From learning a new skill to seeing some of the world’s most breath taking scenery, there’s a multitude of reasons why it’s never too late to seize the moment and hit the slopes on a skiing holiday.
Here are 8 reasons why:
1. It’s cheaper than you think
One of the main reasons people are put off skiing holidays is the myth that they’re super-expensive. They’re not.
There are resorts available for every type of budget, and one of the easiest ways to save the pennies is by booking a package, which can include flights, accommodation, transfers, equipment and more – perfect for first-timers who aren’t entirely sure what they need to sort out before and even during a ski holiday
2. It’s a great way to get fit
Think of skiing like a sport that’s so fun you don’t even realise you’re doing it. Even if you’re not a gym bunny, skiing will have you toned up and burning calories before you know it – it could even help to kick-start a healthy regime when you get back home.
Skiing works your core muscles and improves your posture, balance and body strength, making it a great exercise whatever your age.
3. It’s good for your health
Exercise might release endorphins, but skiing does it one better. The feeling of flying down the slopes in the crisp open air is almost guaranteed to help you relax and feel adrenaline that you just don’t feel in your everyday life.
You’re also out in the sunshine every single day, upping your Vitamin D levels which in turn make you feel happier, more energised and helps you sleep better. Just don’t forget your sunscreen.
4. You’ll learn something new
You’re never too old to learn a new skill. Skiing will not only push you physically but give you a mental workout too.
Remember as a child you’d revel in learning something new, like riding a bike or roller skating, and the sense of achievement you had once you’d mastered it? That’s exactly what you’ll feel on a ski holiday.
Make sure you book lessons with a ski instructor or a ski school before you take to the slopes.
5. You’ll experience majestic scenery
It’s not every day you see a snow-covered mountain or a picture-perfect alpine village, but every ski holiday guarantees views that will take your breath away and show you a picture perfect winter scene that you simply don’t see at home.
6. You’ll make new friends
Skiing is a social sport and you’ll find friends everywhere you turn. From a stranger on the chairlift to a fellow bar hound at the pub, you’ll immediately have something in common.
Nothing unites people like a shared interest, and you’ll find like-minded people everywhere you go on a ski holiday.
7. The après-ski
The slopes are cool, granted, but the après-ski is legendary. Many people say you’ve not properly partied until you’ve done it down a mountain – some of the pubs and clubs are even up the mountain.
If you’re not much of a party animal, fear not. Many resorts offer world-class dining options, casual restaurants and places to relax in, so you can avoid the craziness if you want to.
8. There’s more to a ski holiday than skiing
You might think the clue is in the title but there’s so much to do on a ski holiday besides skiing.
Many resorts offer a range of snowy activities that have nothing to do with the slopes. There’s everything from husky-sledging to snow-shoeing, sledding to riding a snowmobile.
And if it’s something a little slower paced that floats your holiday boat, many resorts have R&R in abundance, complete with spas, swimming pools, beauty treatments and perhaps the best of the bunch – outdoor Jacuzzis and hot tubs.
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