5 Ways to Get The Most Out of the Mountain this Winter

Skier friends

A snowsports holiday is a very precious thing, it takes lots of organisation, equipment and expense.  But we all know that all that effort pays off when you are amoungst the beautiful moutains about to head down your favourite run.  We want you to be able to enjoy every single moment of your stay, so we have compiled some top tips on how to do so!

  1. Take lessons

Taking skiing or snowboarding lessons is the quickest, most efficient way to learn or improve your skills and advance your ability in a fun, safe, and informative way. No matter what your ability, everybody is still learning and taking lessons is a pro-active step in enhancing this experience and getting more out of the mountain and your trip. As you progress you will find that you are better equipped for tackling blue, red and possibly even black runs – meaning that you’ll have greater confidence to explore the variety of runs that the mountain has to offer. Who knows, you might even end up trying some off-piste skiing too!

Not only will lessons help you to improve but the they will also help to orientate you around the mountain in your first few days, and depending on your ability the instructors will potentially take you to places on the mountain which you may not otherwise have discovered.

In all resorts you can opt for group or private lessons, and you can find out more here.

Ski instructor with pupils

  1. Check our Snow Reports and the Weather Forecast

Our In-Resort team are on the mountain on a daily basis checking out the conditions and produce snow reports for each resort twice a week to keep you up to date with the current snow coverage, visibility, and weather conditions on the slopes. Our snow reports also contain expert tips and advice about the best places to go under certain conditions so are a great resource to refer to prior to hitting the slopes.

Conditions on the mountain can change quickly though, so it’s always worth checking the forecast before you head off so that you are aware and well-prepared for the conditions of the day.

Check out our snow reports and the weather forecasts

Chairlift covered in snow

  1. Check lift/slopes information

Regardless of your ability make sure that you check the piste map to find out which lifts and slopes are open before setting off. Whilst challenging yourself can be a great means of self-improvement, you should avoid attempting runs which are severely beyond your ability, so make sure you feel confident about the route you plan to take – and make sure that the lifts you need are open, otherwise it could be a long cold walk!

Every single morning on our weather pages we update how many lifts and slopes are open, so you can get an idea of the conditions before you head up, we post them on our resort twitter pages (see below) too if that’s easier!

Remember – on your first morning it will take you a few runs to get back into the swing of things.  There are certain areas that are great for finding your feet, but also avoiding ski school groups.  If you would like any recommendations, just get in touch.

 Snowboarder on Mountains

  1. Follow us on Social Media

The easiest way to stay up to date with the conditions on the mountain is to follow our Social Media channels, but in particular our Facebook and Twitter pages. Every day we provide regular updates about the conditions, and often post photos and Facebook live videos so that you can see for yourself.

To make sure you don’t miss out, like and follow our pages;

Facebook: Arinsal, Soldeu, Pas de la Casa, Andorra Resorts

Twitter: Arinsal, Soldeu, Pas de la Casa

Instagram: Andorra Resorts

    Skier on phone       

  1. Dress for the occasion

This one sounds obvious, but to get the most out of the mountain then it’s very important to make sure you have appropriate clothing and that you layer up when necessary. If you’re warm and comfortable then you’re more likely to enjoy your day, and the hours spent on the mountain will quite possibly be the best of your life.
For beginners’ unsure what clothes you will need to keep dry and warm, see our blog.

Having the correct gear for the conditions can make all the difference to your stay, but it doesn’t need to cost the earth.  Hiring a locker on the mountain is a great way to have stuff available if the conditions change and it also means you can get your feet out of your ski boots just that little bit quicker after an awesome day up the mountain.

Skiing family

So there you have it, now that you are fully prepared it’s time to hit the slopes and make the most of the mountain!