Thursday, 14 June 2012 3:41 PM
When it comes to skiing, you need to crawl before you can walk.
Jetting off to France, Switzerland or Italy to take to the slopes when you have little or no experience is something you should avoid for two reasons.
The first has to do with safety. While there are slopes for beginners in major ski resorts, the truth is that you stand a greater chance of suffering an injury if you have not honed your skills to a sufficient level.
Also, you will not be able to get the best out of the experience if you are a complete novice, as many of the most exciting slopes will be off limits to you.
However, you can slowly build up your skills and knowledge by practicing on dry ski slopes in Scotland, so why not look for your nearest skiwear sale and start improving today?
Scotland may not be the first place you think of when it comes to skiing, however, there are some excellent dry ski slopes spanning the length and breadth of the country and it is on these slopes that you can develop as a skier and acquire the necessary skills to take to the Alps and other places.
Glasgow is home to three dry ski slopes, each boasting top-class facilities. There is the Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre, which offers everything except race training. If race training is something you want to explore, the Bearsden Ski Club may be a better option.
Xscape Braehead is another option, offering both skiing and snowboarding lessons and facilities for skiers of all abilities.
Further north, you have the Aberdeen Snowsport Centre, which boasts three slopes.
If you are in Dundee, you can visit the Ancrum Outdoor Education centre, which has a 31m slope and offers lessons to beginner and intermediate skiers.
You will also find a dry ski slope in Edinburgh. With five slopes, the Midlothian Snowsports Centre is an excellent place to hone your skills.
Newmilns Ski Slope in Strathclyde is another option to keep in mind. Here, you can get race training as well as lessons for all levels up to advanced.
The same is true of Firpark Snowsport School, which is located in Tillicoultry and open seven days a week. Be aware, however, that Firpark does not have a slope specially designated for beginners, so you may want to explore one of the other options until you are confident enough to tackle more challenging slopes.
There is no beginner's slope at Falkirk's Polmont Hill Ski Slope either, although lessons are available for those with little or no experience.
In short, Scotland has an abundance of dry ski slope facilities.
As a beginner, it is a good idea to make use of these facilities so that when time comes to jet off on a skiing holiday in Europe, you have at least the basic skills needed to have an enjoyable time.
Many of these centres allow you to hire skiing attire, however, if skiing is something that you are keen to take forward, it may be worth your while investing in your own clothing.
This will ensure you ski wearing attire that you are comfortable in and can get used to. Being comfortable on the slopes is crucial from both a safety and enjoyment point of view, so it is something you need to consider.