In the winter you find that many people wind up looking for a holiday in the warmth. Some jet off to faraway shores to enjoy that warmth abroad, while we all sit here in the miserable English weather…
But while warm weather can be appealing to many people, others consider embracing the winter a little more and opt for a holiday skiing. While winter can be a little miserable at times (to say the least…), in other countries it doesn’t tend to be quite as bad. The snow isn’t as sludgy – instead it is fluffy and white and it can be quite a lot of fun trudging through thick snow and taking in the breathtaking scenery of glaciers and mountains.
Skiing, however, isn’t always a first choice of holiday and often that can be because people don’t always get to experience it. Many regular ski holiday makers will have done it from being a child, and so it can be hard to pay for a trip that you are not even sure you would enjoy. When I went skiing, I went with the attitude that yes, I didn’t know what I was doing but I was well and truly up for the challenge. With that in mind, here are few things about skiing – a quick guide on everything you need to know.
Heading to the snow-capped mountains could be one of the most exciting holidays you go on. But one of the main things to consider is where you will be staying. Thankfully there are many options to suit all budgets. From a luxury catered ski chalet to boutique hotels and hotspots. Countries that are popular for skiing include Sweden and France. Some places like Finland offer accommodation made out of ice, which is an incredible experience. Going to a destination like that could see you combine it with a trip to Lapland, which could make Christmas time very exciting. Some people fear that the accommodation won’t suit, but in actual fact, there are plenty of options much the same as there would be booking a summer holiday. So don’t let that put you off.
Gear and Clothing
It’s natural to wonder what to wear when skiing, but thankfully you can buy the sets you need all in one go. You need things like ski boots to grip when walking in the snow. You need thick thermal underwear to ensure you stay warm on the slopes, and then a thick ski jacket and trousers that add as insulation and also protection, should you fall on the slopes. Ski gear can also be hired if you are concerned about investing in it for your first trip. I would recommend looking into hiring too, as ski gear can be very pricey. Or just head to TK Maxx as I know they always stock a wide range of suitable ski clothing.
What it is like to ski?
Some people would say that skiing is one of the ultimate adrenaline rushes that you can get. If you find yourself to be a naturally sporty person anyway, then this could be the ideal thing for you to enjoy. It is that sense of freedom on the mountain. The fresh air, the beautiful scenery – it can be quite inspiring when it comes to your first time. Many people would describe it as so much fun, so for that reason alone, it might be worth taking the plunge.
What if you have never skied before?
People always get concerned about skiing because they have never done it before, but everyone is a beginner at first. Many resorts have ski schools offering tuition and classes specific to your ability. Whether young or old you will find something perfect for you. There are also specific slopes for different levels, so you won’t run the risk of heading to an advanced slope on your first day.
Who is a skiing holiday suitable for?
A skiing holiday is suitable for anyone. You can head there as a family with young children. With ski schools or even hotels and resorts offering creche or babysitting services, there is something for everyone. You could also consider heading there as a couple or with a group of friends. With bars, shops and restaurants there is a lot going on to entertain you.
What else can you do other than hit the slopes?
Finally, if you don’t want to spend each day skiing, then there are other things to do in the snow. Many resorts have shops and restaurants, but some also offer spa facilities and relaxing environments to unwind in. Plus, you have to remember a lot of people tend to go skiing purely for the apres ski…
Doesn’t skiing sound like the perfect way to spend your winter? Let’s hope this has inspired you to consider it as a holiday in the future. I know I am desperate to go skiing again!
*This is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own.