Welcome to Ski Hacks – a series of bite-sized videos with expert advice from pro ski instructor Darren Turner. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, they’re designed to give you tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your time on the mountain.

The early bird gets the worm – and the early skier gets the fresh snow. Find out why we recommend catching the first lift of the day.


[00:00:11] I know you’re on your holiday. I know maybe you’ve had a few drinks last night, enjoying yourself – but getting on that first lift in the morning is a great way to ensure you have a brilliant first hour.

Ski fresh tracks

[00:00:29] So you might have dragged yourself out of bed but this is your reward – beautiful corduroy. There’s also nobody here so you can really concentrate on what you’re doing. And if you have a brilliant first hour, it will set you up for the day.

Stay at the top of the mountain

[00:00:49] And if you have made it to the top of the mountain, don’t ski back down into the resort. Stay high and you’ll be ahead of the crowd. And if you do get a bit tired, just finish a little bit earlier. Quality, not quantity.

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