Snow sports holidays have always been a respected choice, with millions yearning far and wide for a carpet of snow during the cold months rather than ice packs like we experience in Britain. They are extremely popular with families looking for their own adventure vacation, especially during the Christmas season. What could be better than waking up on Christmas Day, opening presents, and then skiing or snowboarding through a winter wonderland? Here are just a few things you might want to consider to make sure your Christmas dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare anytime soon.
Skiing or snowboarding?
Before you get there, you really need to decide what kind of winter sports you want to do. Depending on your previous experience and skills in other sports, this may mean choosing the sport quickly or struggling with it. When skiing, your feet are attached to individual skis, a feeling when you are in motion that is similar to skating. This allows you to travel with your face first, but turning can become difficult if you don’t keep your feet parallel. Snowboarding, on the other hand, is very similar to skateboarding or surfing, where your feet work together on one sturdy board. This means you can only drive sideways and turn with your front or back toward the slope, which is often the direction people fall, which can sometimes lead to more injuries. Travel
during summer vacations, where the dangers are understandably minimal, people sometimes choose not to take out insurance, thinking it might just be an unnecessary expenditure of their pocket money. However, insurance for a winter holiday is paramount, especially if you want to try snow sports. At many European resorts, your insurance documents must be presented before treatment can begin. If you don’t have these, some form of down payment or the full amount is demanded. The last thing you need when a loved one is badly injured is undue financial stress on your back. It might cost £50 a week, but it must be better than paying thousands of pounds in medical bills.
What clothes to wear?
Choosing the right kind of clothing is also important when you’re out on the frigid slopes. Before you hit the road, buy some good salopettes. These are basically waterproof dungarees that will keep you from getting soaked and cold if you happen to fall. It is also beneficial to purchase not only a warm and waterproof jacket, but also a jacket with a fitted snow skirt. These are elastic bands around the waist of the garment that are made to prevent snow from falling on your back if you fall again. Finally, a good hat and gloves are important. With temperatures ranging from 3 to 15, it is important to keep warm, otherwise it can get very dangerous.
There are only a few things to think about before embarking on your magical ski holiday. Contact a specialist and see what other things you need to consider to make your trip absolutely perfect.
This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of the Adventure Company. They offer great adventure family holidays and other fantastic active holidays.