It can be difficult to know how to go about planning a snow sports holiday – especially if it’s your first time on the slopes. Is it the kind of thing that’ll mostly take care of itself? Or is it the kind of thing that you need to plan every tiny detail of? Should you buy all of the equipment or would it be cheaper to hire it?
Fortunately, planning a successful snow sports holiday doesn’t have to be a nightmare task. It’s a lot like organising any holiday, really – the only difference is that the equipment is a bit larger than usual. Clear your mind of neon inflatables and straw hats and start thinking about skis that are five feet tall, mountains with names like The Bear and Cloudripper, and lots and lots of thermal underwear. If you plan your snow sports holiday in the same meticulous fashion as you plan all of your holidays – your adventure getaway should come off without a hitch, says TheCultureBank.org. However, if you’re more of a ‘book it and get on the plane’ sort of person – here’s a handy five step guide to planning a snow sports holiday.
Step One: Decide What Type Of Holiday You Want
There are hundreds of different snow sports holidays available to those who want to try their hand on the slopes. It doesn’t have to be nothing but snow and skis – not if you don’t want it to be. There are plenty of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts out there who like to mix their exhilaration with a little bit of relaxation. If you’re one of them, you’re going to want to make sure you visit a resort with lots of facilities. Places like Aspen in Colorado, Whistler in Canada and St Moritz in Switzerland are world famous for their top class accommodation and facilities, says Ask Men journalist Nick Clarke.
This is going to be a lot easier if you already have a country in mind. If not, don’t fear – there’s a slope out there for everyone. Obviously, where you go will largely depend on your budget and who you are travelling with. Just because the world’s best resorts tend to be in Canada, doesn’t instantly mean you should go ahead and book a long haul flight. There are hundreds of superb slopes up and down Europe – anybody considering a long haul trip should make sure that they check these out first. This resort guide from Telegraph journalist Dave Watts could also help you conquer your indecision. Finding some suitable ski and snowboarding travel insurance is the first thing you should do after booking your holiday.
Step Three: Get Fit
If you’re currently thinking ‘Hey, nobody said a snow sports holiday had to include exercise,’ – you might be in for a nasty shock. Skiing and snowboarding are incredibly intensive sports. They will physically drain you even if you’re a beginner. You’re going to get tired a lot quicker than you expect and that’s normal, but you can take steps to tackle this fatigue before you even step on the slopes. All you’ve got to do is incorporate 20 minutes of gentle exercise into your daily routine. So, take the stairs instead of the elevator on your way home. Walk to the shops instead of drive – you get the picture.
Step Four: Practice On An Indoor Slope
If you’re an amateur skier or snowboarder and you want to avoid face-planting as soon as you arrive at a resort – get yourself down to an indoor slope and master the basics. After all, you are paying a significant amount of money to take advantage of a beautiful, epic mountainside. You’re probably going to want to know how to stay on your skis for longer than thirty second before you go out there.
Step Five: Always Borrow, Never Buy
If this is your first snow sports holiday, DO NOT buy all of the equipment brand new – it doesn’t matter how confident you are, say the experts at WeLove2Ski.com. Always borrow or hire skis and snowboarding equipment, even if it means having to spend the week in a faded all-in-one. If you get to the end of your holiday and you decide that snow sports aren’t really for you – at least you haven’t wasted money on expensive equipment that you’ll never use again.