Holidays are about going on trips with family and getting the most of your time together or they could also be about a solo trip. This can be anything from a weekend getaway to a week away camping in the mountains.
Going out to ski is an amazing experience, but make sure you prepare well for it. Whether you go by yourself or with your family on this winter ski holiday, you want to make sure that everyone is safe and enjoys themselves. Here are some tips on how to enjoy yourself when going on a ski trip.
Plan Ahead of Time
The earlier you start planning your solo ski trip or your family holiday, the better. Start checking prices for flights and hotels or even camping sites if you intend going ski camping. The early you do so, the better the deals you can get.
For example if you are planning on going skiing in Australia or taking a winter tour in Argentina, there is a lot of helpful information online about your destination. Check out websites for tourist attractions, local winter events and things to do, and the winter resort itself. There might even be some good deals or last-minute offers that you can take advantage of.
Websites like TripAdvisor allow you to see what others think of the resort and hotels in the area and can help you find hidden gems that most people miss. In case you plan on spending your winter in Auli, it also allows you to prior book activities like snowshoe trekking, winter walking trails, hiking or skiing, and others.
You should also start thinking about what you are going to need for the trip. How much clothing is everyone going to wear? If you need ski lessons or not? What kinds of foods are you taking on the trip, and where will you be cooking them?
At the very least, make sure you know what type of skiing you are going to be doing so that you can choose the right skies.
If you are with your family, discuss this ahead of time so that everyone knows what they are getting into.
Make a Budget
You want to make sure that everyone is spending the same amount of money and no one is getting over their head or keeping it too low and restricting others’ activities.
This way, you can avoid arguments about who’s spending what and how much you should all be putting out. If you’re planning on going with other people for ski events, it’s a good idea to have them contribute as well. This is also important if you are taking children.
Dress Appropriately and Pack Wisely
Being cold or wet can completely ruin your experience and make it miserable. Ensure you pack exactly what you need for your trip basis the ski destination you have planned. For example winter in Montana, Ottawa, Switzerland or even Minnesota can be a tat bit extreme, so plan accordingly.
Dressing in layers is key when you’re going to be outside for a long period of time. Make sure that you dress in clothes that are comfortable, and take the appropriate layers for changing weather conditions, especially ones that can keep you warm on the slopes. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast.
Items your travel kit should include:
- Outerwear (long sleeve shirts and pants)
- Midlayers (thermal underwear, sweaters, or hoodies)
- Insulation (Windbreakers and parkas)
- Shell Clothing (Raincoats, ski jackets, and pants)
- Protective Footwear (Ski boots)
Also, make sure you have everything with you before you leave for your trip. Make a list of what ski gear you need and check it twice before heading out the door, and even more than once if needed!
This includes clothes and accessories like ski socks, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and goggles. Be sure to take extra gloves, goggles, hats, etc., in case one of them gets wet or lost. If you are camping or staying in an igloo, make sure to also take sleeping bags, flashlights, matches/lighters, toiletries, towels, etc. Make sure you check the clothing labels before you buy your ski clothing to ensure they are well-equipped to keep you warm on the slopes.
You can also pack a camera drone if you want to film yourself from above. If you are planning skiing at night, make sure you have night time flying waiver as some locales don’t allow flying drone at night.
You should also take a first-aid kit just in case something happens to any member of your party while you are there.
Knowing about possible temperature changes and snowstorms in advance can also be helpful so that you don’t take too much.
Take Food and Water
Take food, water, snacks with you! A ski trip might seem like a good time to eat out or not be prepared, but there are many risks associated with this idea. First of all, if you’re spending money on eating out, you’ll be paying more than it would cost if you were to take your own food.
This also applies to drinks. It’s easy for water bottles and juice boxes to spill or leak if they aren’t properly contained; this will leave you without your food and drink supply.
Make Sure Everyone is Safe and Be Flexible with the Weather
Make sure your children are safe when skiing by having them take lessons. When you book the lessons, make sure to ask if they offer private or group lessons.
You don’t want to waste money on something that not everyone is going to benefit from since ski destinations and ski resorts can be expensive. Once you book your lessons, book your equipment rentals, so you are ready to go once you arrive at the ski resort.
If you’re going to a ski resort, allow time to find a good parking space for your car. Ski resorts often get crowded, and it’s easy for you to get tired of driving around in circles until someone leaves and you can nab their spot!
If you find a parking space, make sure to keep an eye on your car. You don’t want someone to take a souvenir home in the form of a side mirror.
The weather can also play a big part in how your ski trip turns out. Weather conditions definitely change from season to season, keep in mind winter safety tips before you travel.
It might mean that even if it starts out sunny, it’s going to start snowing in an hour or two, which will make some parts of your trail or slope dangerous to ski on. Be prepared for the change and be flexible with it. The more flexible you can be, the more enjoyable your trip will be.
Skiing is one of those sports that can be enjoyed by everyone, but ensure you have the right winter sports gear. Limitless people participate every year, whether it’s their first or five hundredth time on the slopes.
It can be a great way to get away from your daily routine and enjoy something with your friends or family members. While skiing can be fun, it can also be dangerous if you don’t prepare yourself.
Make sure to keep these five tips in mind before your ski trip begins!