It’s not just the hiring of skis and kitting yourself out with thermals you have to worry about when preparing yourself for a ski holiday. You have to give some careful thought about how you’re going to portray yourself on the slopes – will you be a self-absorbed piste hog who shows no consideration for other skiers? Or will you be a chatterbox on the ski lifts in an effort to make new friends? There are plenty of etiquette tips for a ride on the ski lifts and seeing as they’re the things that will get you to the top of the mountain, you’re going to be on them for a fair amount of your time.
- Keep a close eye on when you’re expected to hop off the chair lifts. If you’re not synchronised, you could end up causing a pile up. It’ll take a couple of times to get used the dismount if you’re a beginner, but don’t let it overwhelm you.
- Try not to lose your temper when your hands-free lift pass doesn’t swipe properly when it’s supposed to. You will need to take your gloves off, it will be a pain, but it’s not worth the stress levels so just take it in your stride.
- If you find yourself on a chair lift with people you don’t know, strike up a conversation! Depending on the length of the lift, you could be sat with them for a while – the time will go by quicker, and much more pleasantly, if you make the effort to chat with them.
- Don’t jump the queue! There’s nothing worse than a queue-jumper – wait your turn, just like everyone else.