Considering a winter excursion this year? While colder weather might not be at the top of everyone’s holiday checklist, vacations of the chilly variety still have their merit. Hitting the slopes or relaxing in a cozy mountain lodge are experiences you won’t find on the beaches of Spain or Portugal.
If you’re thinking about heading off on one, be sure to keep our winter holiday preparation guide in mind. Use this as a checklist before you travel.
Learn the basics before you go
It never hurts to have a grounding in something as complex as winter sports. You probably won’t want your first ever time wearing skis to be at the top of an eerily steep slope.
If you’re from a country which doesn’t get a lot of snow, you can practice on specially designed dry slopes. These provide newcomers and experienced heads alike with the chance to try their skills out on a short course which is designed to allow for skiing in all conditions.
Failing that, the very least you can do is acquaint yourself with the basics of skiing. Snow Magazine provide 10 tips which anyone heading skiing for the first time should know. Some of their best advice includes keeping your core stable and learning how to properly take turns.
As Holidaysafe point out in their useful infographic, it can cost a lot to get injured on the
slopes. Their research showed that:
- The average cost of getting rescued on the piste in Europe was as much as £445
- The average cost of repatriation by air in Europe was £12,000
- £195,528 in total was made in medical claims in 2017, to them alone
Failing to secure a financial blanket can have a major impact on your experience. And while you won’t want to think about getting hurt, the reality is that ski trips to throw up their fair share of injury.
The same infographic highlighted that as high as 1.7% of people who go skiing statistically come back with a broken bone. While that percentage sounds low, it’s considerably higher than what you’ll experience on most vacations.
Pack for extreme conditions
While you’ll quickly get warm skiing, in a mountainous environment there’s a chance you could face adverse conditions at any point. It’s better to come over-prepared than find yourself in the midst of a sudden snowstorm with very little to keep you warm.
Happy To Wander provide an extensive list for anyone needing to know what kind of equipment is required for a trip to somewhere cold. They highlight things like:
- Bringing thermal wear along
- Having a thick coat
- Moisturizing cream to avoid cracked or raw skin
- Spare pairs of underwear and clothing in case you’re caught out in a storm or rain
Even if the forecast looks clear, don’t take the risk.
Schedule your days
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, it’s useful to schedule every day of your trip. Winter sports will take up a lot of your time, so if you want to factor in things to do around them, plan well in advance.
It would also be wise to book meals at restaurants ahead of time. This is especially true if you’re traveling as part of a larger group. It can be hard to find tables if you’re in a group which reaches double digits.
Make sure to keep this advice in mind if you’re heading off on a winter adventure this year. It could go a long way to ensuring you have the time of your life.