From soaking up the sun on a Caribbean beach, skiing down a snowy mountainside to backpacking through Europe, there is one thing which all holidays have in common; they are over far too quickly.
You spend months planning your perfect trip and counting down the days to escape on a well-earned break and before you know it you are back to reality reminiscing about your holiday which seems like a distant memory.
Unfortunately we cannot turn back the clocks, but we can give you a few helpful pointers to make the most of your Ski holiday.
Picking a destination
Planning is everything, especially with a ski trip. Limited to the amount of daylight hours you have, you need to plan which slopes you want to hit and more importantly how you are going to get there.
Possibly the most important decision to make before you do anything else is where you are going. This decision depends on personal preference, ability and seasonality so it’s vital you do your research beforehand.
Most resorts offer a range of slopes depending on personal ability but this is not always the case.
Checking the weather
This may sound obvious, but weather is something which can play a huge part in a winter sports holiday and put a damper on any plans. Weather fronts can change quickly in some locations and make conditions unsuitable or even dangerous to be outside in.
There are a number of websites available to help you keep track of changing weather fronts, giving you detailed breakdowns and forecasts for the majority of ski resorts across Europe and the world.
Most resorts have peak seasons which are determined by the amount of snow on the slopes and the expected conditions.
Keeping yourself safe
Many forget that skiing can be extremely dangerous and is something which should not be underestimated. There are a number of factors which can be potentially dangerous when you are out on the slopes and it is important that you and your family are well informed before heading out.
Most resorts will have a dedicated instructor on hand to guide you through the slopes and the basics of skiing, this is great for novice and first time skiers as it gives them time to adjust and get used to the different stances.
Travel insurance is something which some of us forget to factor in when planning our holidays, but for a winter sports or skiing break it is vital. Winter sports travel insurance ensures that you are covered for any kind of accident that you should suffer when on the slopes, covering you where standard travel insurance doesn’t.
If you have an accident abroad and do not have any form of travel insurance, you may find that it can be a costly experience. You will be expected to pay medical expenses which can even include the cost of ambulance call outs, having travel insurance helps you avoid this and gives you peace of mind that if the worst should happen, your focus can be on recovering rather than on medical bills.