Ski vacations are perfect for winter – and sometimes summer – whether you are going with your friends, family, or even by yourself. Although skiing may take a lifetime to master, planning the perfect ski vacation will be easy with our pro tips.
Stay at your Skill Level
Often, newer skiers have the propensity to overexert themselves by pushing themselves too hard and fast. There is no shame in taking your time to warm up on a couple of beginner hills or even taking a lesson or two before you go. Plenty of resorts offer a variety of lessons, so if it has been a while, or this is your first time, take advantage of that. And you’ll be skiing like the pros in no time.
If you want to save time and money when planning your ski trip, try purchasing your lift tickets ahead of time. Not only will you avoid waiting in long lines when you arrive, but you will also be able to take advantage of the discounts that most resorts offer to those who choose pre-purchase tickets.
Prepare for the Elements
Skiing works best when you wear layers. While this is true in most cases, wearing the proper clothing will help you stay safe and comfortable on the slopes. Think in threes. First, a base layer that will help absorb sweat, then a middle layer of fleece or wool to regulate your body temperature. Finally, the outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. If this is your first skiing experience and you are unsure if it will become a regular activity, you can always rent ski clothes. And remember the SPF. When you’re out on a mountain with glistening snow, the UV exposure is multiplied, so sunscreen is non-negotiable.
Bring Snacks and Water
Skiing is a highly intensive sport, so it is good to prepare by having some snacks on hand, especially with children. It is important to keep your energy up by having calorically-dense snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or dried fruit. Water is also crucial when you are on the slopes and need extra hydration.
Plan Other Activities
Although it is a ski vacation, there will likely be other things you want to do as well. Many ski resorts offer activities such as tubing, skating, snowmobiling, and sledding, so plan on adding those to the roster. Plus, depending on how long your vacation is, it is nice to spend some time relaxing in the hotel’s hot tub to give your arms and legs a break.
Take Time to Recover
As we previously mentioned, giving your arms and legs time to recover is nice. Skiing is physically exhausting so relaxing and recovering is essential so as not to overwork them and possibly hurt yourself. Plus, you’re on vacation, so sleeping in for a day or two might be nice.