips through Nuco Travel, who run my university’s holidays to the Alps. You’ll learn so much by hitting up a real mountain and it’s so much more fun.
I’m heading to Val Thorens in April for the second time, so hopefully I can vlog and take loads of photos to show you guys after! But in the meantime, here’s a video from my first ever snowboarding holiday, if you want an idea of how things go down on a student holiday: