If you are contemplating going on a ski vacation this year, you should start preparing for it with at least a few weeks in advance. Which destination to choose? What should you prepare in advance? How much does it cost? What should you be packing? The answers to all these questions are important for being able to enjoy a perfect ski vacation.
Choose your destination and prepare physically for your ski vacation
If you plan to spend your winter vacation on the slopes, you’ll be better prepared if you plan everything in advance. Without becoming obsessed by scheduling and preparing, it is nevertheless important that some points are observed. The first thing of course is your destination. If you are planning to spend an entire week on the slopes, it is impossible to make the most out of it if you only do a few hours’ research a night before departing.
There are numerous things to take into account when it comes to choosing a ski destination and before making your bookings you should make sure you know as much as possible about your destination. Experienced skiers start their research with two or three months in advance and make their bookings at least one month before departure to avoid unpleasant surprises.
The second point that most tourists often overlook is the physical preparation. Ski holidays differ from others, such as summer holidays for example, in that they are quite physically demanding. Normally you leave on a ski vacation to glide over the white powder, to walk in snowshoes, or just for having hours of fun with your kids. However, all these activities are more or less physically demanding. Preparing in advance may prove to be useful as you will thus avoid a ruined vacation because of aches all over the body. Soften your joints every day with simple exercises, strengthen your muscles and your breathing by taking the stairs instead of riding in the elevator, go biking or jogging every morning, or simply walk for a half hour daily.
Do not forget: budget, insurance, suitcases
When it comes to your budget, try to first estimate your daily expenses. Include here the cost of your accommodation, equipment hire and plan a little extra for contingencies. If you want to restrict your budget a little, you can take with you some products such as coffee, pasta, chocolate, and more. You could also choose discounts on packages lifts if you are a large family or have a student card. If you book your equipment a month in advance on the Internet, you can save up to 30% of your budget. However, it is imperative to choose the right equipment as this ensures your safety and that of your family.
Another point that is important not to overlook is the insurance. Always consider the risks you incur by doing an activity on snow and remember that insurance is not superfluous. Moreover, contact your insurer in advance in order to make sure all those who go on holiday are covered. If you are already insured, make sure your contract includes coverage of risks related to skiing. Last point is the suitcase. Especially for children, do not forget their health record and everybody’s ski masks, waterproof footwear and warm scarf, hat, gloves, tights, anorak, and sunscreen. Do not forget your camera to capture your moments on the slopes.