Skiing is one of the biggest recreational sports participated in, with the obvious draws of mountain scenery, apres ski and the lure of high society living. There are thousand of ski holiday companies offer holidays to every ski area in the world, ranging from package holidays to shoe string budget companies.
What you shoule look for in a ski holiday as a beginner is a ski resort with nice easy runs - blue and green, with a reputable ski school. Aslo your holiday provider should be able to provide you with vital information about the resort - where the medical centre is, location of lifts, where to buy your lift pass if its not included in your holiday package, areas to stay away from(on and off the slopes), where supermarkets and gift shops are, where you meet your ski school, ski hire shops and resort slopes guides can be located and finally where the all important bars and night clubs are.
As you probably guessed its pretty cold up there in the mountains, so lots of warm clothing is essential, and remember that its lots of layers, not a huge jacket that keeps you warm. Gloves are a must, and at all times when you skiing, not just for warmth, but from protection from the shape edges of your skis or other people skis.
The Skiers Code - rules for the slopes
The FIS (International Ski Federation) has established ten rules for the conduct of skiers and snowboarders. In short, they are:
Respect: Do not endanger others.
Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to you ability and to the general conditions on the mountain.
Choice of route: The skier/snowboarder in front has priority - leave enough space.
Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier/snowboarder.
Entering and starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked run.
Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can easily be seen.
Climbing: When climbing up or down always keep to the side of the piste.
Signs: Obey all signs and markings - they are there for your safety.
Assistance: In the case of accidents provide help and alert the rescue service.
Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses
People began strapping skis to their feet as far back as 5000 years ago. It is believed that Norwegians were the first - they used skis as a way of hunting across snow-covered terrain. From Norway, skiing spread throughout Scandinavia and Russia as a mode of winter transportation and eventually as a sport similar to cross-country skiing. Alpine skiing evolved from cross-country skiing.