Starting your ski holiday fit and strong will make a huge difference, especially at high altitudes. If you’re fit, you’ll acclimatise more quickly, making it easier to learn how to ski black slopes and off-piste.
“When you are on the slopes, don’t overdo it: if you feel yourself flagging, just stop”, says BASI instructor, Annabel Seele. “The minute you build up too much lactic acid and start to fade, your technique goes to pot; you fall into old bad habits and it only inhibits your progress.”
The key to improving is slowing everything down, so you can change and work on your technique. “When you ski fast, it is hard to change anything" ,says Annabel. “You need repetition to build up muscle-memory, and practice really does make it perfect.”