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Winter Ski Tips and Advice

If you’re lucky enough to be heading off to the slopes for skiing or snowboarding this winter, then check out our winter ski advice.  By following these tips you can make sure you have the best ski holiday ever, without any unwelcome surprises:

  1. Ski Fit
    Before heading off for a skiing holiday, it’s highly advisable to invest some time in getting yourself ski fit.  Ideally, you should think about limbering up about eight weeks before you depart.  As well as muscle strengthening exercises and classes, think about stamina too, like cycling or running.  As well as keeping you on the slopes for longer, getting ski fit should help you avoid injuries.
     
  2. Winter Sports Travel Insurance
    Don’t forget that you must make sure you have winter sports cover travel insurance.  Even if you have an annual travel insurance policy, be sure to phone your provider and update them on your plans. Failure to do so will make any insurance policy null and void!
     
  3. Sun Screen
    Don't forget sun protection for your face.  Invest in sunscreen for lips and cheeks too as these areas are delicate.  Also invest in high-quality UV protection sunglasses (for when you are enjoying some daytime après ski) and UV ski googles for skiing.
     
  4. Junior Skiers
    If you’re skiing with small children, be aware that skiing is extremely tiring, not to mention cold.  Ensure you factor plenty of breaks into your day.  Make sure you keep little ones topped up with snacks and food to keep their energy levels high and keep refuelling them with hot drinks to help keep them warm!  How about keeping your ski suit pockets full of treat-sized chocolate bars?
     
  5. Altitude Sickness, Stay Hydrated
    Ensure you stay well hydrated, and limit alcohol, as the high altitude will make you become very dehydrated. This in turn can lead to altitude sickness, leaving suffers feeling tired, nauseous and/or physically sick.
     
  6. Meet and greet parking
    If you're taking skis with you and you're driving to the airport, book Help Me Park's meet and greet parking. Be aware that not all shuttle buses that will take you from the airport car parks to the airport can accommodate skis or snowboards, so to ensure you can transport your skis or boards to the airport, book valet parking.

For more information and tips about ski holidays, check out the following articles:

Guide to airline charges for skiers

First-time skier tips

Preparation for your first skiing holiday