Going skiing soon? Lucky you - the season’s just started and there are plenty of resorts for you to get to grips with the white stuff. However, before you get too excited, remember the old mantra - if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.
Here's a brief guide to what you need to prepare for your ski or snowboard holiday, and what you can expect from your stay.
Depending where you’re headed, all your usual holiday staples come into play here - passport, skiing insurance and foreign currency. However, it’s your equipment which will ensure you enjoy your enjoy your holiday to the max, and that you stay safe.
Thermals, hats, gloves and ski goggles are all essential kit, and the more layers you can fit in your suitcase, the better. You’ll need sun cream and a lip balm with SPF protection, as the sun will reflect off the snow, and you could burn faster than if you’re on a hot beach.
It’s always a good idea to ensure you’re feeling fit and healthy before you hit the slopes; skiing can be gruelling, especially if you’re out of puff due to too many late nights. Need some training tips? Try these exercises on for size...
If you’re not a gym member, don’t panic. There are lots of ways to get your heart rate up - take the stairs instead of lifts or escalators, cycle or power walk to work instead of driving, and get off the train or bus a few stops early.
The holiday begins...
Once you've arrived, take it easy at the bar, and be prepared for some early starts. Most hardcore ski and snowboard enthusiasts are up at the crack of dawn, because that's when the snow is untouched, and most ski classes begin in the early morning. Most lessons can last a couple of hours at least, and it can be tiring work, especially if you're falling a lot and using muscles you haven’t used in a while.
Oh, and when it comes to value for money on holiday, you’re in luck - a lot of ski lifts start to close between 4pm - 5pm, so there's potential to enjoy the slopes for a full eight hours if you want!
Most ski resorts thrive on the tourism that the mountains bring, so you can expect there to be plenty of attractions, bars and restaurants near your hotel.
Some people need a nap after tearing up the slopes for eight hours, but that's fine because there are plenty of attractions that remain open until the early hours. Just remember to not get too merry, and watch your step on the way home - you don’t want to fall over and scupper the rest of your holiday with an injury.