Skiing holidays have always been popular, but have grown significantly in recent years. If you haven’t experienced one yet, then there are several reasons why you should aim to put it on your list.
So, for your convenience, we have compiled the three main reasons you should check one out. Hopefully you’ll take them on board and enjoy your first ski trip in the not-too-distant future:
- Good for your health
Skiing gets you outdoors, breathing in some of the freshest air while you are on top of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Not only that, but it’s great exercise, with huge cardiovascular benefits.
Skiing helps strengthen the heart and lungs, as it is an effective aerobic exercise too – but it’s also great for building lower body muscle tone and endurance. It is also one of the fastest non-motorised sports on land, with skiers sometimes moving faster than a car.
As well as all of these immediate physical benefits, you are also developing or honing a new skill. So, if it is your first time, you can work on mastering the basics, and, if it isn’t, you can work on getting more advanced skills or perfecting your technique.
One thing that first timers often worry about is potential injuries. There are a lot of common misconceptions and surprising facts. For example, according to injury statistics, Nova Scotia is the only region of the world where wearing a helmet is compulsory.
Furthermore, you should ensure that you have adequate cover for your trip, as you will want to be sure that should an accident happen, you will have all of your medical costs covered.
- Different type of holiday
Going on a ski trip offers a completely different type of break away. Rather than the usual lying by the pool all day type of package holiday, it offers the great outdoors, snow, mountains, fitness and the opportunity to make new friends.
Many people don’t realise that skiing holidays are a very sociable experience, with ski lessons and other activities providing the opportunity to meet people. You are all thrown in the same boat, learning a new skill and exploring your surroundings, so it is the perfect chance to get chatting to others and strike up friendships.
You also don’t have to just rely on skiing for the entire duration of your holiday, as there are lots of other potential activities for you to enjoy. For example, many destinations will also offer snowboarding, snow mobiles and husky rides within the local area.
The cost of a ski holiday is also a welcome surprise to many people. It has long been regarded as a pricey break, however, there are often lots of great deals to be had nowadays, so by snapping up a low budget flight and shopping around for a hotel in advance, you can secure yourself a good price.
- The apres-ski
One of the best things about a skiing holiday has to undoubtedly be the apres-ski. It cannot be ignored that many people go along for this alone! The food, the alcohol, the night life and socialising is infamously good, offering up some of the most stunning views as a backdrop.
There are many different varieties of apres-ski, depending on where you are, ranging from a few simple beers at a mountainside bar, to swanky parties with discos or live music.
The French Alps coined the term and they are, in fact, also acknowledged as being the most popular location for skiers. They are also the ones who invented the idea of all day long apres-ski and not just saving it until the very end of the day.
Asking locals for tips on the best spots to unwind at is also a good piece of advice, as this is a sure fire way to find some undiscovered bars and see a different side to the resort.
And finally, that has to be the best thing of all about ski holidays – you will get to explore some of the most undeniably beautiful places in the world. So, what better reason could there possibly be to book a trip?