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3 Tips For Skiing In Groups

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Keeping up with the gang. A guide to balancing group dynamics on the slopes

Skiing is an adventure, but sometimes it can be challenging to find that sweet spot where everyone in your group, regardless of their skill level, can enjoy the slopes together.

In this guide, TDC Ski School founder and BASI trainer, Paul Garner, shares his strategies to ensure that your skiing experience is enjoyable, whether you're a beginner or an expert. It's all about finding that balance between group dynamics and skiing at your own pace.

1. Prioritise Yourself When Skiing

One of the most important aspects of enjoying your time on the slopes is to prioritise yourself. It might sound a bit selfish, but it's crucial for your safety and enjoyment. This is one of the most important ski tips for beginners as you shouldn't feel pressured to take on runs that are too difficult for your skill level. Instead, choose runs that match your abilities, even if it means saying 'no' to the more challenging ones.

Remember that snow conditions and the number of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes can significantly affect how a run feels. Timing is key. Consider skiing challenging runs mid-morning when they're less crowded and haven't been cut up too much.

It's also okay if your ski or snowboarding buddies want to tackle more challenging runs. If they're impatient, encourage them to ski on their own while you enjoy the slopes at your own pace. Skiing should be fun, not a race.

2. Stick To Skiing Circuits

If you're skiing with a group of varying skill levels, finding runs that allow you to do circuits is an excellent strategy. Look for runs that are interconnected or form a loop. This way, you can all stay in the same general area while skiing at your own pace.

In this scenario, it's quality over quantity. You might only complete two quality runs while others in your group do five or more. The goal here is sociable skiing, where everyone gets to enjoy the mountain without feeling rushed or held back.

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3. Take Charge With Cable Cars

At the end of a tiring day on the slopes, it's essential to stay in control. If you're exhausted and feel like you've had enough skiing or snowboarding for the day, don't hesitate to ride the cable car down. This is your time to rest and reflect on the fantastic experiences you've had during the day (and avoid the often icy and crowded home runs back into the resort).

It's normal to feel a bit guilty for not sticking with your partner or group for one more run. However, taking charge of your decisions ensures that you end your day on a positive note. Maintaining a positive attitude not only benefits you but also prevents your frustrations from affecting the rest of your party.

Skiing is about having fun and enjoying the mountain at your own pace. Prioritising your safety and well-being, finding runs that suit your skill level, and taking charge of your choices are all essential elements of a successful skiing experience.

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So, hit the slopes, think about yourself and embrace the joy of skiing at your own pace. Hopefully, these skiing tips will help you manage your group’s dynamics in a way which suits you.

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