Going on Your First Ski Vacation

Sunday, December 07, 2014

For millions of people there’s nothing quite like the exhilarating feeling that comes from skiing down a fresh snow-covered mountain. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most pleasurable sports, and if you’re considering a first-time skiing holiday there are plenty of benefits to be had.

Locations, mountain air, a glow from the sun and an improved physique are just some of the attractions of a skiing holiday.

View from the Top 2
Photo Credit: Colin Capelle

Shaping up

Most of us go on vacation to relax and rejuvenate but skiing is a winter holiday option that not only provides massive amounts of fun but also numerous health benefits. This sport is one of the best for toning the stomach and improving your coordination. As a bonus, it only takes six hours of skiing to burn off 3,000 calories. Walking up and pounding down those slopes will also elevate your heart rate, meaning you’ll receive a terrific cardiovascular workout. Your major muscle groups are constantly targeted with this activity, so you’re likely to see lots of people in good shape on the slopes.

Photo Credit: michael warren

Locations galore

A major bonus on this type of vacation is the variety of choices available when it comes to ski resorts. Popular European locations include Obergurgl in Austria, which offers a long ski season, unspoilt village atmosphere and some of the best conditions for beginners. You can ski there at a height of 3,082m. It’s also excellent for advanced skiers and for families.

For some of the best Alpine slopes, head to St. Anton in the Tyrolean Alps where you can enjoy skiing at an altitude of up to 2,811m. The longest run at St. Anton is 10.2 km and you have over 22km2 to practice those snowboarding and cross-country skiing skills on. Don’t forget to check out Alpe D'Huez in the central French Alps, one of the best skiing locations in Europe and which has almost 250 km of fabulous piste to enjoy.
Photo Credit: michael warren

Fun off the slopes

Of course a ski holiday isn’t just about those daytime activities. All of those resorts will have a range of after-ski facilities. You’ll enjoy cool bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as a fun atmosphere and plenty of socializing. Families will be well catered for and the kids certainly won’t grow bored, thanks to activities such as ice-skating, sightseeing and children’s clubs. The accommodation is also second to none with a wide range of hotels, apartments and chalets to meet both your taste and budget.

Skiing is a skill that, once mastered, will provide a lifetime of fun and it can certainly open up your vacation destination choices. As a winter holiday option it’s something to look forward to each year. If can’t wait for the ski season, you can always try some summer glacier skiing, which is an awesome experience in itself.

Lunchtime drink, La Plage de Nieges, Alpe D'Huez
Photo Credit: Ian Gratton
Annalise Wall is a tour guide with a passion for adventure sports. Her favourite sport is skiing, but when the summer comes she loves to go paragliding.

Main photo credit: stevecadman

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