Whether you are hitting the slopes solo or are teaming up with your buddies for a group skiing holiday, spending your well-deserved break on skis is a great time to enjoy active sports, a beautiful scenery and the luxurious comfort of an après-ski.
Unless you have been skiing since you were young, it is not an activity you can get into when you feel like it. If you are getting ready to head up the mountains for some serious ski time, it is important that you prepare for the trip as early as you can. Here is what you need to do:
1. Get fit.
You do not need to transform into an Olympic athlete, but you need to develop enough strength, balance and stamina to practice your ski moves for several hours at a high altitude. Many fitness centres in the UK offers workout programmes for those going on a group skiing holiday to prepare them for a ski holiday.
2. Practice indoors.
Book a one-day course at a snow centre in the UK, where you can practice the snowplough and other basic ski moves. You will not have as much fun on their short slopes, but this will help you let loose and fly more quickly once you actually start skiing on a real mountain.
3. Pack the right gear.
Get yourself a roomy bag because you will need a lot of clothing and gear to pack, including a ski suit, winter jackets, thermal underwear, indoor wear, gloves, hats, socks, goggles, helmets, and boots. If you are short on the budget, consider borrowing or renting instead of buying new gear.
4. Insure your trip.
A ski trip is not without risks. Not to turn you off, but there is always the potential of unexpected bad weather or accidents on the slopes. Not all insurance companies provide adequate coverage for holiday trips, but dig deeper and you will find firms that specialise in providing insurance specifically for skiing holidays.
The secret to having a great ski holiday, or any holiday for that matter, is to prepare for it as much as you can. If you take some time to do your research and plan accordingly, you can expect to enjoy a relaxed, fun-filled, and exciting time with your friends and family on the slopes.