Winter is coming and that only means one thing, it’s time to dig out your ski gear and hit the slopes. Whether it’s your first time skiing or you are a seasoned professional, there are plenty of reasons to head to the mountains this year. Take a read of our list below of 5 reasons why you should go skiing this winter that are guaranteed to make you rush out to book you next ski trip.
1.Breath Taking Scenery
There’s nothing better than waking up to the stunning view of the sun rising over snowy mountain peaks. The scenery only gets better when you head up to the top of the slopes. With endless views of rambling mountains etched against a piercing blue skyline for as far as the eye can see, there’s something inspiring and humbling about spending time in the mountains. For particularly incredible views, the resorts in the Trois Vallees ski area (the largest ski area in the world) in France offer incredible views over Mont Blanc while in Zermatt, Switzerland, you can ski face to face with the famous Matterhorn.
2. Group Holidays with a Twist
A ski holiday is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Switch the usual beach resorts for something a little different and head on over to the mountains. With cheap flights from the U.K and great deals on group chalets, a ski holiday can cost just the same as a beach holiday. What’s more, the electrifying après ski and all night parties match, if not top, any party beach resort when it comes to nightlife. British tour operator, Mark Warner is particularly good for group ski holidays with a host of chalets and hotels in world class ski resorts across Europe.
3. Visit Somewhere New
Whether you are a seasoned skier or it is your first time, the sheer number of ski resorts all over the world means that you can ski somewhere new every year. The world is truly your oyster when it comes to choosing your next ski destination. Resorts in North America are known for their wide runs and margarita fuelled après, but it is hard to beat the chocolate box charm of European resorts. For a truly unique experience, trade in the cheese fondue for sushi and head to Japan where you can enjoy guaranteed snow, quieter runs and breath taking scenery.
4. Fun and Exercise all in one
A great source of exercise, skiing strengthens your core and leg muscles while improving your balance and posture. The best part about it is you can do all this beneficial exercise whilst having a great time, zipping down the mountain side. It is advisable to do some basic strength training before you hit the slopes to make sure your muscles are prepared for full days on the mountain.
5. Great Food
If you are a foodie, then a ski holiday could be your dream trip. Where ever you go in the world, mountain food has its own distinct influence. If you are in France, rich cheesy dishes like tartiflette and cheese fondue are served in just about every restaurant. In Austria traditional dishes like goulash and schnitzels are a must try. Breakfast in Whistler, Canada, consists of fluffy pancake stacks, doused in maple syrup, while in Italy hearty pastas and pizzas will fill the post ski void in your stomach. Afternoon drinks vary distinctly depending on where you are in the world. In the French Alps, mulled wine and genepi are the drink of choice while in Austria jagermeister and schnapps are popular après drinks. Heading to Bulgaria skiing? Make sure you try rakia, a sweet lacquer made from plums.