Four Tips So That Your Ski Game Is On Point in 2017 (No. 2 Is A Must!)

By   |   January 17, 2017   |   Travel

So you’ve finally decided that this year is the year when you are going to put a pair of skis on for the first time? Congratulations! But before you start dreaming of the delicate white landscapes and the hot cup of chocolate that you will enjoy in front of an open fireplace after a day outside, you need to get a few things sorted to make sure that this adventure can be a complete success.

Get Some Proper Winter Clothes!
Ski holidays are great because they are a lot more forgiving regarding fashion. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the latest leather skirt. What fashion is about in ski villages is keeping you warm and cozy! Start by taking a careful look at your current wardrobe and ask yourself: Is it wintry enough? Indeed, the temperatures are colder in ski villages and the presence of snow calls for clothes that are weather- and waterproof. Ideally, you should have a few warm jumpers, thermal underwear – it’s not very sexy but you’ll be glad to have it when you are walking outside -, waterproof gloves and ear cuffs. Additionally, you should also have a proper winter coat. Ideally, make it an anorak as this will keep the snow at bay!

What About That Ski Outfit?
Most ski resorts will let you borrow your ski clothes as well as your complete ski gear. This is the preferred option for most holiday-makers, as buying a full ski or snowboard equipment with winter clothes can be a waste of money if you are only skiing once a year. Most sports shops in a ski village will be able to advise you on the choice of your skis, based on your height and weight, as well as the choice of your ski boots. Do make sure to wear similar socks and tights to what you intend to be wearing on the slope, as you don’t want your shoes to be too tight or too loose. Ski boots are designed to hold around your leg, and this is the tightness that you can adjust for comfort. However, how tight the shoe is around the lower part of your foot can’t be adjusted. Therefore it is important to choose something that will be comfortable even after hours of skiing.

Where You Gonna Stay?
You will find two types of habitations in ski resorts: Hotels and chalets. Staying in a hotel will limit you to a confined space when you are skiing, but this will mean that you are not responsible for cleaning or even for cooking, which at the end of a long day can feel exhausting! Little alpine chalets, in contrast, provide you with a lot of space, and they have room for an entire family, such as the Chalet La Varappe in Meribel which can welcome up to 12 persons. Chalets are fully equipped with all the kitchen appliances you need to prepare dinner and share a glass of Italian liqueur with friends! They do feel very homely, yet you are in charge of cleaning and cooking.  

Whatcha Gonna Eat?
There is no real ski holiday without a good Swiss raclette. The raclette is a typical mountain dish which consists of melted cheese served with potatoes and cured meat. If you fancy a vegetarian option, you can simply replace the meat with grilled peppers!

 

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