Working the whole year and getting tired of the sometimes-mundane day to day routines, it’s great to have a think ahead and choose the time of year you want to have your holiday. Leaving our homes and getting away from everything, at least for a while is very beneficial, you have a chance to relax, refresh, restore the energy and motivation, spend time with friends and family and generally have a great time! Going on holiday is awesome at any age: on the one side, the younger generations can’t wait to have a fun time together and on the other, it connects the family, especially if parents don’t get as much time to spend with their kids as they’d like throughout the rest of the year.
If you love adventure, adrenaline, cold weather and mountains, there’s likely to be a winter holiday that you love more than almost anything else: skiing! It’s a very fun sport that can be enjoyed by all family members and all ability levels, making it the perfect family activity holiday. So long as you’re in good health, you can quickly fall in love with skiing as many others have before you. Here are our top ten tips for a fantastic ski holiday that you will want to keep in mind before heading off on your next skiing adventure:
1. Find The Right Destination
Make sure that you find a ski resort that suits your needs and works with the ability levels of all the skiers going on the trip. If you’re travelling as a family and have young children who will want to go to ski school, then a priority for your family will be finding a great resort that has a ski school. If you have even younger family members who are too young for ski school, then you may need a resort that offers babysitting services so that the parents can enjoy a few runs while the children are well taken care of. Take a quick look at the level of the runs on the slopes too to make sure that there are a good variety for the level of the abilities of the skiers. Taking a little time to check and make sure the slopes you’re visiting are a good fit, will ensure that your money is well spent and you’re happy with your destination.
2. Think Of The Weather
Keep the weather in mind when planning your ski holiday. Usually, it’s a little hard to predict the snow season, especially when you’re looking at the shoulder months: the months that fall either side of the season that can sometimes end up without snow. If you’re travelling far or spending a lot on the ski holiday, I would suggest planning for it in the centre of the snow season, that way you can guarantee there should be a good coating of snow on the mountain so that you can be sure you will get a few great runs in. In general, the visibility tends to be better in the morning, so a ski holiday is one of those holidays where it is usually better to get up early and to get most of the fun in before noon!
Packing for a ski holiday can be a bit of a challenge because, quite simply you will need more clothing than for a summer holiday. Layering is a great way to keep warm in the cooler conditions and thermals are a great investment. If you’re going to only be skiing for a few days, it can be more economical to rent your gear. Alternatively, it can be smart to buy your ski gear new but in the sales, so that you get a massive discount. I personally love using packing cubes to help pack my puffy ski gear down so it takes up less space in my luggage.
4. Borrow The Ski Gear
First of all, ski gear can be very expensive – especially the best quality gear. If you are an experienced skier, check if your gear is in good condition before going. If it’s not, take the time to get it repaired, replaced, borrow it or lend it from someone else. If it’s your first time skiing you might want to get advice as to what length skis you should invest in and what style. I would actually suggest renting some skis to try before investing in a pair, but the choice is yours!
5. Be In A Good Shape
While skiing is a ton of fun, it can be extremely tiring especially for beginners. And if you’re going on your holiday for a longer period of time, you will want to be in shape because if you’re not that fit, you’ll easily get tired and your muscles won’t be ready for the next day. If you’re not used to working out, start as soon as possible in order to strengthen your body. The legs are especially important, so, start squatting!
6. Practice Getting Up Early
It’s the best to ski in the morning because the snow is still neat and fresh, you can have the whole afternoon and evening free for resting and other daily activities. If you’re an early riser, this won’t be a problem. But, if going to sleep late and getting up late is what you’re used to, changing this as soon as possible and getting used to early mornings is a very good idea. You need to organize your day and have time for everything in order to enjoy your holiday to it’s full potential.
7. Wear A Helmet
If you plan to do any jumps of any sorts then a helmet is absolutely compulsory! It’s advisory to wear a helmet regardless, but if you start doing tricks or anything more extreme, a helmet is essential. If you’re unsure whether you should wear a helmet or would feel more comfortable using one, then go for it.
8. Bring A Rucksack With You
You will probably be spending at least few hours daily on the ski-runs when you go on a winter holiday. Take a rucksack with you and put some food, water and juices in it. This way your food will always be available and you won’t have to spend money on expensive restaurants. Also, if the weather is changing, you can always put some clothes or sunglasses in the rucksack. If you’re going with kids, you can carry some chocolate or fruits that your kids can snack on. It’ll save you a lot of money as eating on the slopes can be extremely expensive!
9. Go All-Inclusive
On the other hand, if you are ready to spend some extra money on the comfort and you don’t want to be troubled by what you are going to eat, when booking, book an all-inclusive hotel or apartment and you will have everything available. Eating high-quality food is very important because you’ll need strength and energy for skiing. Another good thing about this is that hotels with all-inclusive packages are closer to the ski-runs, so you won’t be bothered by travelling from your apartment to the ski-runs meaning that you’ll have more time to spend on the mountain, having fun with your friends and family.
10. Enjoy Your Time!
This is crucial! Skiing can be a great and memorable adventure and it can always be different. A beginner or an expert, if you don’t relax, you won’t enjoy. So, accept the challenges, try something new and enjoy your holiday because you deserve to.