As far as travelling goes, there aren’t many better ways to see the world than booking a skiing holiday. Not only do you get the adrenaline-filled rush of the icy wind whipping around your face, but you see parts of the country you would typically avoid. From Hokkaido in Japan to the Alps in Europe and Iceland, most people can’t say they’ve visited these regions. And, millions of tourists flock to these destinations annually.
Okay, so a ski holiday isn’t always topical. Once the snow melts, there isn’t much to do in a village that resembles The Sound of Music but to drink. Sadly, extortionate prices might prevent you from dabbling in a round of liquid courage! Therefore, talking about a skiing trip when the season is over doesn’t sound logical. Shouldn’t you leave it until later on in the year?
No. For an experience like no other, you’ve got to prep, and it takes a big chunk of time to cover all the bases. Here are five of the main areas you should consider right now.
Weirdly enough, the cheapest way to afford a ski holiday is to opt for a catered chalet. Food and essentials are so expensive in the mountains that it’s less costly and nowhere near as much hassle. Of course, chalets are pricey, which is why you need to bump down the price.
The first port of call is to corral as many of your friends and family members as possible. Ski accommodation usually fits up to eight people, but there is often room for ten to twelve guests. The more people you can split the rate by, the cheaper it will be. Secondly, it’s time to contact companies asking for a quote. The majority will tell you to inquire later on in the year, yet some will offer you a deal for being so organised! This snowpak.co.uk post has more info for early birds.
Then, you only need to book flights and a transfer from the airport to your chalet.
Don’t bother with lessons on the piste because it’s a waste of time and money. By the time your first lesson rolls around with an instructor, a couple of months could have passed. In that period, it is easy to learn the essentials and tweak your technique so that you are green and blue run-ready.
Sure, artificial slopes are different from real snow. And, it takes a little getting used to once you arrive at your location. However, wouldn’t you rather go straight out on the slopes instead of spending a few days having lessons? It’s a no-brainer!
On inews.co.uk, you’ll find a list of the best dry-ski institutions in the United Kingdom.
If you have skied before, you will know that it has a considerable impact on your body. From your knees to legs and bum, they will all be burning after a few runs on the slopes, especially if it’s been a while. Newbies won’t understand the extent of the pain, but don’t worry because you’re not alone. Experienced skiers underestimate the intensity of skiing all the time.
So, this is a call to everybody who wants an ache-free trip this autumn or winter: hit up the gym. Being fit isn’t the only requirement because hurtling down a hill works muscle groups that hardly get any attention. As a result, a gym membership is an excellent choice for your exercise needs because the equipment lets you target specific areas. For those who have no clue where to start, this coachmag.co.uk article is perfect. Of course, you can craft a personal workout if you prefer.
Whatever you do, though, don’t turn up to the mountain unfit and out of shape. Within a day or two, the fire in your body will tempt you not to go skiing.
Ski gear is critical. However, not only do you require quality stuff, but you must factor in the frequency of use, too. It’s pointless splashing out on the latest boots and jacket if you never plan on going skiing again. On the flip side, it’s more affordable to own your gear if you’re ski-enthusiast. Only you know whether you’re going to book another ski holiday, although you can rent first and wait to see if you enjoy it.
For those who do have their equipment, please don’t assume that there is nothing to do until you reach the mountain. Prepping your gear is a vital part of the process for two reasons: life expectancy and enjoyment. Take waxing as an example. Board or ski wax often goes under the radar, yet it’s essential for improving the ride and maintaining your method of choice. You can find all manner of wax kits on FlyerDiaries.com. Once you have it, start showing your gear some love.
You’ll notice the difference as soon as you step foot on the snow.
In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, it would be silly to act as if travelling isn’t risky right now. Aside from going to hotspots for the virus, you could end up stranded in a foreign country for weeks on end. At the moment, a selection of the most popular resorts in France are closed and won’t reopen because of the pandemic.
With that in mind, it’s critical that you check travel restrictions before booking. As well as the FCO, you might want to look at the government website for your destination, too. An extensive travel and medical cover policy is a necessity, so please double-check the terms and conditions. Sometimes, skiing or types of skiing (off-piste) aren’t covered. Lastly, book everything with your credit card in case of cancellations. Even if you have insurance, it’s savvy to have a backup plan in case of loopholes.
And there you have it – all the out-of-season preparation it takes to get ready for a ski holiday. Are you any closer to next year’s snow?