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first time skiing... how to go about it?

Birzebbuga, Malta
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first time skiing... how to go about it?

We will be having our first skiing holiday ever this April and we have no idea how to go about it! What do we need to hire? From where? Is the hire of skii clothes expensive? We have never tried skiing before, so I presume we need someone to show us... where can we find this? what else can one do there other than skiing? is snowrafting available too? We will be staying at Hotel Kaya in Reberty village... is there anything to do in the evening? or we can drive to another village?

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Haute Savoie, France
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1. Re: first time skiing... how to go about it?

hi again,

im really not sure if you can hire ski clothes (perhaps someone can jump in if they know for sure?). but you can buy gear at such good prices that you may just be better of doing that than buying anyway, even if rental is an option?

but there are plenty of ski rental places at every resort. you'll certainly be able to hire boots, skis, helmets, but you'll need to buy jackets, pants, gloves and goggles.

You'll want to take lessons, perhaps think about private lessons if you can afford it, as you will progress faster. im not too sure about which ski schools are at les menuires, but likely an ESF (ecole ski francais), so you can prebook. you could enquire about group lessons if you prefer.

there will be other activities, but this does differ from resort to resort; your hotel will have plenty of info in the lobby, im sure.

as for night life, i again cant vouch for les menuires personally, but val thorens is not far away at all (there may even be shuttle busses if im not mistaken) and there is really good nightlife there. theres a huge nightclub undeground called Malaysia, plus plenty of english speaking bars (both tame pubs and louder, younger bars), and restaurants, shops etc. you wont be lacking for things to do, thats for sure.

http://www.lesmenuires-intersport.com/contact

http://www.esf.net/en/index.htm

http://en.lesmenuires.com/winter/

Birzebbuga, Malta
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2. Re: first time skiing... how to go about it?

thanks a million!!

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3. Re: first time skiing... how to go about it?

For a first timer ... Personally I'd book a package with one of the well known ski companies. They will do everything. Flights accommodation transfers ski hire lift passes insurance ski instruction etc. You will pay a bit of a premium but a self built holiday to somewhere you don't know can be stressful.

It will take you several years of skiing and instruction before you are proficient. Then maybe think of a self built trip. Easy jet. Car hire/public transport. Apartment. Ski and boot hire through a company like Skiset. Lift passes direct with local provider.

Clothing: sallopettes or if you don't like straps ... trousers. Ski jacket. Good gloves. Warm hat and then layers beneath. Thin sports fleece and thick fleece usually do me beneath jacket. Sun glases and goggles. A neck muffler to pull over your mouth/nose is handy when it gets v cold, We always take weakly talkies to stay in touch. A cheap set work perfectly well. Our Binatone set are fine. Less than 30 quid.

Once bitten you'll be hooked. There's no going back !! Good luck.

Best advice : be patient. It takes time. It's not easy at first. The more instruction in the early years will pay dividends in years to come.

Edited: 02 November 2013, 08:46
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4. Re: first time skiing... how to go about it?

Oh ... And some ski boots to wear in resort. Warm fur lined ones with grip.

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5. Re: first time skiing... how to go about it?

Reberty 2000 is a very nice part of the resort and Hotel Kaya a popular choice. You have two of the best restaurants nearby, La Ferme and L'ours Blanc.

There are ski hire shops for boots and skis in Reberty 2000 it is important you hire from one of these as you don't want a long hike to collect them etc. Just google ski hire Reberty 2000.You will save money if you prebook online.

You will need to buy ski clothes as mentioned earlier, budget options are Lidl and Aldi who will have specials and TK Max have good jackets. I am in Reberty all season and have managed well on normal walking shoes/boots to get around the resort. Good ski gloves are essential and high factor sunscreen.

You will need ski lessons, ESF do a beginners course which does include the necessary ski/lift pass and start at Reberty 2000.as well as other places in the resort. Prosneige also has a very good reputation and are based in La Croisette the resort centre. There is a local bus service every 20 minutes from 8am to 8pm the every 40 minutes to 11.40pm. You will progress further in resort if you have a dry slope lesson in the UK.

There are many bars in the resort as well as a sports centre, Luge and this year a new Luge on rails in Les Bruyeres.. Popular bars are Le Challenge and \la Mousse in La Croisette and Liberty in Les Bruyeres. There busy times are late in the evening although the Croisette ones have happy hours from 5 to 9.

Although I might be biased, it is a good place to be, skiing is excellent for all levels.

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