If you’re a regular reader around here you’ll know I went on my first ever ski trip last month. I travelled to Pamporovo in Bulgaria for a week with Thomas, his sister and her partner. We had an absolute blast and I can’t wait to go on another ski holiday again next ski season.

But, a ski holiday is a very different type of holiday and there are definite highs and lows that come along with it. Here were my highs and lows from my first ski trip…

High- gaining confidence 

Prior to embarking upon our ski trip I only had experience skiing on an indoor ski slope with real snow. I have to admit that despite a few lessons and a few trips there with Thomas for practice, I was still a pretty nervous skier. I couldn’t seem to relax and I was terrified of going up to the very top of the slope, instead choosing to go to the halfway point and ski down from there.

One thing I really gained on my ski trip was the confidence that I can actually ski! I can ski better than I’d given myself credit for and coming down the side of a mountain really pushed me out of my comfort zone. But in a really good way!

I realised there wasn’t anything to fear from coming down a big slope, as I can control my speed and stop when I need to. I’m never going to be tackling black runs, but I’m more than happy and comfortable on a blue run.

High – skiing on a mountain

first ski trip
Okay, this sounds really obvious but I didn’t quite think about the actual feeling of skiing down a mountain. It is beyond exhilarating. I felt absolutely amazing coming down the mountain and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

What. A. Feeling.

High – a different type of trip 

A ski trip is such a different type of holiday for me and I found that I really enjoyed the change. We were esconced in the mountain town of Pamporovo for a week, with little to do other than ski, eat, drink and enjoy the scenery. Usually, I’m the type of person who wants to do lots of exploring and sightseeing, so it was strange not to do anything like that while we were there.

It was quite nice to be somewhere and not constantly be looking at a map to see where you’re going next, deciding what attractions to visit and everything else. The days were filled with skiing and evenings spent enjoying some apres ski and good food. Wonderfully simple and very relaxing.

High – the mountain scenery 

first ski trip
I fell head over heels in love with the mountain scenery. I loved riding the ski lifts and seeing the incredible views of the Rhodope mountains all around us. I couldn’t get enough of it. Even the view from our balcony was amazing.

Low – a bad fall 

On our very first day skiing, I had quite a bad fall and really hurt my left knee. The conditions coming down weren’t great – it was snowing at first with very poor visibility, then there was a hail shower. The hail all sat on the top of the snow making it very slippery and I misjudged how much longer it would take to stop.

The conditions coming down weren’t great – it was snowing at first with very poor visibility, then there was a hail shower. The hail all sat on the top of the snow making it very slippery and I misjudged how much longer it would take to stop. As a result, my left leg went off the side of the slope, I fell backwards and twisted my knee. I was in a lot of pain and had to take my skis off and walk down to the nearest ski lift.

Turns out I’d damaged the ligaments in my knee and it was agony for days and still hasn’t completely healed now.

Low – pain! 

Going skiing means using a lot of muscles you don’t normally use in everyday life. This means you’ll probably end up with sore, heavy legs after a long day on the slopes. Or, if you’re me, you’ll bust your knee so badly you’ll be in agony from that!

Pack some Ibuprofen, schedule in some time for a soak in the bath (if you have one in your hotel or chalet) and maybe some Deep Heat too. You’ll thank me later!

Did you have highs and lows on your first ski trip?