Think of a holiday, and most of us think of ourselves exploring a sunny island or happily laying horizontally on a postcard-perfect beach. But winter activity holidays have been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years, so could an alpine break offer more of an escape from daily reality? Learning how to ski and snowboard is a very different type of break than a beach vacation. Learning a new skill, having lots of fun and enjoying the notorious parties, cheese, and chocolate and well-earned beer apres-ski are things that can be seriously addictive. But breaking traditions and ingrained habits can be hard, so in case you need more convincing, here some reasons to love a ski break:
The Power of Nature
The great outdoors can be mesmerising, and there’s a very different type of beauty on display on a winter sports vacation than at a beach resort. Twinkling lights, snow-topped awe-inspiring peaks rising majestically, pine trees and beautiful white glistening snow as far as the eye can see – there’s definitely something magical in the air. The scenery you’ll encounter is like nothing else and will make you stop and marvel at the power of nature. There’s nothing like the deep peace of a snow-covered valley for making you feel as far removed as possible from the daily grind. Pick up a ski magazine for a taste of what to expect.
The thing about ski breaks is that the food is unreal – bubbling cheese fondues, chocolatey puddings and all kinds of delicious alpine delicacies are on offer – and because of all the calories you’ve burnt off skiing or snowboarding, indulging comes with much less of a guilty kick than other vacations. If you don’t need to worry about parading your beach body in a teeny bikini, then you feel freer to enjoy the moment – any bit of bloating if you have overindulged can be concealed under a draped knit. There aren’t many occasions in life when you can eat and drink with no regrets, but a snowy break is one of them!
The Comfortable Clothing
Looking chic on the slopes is all about comfort – no awkward strappy heels or body-confidence demanding dresses here. Looking at cosy chic is all about fleece-lined, suck you in leggings, flattering, oversized soft knitwear, fur-lined hoods and cosy Ugg boots, Looking good has never been so comfy. A killer scarf collection, a flattering slim-line padded coat and some beautiful leather gloves and you’re good to go.
If you love a golden glow but hate having to lie horizontally on the sand all day to get it, then a winter holiday offers you a way to get one. Being at altitude with reflective surroundings means you’ll tan super-quick – so make sure to pack a high-quality UVA/UVB sunscreen (UVA protection combats the rays that cause ageing, while UVB stops you from burning). A thermal spray and a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid will keep your skin plumped and fresh and keep you looking youthful.
Love the Apres Ski
Snow resorts are renowned for their wild after parties, so the nightlife on a winter holiday is guaranteed to be worth a visit. The apres ski is genuinely a really fun event, with cosy bars and restaurants and lively nightclubs usually being a part of the offering at winter sports resorts from Whistler to Val d’Isere. The beer and the altitude can combine to make some pretty memorable nights, and all that alpine scenery is tailor-made for romance.
Create Some Amazing Memories
Whether you’re on a girls holiday, a trip with your partner or a family break, the primary purpose of any vacation is to create amazing memories for the future. Our lives race by so fast, taking time out to reconnect with those we hold dear is absolutely vital. Being away from our jobs, our commitments and even our technology can help us strengthen old bonds and discover new ones, and something about the remoteness of a ski trip really enhances this. By booking a winter sports vacation with your nearest and dearest, you can get away from it all – the trip is sure to provide some of your finest memories in years to come. All that snow is the perfect backdrop for some envy-inducing Instagram Stories, and cuddling up in the chalet, sharing a fondue, relaxing in front of a roaring open fire and perhaps even enjoying a hot tub under the stars will be unbeatable moments. You’ll be planning a return trip before you know it!