How to prepare for your ski vacation
So, you’ve booked a ski vacation. (Maybe using our detailed guide to the top ski destinations in Europe!) Now you want to know – how exactly do I get prepared for my ultimate winter vacation? Don’t worry, we have a guide from start to finish to walk you through what you need to know.
- Avoid flying with skis or snowboards
There is nothing worse than getting to your destination, opening up your ski bag, and seeing them snapped in half. Look, baggage handlers aren’t purposefully trying to destroy your skis. But when they are pinched for time and trying to get the airplane in the air, you better believe your ski bag is getting chucked like a side of beef. While there is nothing better than having
the perfect pair of skis that fit you like a glove and that you are used to, save yourself the extreme frustration of having to deal with broken skis and crossing your fingers that you will get reimbursed from the airline. Are you 100% commited to bringing your skiis on board? We recommend reading the official British Airways guide to packing sporting equipment.
- Make a list, and check it twice
We have tips, but it’s you who knows exactly which pair of socks you want to bring to keep your toes warm. Start your packing by making a list of everything you need, and check it twice to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Quick tip: when going to a wintery destination, it might totally slip your mind to bring swim trunks for the hot tub!
If you are travelling with friends of family, compare lists and see if they have put down anything you missed. Two heads are better than one, and three are better than two.
- Renting skis? Do it the day before
You’ve just gotten up to the mountain, and you’re probably tired from the travel. Most likely, you want to get in some hot cocoa and sit in front of the fire. You’ll thank yourself tomorrow if you rent your skis the day before you ski. There is nothing more annoying than being in full gear at the start of a ski day in a packed equipment shop, sweating as you navigate through the crowd and miss out on the best early morning skiing while the powder is still fresh.
- Grab yourself some energy food
Some people think skiing is a breezy, relaxing coast down the mountain. If you’re carving in powder or navigating moguls, your legs are going to be on fire. Burning through the calories means that if you want energy, you need to eat for success. Water is key, and simple, easy to digest foods such as high protein granola bars will keep you full of energy. At lunchtime, stay away from greasy foods that will slow you down in the afternoon snow.
- Make sure you have the right insurance
If you’re taking a ski vacation, it might completely slip your mind that you may need special ski travel insurance. If you are doing a high risk sport, which most insurers consider skiing to be, getting injured on the slopes could be just the start of your worries. Airlifting you from the mountain can be a massive bill in the hundreds of thousands when you include the hospital bills, and you do not want to be left bankrupt with a broken leg. Do yourself a favour and make sure you have the necessary insurance.
We hope that these five tips have been helpful! We hope you have great weather on the slopes, and enjoy some incredible skiing on your holiday.