The ski confidence camp is aimed at people who are nervous about hitting the slopes
Chill Factore is hosting a ‘ski confidence camp’ with decorated Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick, to encourage more beginners to get into snowsports and overcome their fears on the slopes.
The camp has been launched as part of the ‘Don’t Wait, Exhilarate!’ campaign at Chill Factore, designed to inspire beginners to get involved in skiing or snowboarding and consider the benefits of taking ski lessons ahead of peak season.
Their research found that two thirds of people who have never skied or snowboarded but are interested in learning think lack of confidence is a barrier.
It’s not only first timers being held back by confidence. The survey also found that 95 per cent of beginner level, 88pc of intermediate level and 86pc of advanced-level skiers and snowboarders say they sometimes or often experience a lack of confidence.
According to the research findings, quieter slopes, taking lessons before going on holiday, tips from an instructor and skiing or snowboarding with people of the same ability came out top as most likely to boost confidence amongst beginners and those who are considering learning.
Worrying about getting injured was top of the list of factors making the biggest dent on learners’ confidence.
The Ski Confidence Camp, which is taking place on Monday, September 24, is specifically tailored around the research findings and the needs of nervous skiers, to boost confidence and self-assurance amongst beginners.
Mena, who won four medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games earlier this year, is hosting the camp.
The 26 year old has just five per cent vision but learned to ski aged five with her family.
She said: “Confidence really is key when it comes to putting on a pair of skis. It takes a lot of courage to get on the slope as it can be a really terrifying prospect!
“I want everyone to believe that they can do anything they put their mind to. Ultimately, overcoming your fears and becoming more confident will make you a much better skier in the future!”
Morwenna Angove, CEO at Chill Factore, added: “Something that we often experience amongst our beginners is a lack of confidence and self-belief on the slope. Our Ski Confidence Camp is a tailored session that has been crafted to encourage nervous beginners to improve their confidence.
“The ‘Don’t Wait, Exhilarate!’ campaign, which is running until the end of November at Chill Factore is aimed at everyone who wants to improve their skills on the slopes and get ahead of the peak season, enjoying the quieter slopes and giving you the chance to learn at your own pace.”
The camp is free of charge to attend and is open to beginner level skiers who consider themselves to lack confidence. Availability is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.