I just realised recently that it’s been just over 5 years since my last real ski holiday in 2012 when I went to Levi in Finland. I mean, I’ve been skiing since then as I ended up living in Finland for a while, but my last real holiday… like 7 full days straight of skiing was that trip.
I’ve had a ski trip on my “list” for the last couple years too but you know how life is… I even applied for a campaign which involved a ski trip a couple months ago but wasn’t lucky enough to get selected. So until I make it on my next adventure, theres no harm in reminiscing about why I love when the mountains do call…
It’s one of the few vacations that you actually could do with getting fit for
It takes a fair bit of fitness to be able to spend hours and hours on the slopes. it won’t do any harm to hit the gym before your trip to strengthen your legs, core and arms especially.
Get your body used to the moves and positions you’ll be using and also the level of endurance involved. During the season, some gyms even put on skit fitness classes so you don’t have to do it on your own!
It can be an amazing combination of sunshine and snow
My first ski trip to France was amazing… we took breaks at the top of the mountains, sitting in the sunshine. Wearing a base layer and a gilet was enough for most of the time too!
When I came back to the UK my face was so sun kissed I didn’t need to wear foundation for weeks! …Finland was the very opposite, with temperatures of -40 so if you do want sunshine you need to pick your time and place appropriately!
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It’s another opportunity to curate a fab wardrobe…
I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves the feel of new kit! I love shopping for everything about skiing; a standout jacket, cute socks, pyjamas to hang out in your Chalet, a warm hat, base layers with a pop of colour…
Check out my Pinterest ‘Hit The Slopes’ Board for outfit inspiration and more!
You don’t have to go too far to find slopes…
These days, with it almost being cheaper to fly to Europe than to travel across the UK, it means it’s easier than ever to get to an awesome ski resort. Check out this post from Cheapflights for 5 European ski resorts with really fast airport transfers too!
Après Ski life is the one…
All I remember is afternoon tea with a fresh baked caked, 3 course dinners, and if we could stay up long enough, trips down to the pub to hang out with new friends made each day.
When I went to Les Deux Alpes, there was even a heated outdoor swimming pool which you could take a dip in while it was actually snowing!
There are also so many other activities that you can get involved in, from cross country skiing (read about my experience here) to snow shoeing, husky rides and tours to see if you can spot the Northern Lights (if you’ve chosen to ski that far north)
When was the last time you hit the slopes?! Which is your favourite resort?!