Now that winter is here, you're probably hankering after some snow. If it doesn’t look like it’s going to snow in your hometown anytime soon, perhaps plan a ski holiday! Skiing is a great excuse for a winter vacation. And, as you will be constantly active during your time away, you don’t need to worry at all about being lazy and overeating. Snow sports requires loads of strength and activity so afterwards you will be a lot fitter!
Here are some tips to help you with planning:
Narrow Down The Destination
As with any holiday, the destination is crucial. In fact, it is probably more important when you are organising a ski trip, as you need to pick somewhere where it is guaranteed to snow a lot! Thankfully, there are plenty of international and national destinations to choose from, including Colorado in America, Tignes in France, and Hakuba in Japan. Each resort will have cute cabins that you will be able to stay in. Most of these are usually self-catered. For an idea of what you can expect, take a look at the various websites that show traditional, comfortable accommodations at ski resorts.
Clothing And Kit
You will need to make sure that you have proper garb, especially if you're skiing or snowboarding. This can be costly so choose wisely and always try things on. You can select most clothing from outdoor shops or online before you leave home. Be sure to take waterproof trousers and a big ski coat. It is also important to take ski goggles and waterproof gloves. Don’t forget lip balm and sunblock either. It can be surprisingly sunny out on the slopes, and that sun is reflected back at you from the snow. The lip balm and sunblock will prevent you from getting sunburnt. There are rentals for boots, and other equipment such as poles once you arrive at the resort.
No matter how good you are out on the slopes, you may still end up having an accident. So it is important that everyone in your party has ski insurance. This is more than just regular travel insurance. It will cover any medical bills that you need to pay for as a result of accident and injury. Generally speaking, you will have to get a separate ski policy alongside your travel insurance. However, some companies can add a policy for skiers onto their regular travel policies. You should speak to your insurance provider about which is the best option for you.
You will need ski passes to access all the lifts up to the tops of the slopes. Sometimes, these passes are also required for equipment rental and access to certain amenities at the resort. These are usually included in your accommodation price. However, it is a good idea to check that they are because sometimes you will have to buy them separately.