How to Prevent your Ski Holiday from Going Downhill
Skiing can be a fantastic holiday. Wherever there is a snow covered mountain, there will be a resort offering catered chalets, self-catered accommodation and luxury hotels to tempt skiers of all levels to enjoy the white gifts from kind winter.
Skiing has its hidden dangers and the best way to guard against them is to pack properly. This might be your first trip to a foreign ski resort, in which case, renting ski’s and boots is sensible. You can do this before you fly or at the resort itself. If you’re no stranger to the mountain top and you’re starting to get a taste for fresh powder snow, buying your own equipment might be the thing.
And plenty of it: base layers, jumpers, fleeces and of course, your ski trousers and jacket complete with interesting pattern. The drier the snow, the longer you can ski without getting wet. However, as we British know, the weather forecasts can never be trusted, so at least two sets of clothing (base layer, jumper, socks and gloves), would be wise. Wear one, while the other dries.
UV bouncing off glistening snow can result in burnt lips in about 20 minutes. As a must-have piece of equipment, resorts tend to charge a hefty price for sunscreen and lip protector, so it’s better to buy it before you head to the airport.
You might look a little less cool sashaying down a gentle slope wearing a helmet, but the most innocuous slip and knock to the head could end in disaster. British actress Natasha Richardson did just that in 2009 and what must have felt like a harmless knock developed into an epidural hematoma. Her life support was turned off four days later. Instructors at the Quebec resort where she was skiing said a helmet would have saved her life.
You might be thinking “obvious, isn’t it?” You may not be among the 30% of British holidays makers who neglect to take out insurance before hitting the ski slopes of Europe. Consider the injuries that skiers sustain: broken limbs (around £4000 in the Apls), a spinal injury (approximately £6,500) and if you’re in a remote location, or another continent, you’re looking at a bill of more than £20,000. For the sake of between £20 and £60, for a single person, depending on the extent of the coverage you require. Don’t leave home without it.
A Ski Bag
Whether you rent before you fly, or you’ve just bought your own equipment, you’ll need a bag to transport it all safely. Airlines are notorious not only for their complex terms and condition around sports equipment, but also for poor care of passenger’s luggage. Here’s where a ski bag comes in. Complete with boot compartment, this piece of luggage will store your skis, boots and clothing, and be comfortable to carry on your way to your ski chalet breaks.
There are two types of bag: soft shell – usually very durable – and hard cased.
The downside of ski bags is some are considered too big for the baggage restrictions of budget airlines and passengers may face extra charges when checking in their ski bag.
This guest post was contributed by Marie-Paule Graham, from Chalet Finder, home to the best ski chalet deals. For catered ski chalets and unforgettable ski chalet breaks Chalet Finder puts you in direct contact with the owners of ski chalets so you don’t pay booking fees.