Skiing is deceptively tough on your body, especially if you’ve never done it before. It may be a ski trip, but plan to spend roughly half your time, well … not skiing. If you’re visiting an especially high-altitude destination, it’s a good idea to skip the slopes on the first day while your body acclimates, and adding an off day between long days on the lift will leave you refreshed and ready to get back in your boots.
The good news is, ski resorts tend to be located in beautiful, exciting places with plenty to do. Check out another winter sport, such as sledding or snowshoeing; enjoy the local culinary scene; or pay a visit to a local spa to work out those sore muscles. Once you’ve fallen in love with your first mountain town, you’ll be scouting ski destinations for tons of winters to come.