How Not to Make a First Impression on the Slopes
Every year, hundreds of thousands of plucky Brits make this the year to strap on a pair of skis and hit the slopes for the very first time. Of these hundreds of thousands, the overwhelming majority will come home having found not only a new hobby, but also making a few new friends along the way. The ski community in general is one of the most outgoing and sociable in the world and if you play your cards right they will welcome you with open arms, help you when you’re down and always be willing to offer help and advice when you need it.
Sadly, Brits abroad are known around the world for doing anything BUT play their cards right in some instances – certain visitors to the slopes being no different. So, if looking for ways and means by which to make friends and influence people in a positive way, you might want to steer clear of the following embarrassingly obvious what NOT to dos:
Swing your Poles Around
Ski poles are not toys, but what they are is hard and rather sharp. The temptation for some to revert back to a toddler-level and begin swinging their poles the second they get hold of them is apparently overwhelming, but what they fail to take into account is that men, women and children alike could be zipping by them at any minute. It’s really only a matter of time until you take someone’s eye out or de-tooth a child, so best not to play the odds and keep ski poles where they should be.
Smoke in Cramped Quarters
Even if you find yourself in one of the few remaining areas where smoking in public places is tolerated, this is no reason to take advantage and smoke like a chimney just for the novelty of it. Worst of all however is smoking in cramped quarters where as legal as it might be, you’re likely to annoy the hell out of at least 40 or 50 people at once all around you. Examples include ski lift queues, changing areas and so on – blow smoke in their face and you’ll never win them over.
Dutch courage is one thing, but thinking it will be a great idea to try and break the land-speed record after 11 pints and three measures of schnapps is something else. Ski while three sheets to the wind and you’re not only putting your own life at risk, but the health and safety of everyone in the area you might fall over, slam into or vomit on.
Write Your Name in the Snow
If you need an explanation as to why the creation of yellow snow in public areas is a big no-no, you shouldn’t be going on holiday without supervision.
Last but not least, it doesn’t matter if you are God’s gift to the powder or simply think you are, showing off is frowned upon just as much over the water as it is on home soil. If you’re really looking for a way to fit in and have fun with the locals, a good idea is to not arrive hell-bent on showing them how much better than them you are.