It would be fair to say that the ski season has been put on ice (pardon the pun) over the past year or so. However, if booking figures are anything to go by, a ski holiday is coming back with a bang. Those that have had trips cancelled over the past couple of seasons are itching to get back on the slopes and return to what they have been missing.
However, not everyone who is waiting to get to these ski resorts for their ski holiday is a seasoned skier. On the contrary, the sport is still just as welcoming to new skiers as it ever has been. If you fall into such a category, today’s article will take a look at some of the areas you should plan for if you are considering a trip to the mountains in the near future.
How to Plan for Your Ski Holiday
Plan for the Weather
Believe it or not, this is a very real consideration. While most of us associate the winter months with very cold temperatures, sometimes this isn’t enough.
First and foremost, you need snow. Particularly if you are visiting at the start or end of a season, this is something that is anything but guaranteed.
Failing that, you can rely on snow cannons. However, there is a caveat. These cannons only work when the temperature drops below a certain level (depending on the humidity), meaning that your ski plans can be in tatters if you fall unlucky and pick a relatively warm week. What’s the best advice? As simple as it sounds, check the weather forecast. For example, Piste Pro offer free snow forecasts for La Plagne if you happen to be visiting this area, and having this foresight can make the world of difference as you bid to make the most of your skiing getaway.
Plan to be a Poor Skier (to start with)
If you are a newbie to the ski world, you are going to have to accept that you are going to be a poor skier.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. In fact, you can have more fun than you might imagine.
For example, you can take advantage of the ski schools that are on offer. These schools will be able to get you started on the slopes and will also be able to offer you tips and tricks to make your skiing experience even more enjoyable. Don’t be under the illusion that these schools are going to be too formal and ruin all of the fun. They’re not only a chance to meet new people, but they will provide you with the basics to ensure that you’re not spending the majority of the time on your backside.
Plan your Food
In the grand scheme of things, this sounds particularly simple. But, believe it or not, skiing can be a very tiring sport, and you will need to make sure you are eating well.
This is particularly important if you are planning to ski for a number of days. As such, you should make sure you are planning your meals in advance.
If you are planning on staying in a hotel, this is going to be a little bit easier. However, if you are planning on staying in a chalet, you will need to make sure you are planning your food well in advance. Even if you are happy to cook yourself, you also have to consider how you are going to source the ingredients. A word of warning surrounds the on-resort supermarkets; they cost a fortune. If you can, take a trip to a supermarket at the foot of the mountain, where the prices are a little more respectable.