Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday
Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday
Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday
Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday
Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday

Getting ready for your luxury ski holiday

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You’ve spent all that time deciding where to go, finding the perfect luxury ski chalet, getting everyone organised for the right dates and getting everything booked. So it’s time to start thinking about what’s left to plan for your luxury ski holiday.


1. Kit


Do you have your own kit, should you purchase it, should you hire it, do you need anything replacing? Answer these and you’ll start to build the list of what you need for your ski holiday. The main things you should be thinking about are; hardware (skis, snowboard, poles, boots), ski jacket and pants, helmet, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, base layers, warmer layers and ski socks. Additional items you might also want to think about are camera equipment (the obligatory GoPro and added extras), backpacks, extra ski kit for specialist activities including touring, off-piste skiing or heli-skiing, and additional protection (wrist guards and back protectors are popular).


If you’re purchasing, make sure you order in time to try everything for size and comfort, and hire in time to make sure you get your preference, particularly in peak weeks.



2. Book ski lessons & childcare


Children can generally start ski school at 4 years old, although you may find some ski schools that will take children at 3 years old. You’ll be able to choose from private lessons, group lessons and possible all-day packages (including lunch) for ski schools, and most resorts will also have a variety of ski schools to choose from. Most of the bigger ski resorts will also have childcare facilities for younger children at a crèche, and a you’ll also find a number of private nannies in resort.


Most ski schools run identical programmes for adults and children, so you can brush up on your skills as well, allowing you to make the most of your time on the slopes.  


If you’re looking for something a bit different, you could also consider hiring a mountain guide to take you to some of those places off the beaten track, perhaps some off-piste guiding or some touring. For the pinnacle in luxury ski experience, you should definitely think about heli-skiing. You’ll be dropped off or picked up from a remote location by helicopter, giving you access to some of the best back-country and off-piste skiing.


And don’t forget that most resorts now give you the chance to pre-purchase your lift pass online to save on those queues when you arrive in resort.



3. Book non-snow activities


There are plenty of extra activities available in resort, which can bring additional entertainment to your luxury ski holiday, and also provide plenty of options for any non-skiers in your group.


The choice will depend on the resort that you’re staying in, but could include dog sledding, sledging, trying out the luge track, ice skating, a spa session or massage, a gourmet dining experience, snowmobiling, evening meals on the mountain (via snowmobiles or snowcat), adrenalin activities (zip lining, parapenting, high ropes) or maybe immerse yourself in a cultural activity.  Ski resorts have so much to offer beyond your skiing experience so make sure you make the most of them by booking early.



4. Get ski fit


Yes, it’s a holiday, but skiing is also physically demanding. To ensure that you can make the most of your luxury ski holiday, try to make sure that you’re ski fit. This will involve a mix of cardio fitness, core strength and leg strength. Swimming and cycling are a good start for a combination of all of these, and some focussed work on your legs and core will help too. Yes, we mean the dreaded squats, lunges and burpees, but if you get a group of you together at the gym or with a personal trainer then you might find that it’s actually quite good fun. And your legs will thank you for it when you’re blasting down the slopes.



If you would like to discuss your next ski trip, our experienced team are on hand to give you all the help and advise you need, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



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