Winter’s approaching and everyone’s talking about their next trip to the slopes. You want to discover this wintery wonderland, but you’re not sure whether you’ll like skiing or not… Is it really worth your time and effort? Fear not, ski resorts aren’t just about skiing, here we’re going to show you how to make the most out of your ski holiday (and you don’t even have to go skiing if you don’t want to!).
Skiing’s great, but realistically everyone’s counting down the hours to mulled wine and hot chocolate, aren’t they? Après-ski does what it says on the tin – “after skiing” – and the place to be and be seen in any ski resort. Après-ski bars are really stepping up their game, with live music, competitions and parties that go on late until the night. Whether you’re a partygoer or you’re just looking for a quiet drink to warm you up after a long day in the mountains, you’ll no doubt be able to find something to suit all tastes. Most après-ski bars are even located right next to pedestrian-friendly chairlifts and cable-cars, so you can make the most of the atmosphere, even if you haven’t set foot on a ski-slope.
If partying and drinking isn’t your thing, why not take the slow lane and opt for a gentle snowshoe hike? Join an organised hike and learn about the environment around you or rent some snowshoes and head off by yourself. This is a beautiful and peaceful way to get to know the ski resort away from the hordes of tourists and the noisy chairlifts, although snowshoeing is not for the fainthearted! Deep snow and cold temperatures means that this is a good way to burn off any of the cheese of the night before.
A lot of resorts around the Alps have thermal spas, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing day, head to spa and get yourself pampered. Take advantage of the thermal water to heal any aches and pains from the previous days and enjoy the beautiful surroundings from the comfort of a heated pool. Other treatments will also be available, dependent on each spa centre, but this is a great way to kick back, relax and take some time out of your busy skiing week.
Head to a local restaurant to try all the local specialities. People often forget that the ski resorts have been someone’s home for generations and there is a whole mountain culture behind the chairlifts and the tourists. Take a day off the slopes to experience and learn about the unique culture – you never know what you might discover! Check out Altigliss’ last post to discover some traditional French recipes, perfect for any ski resort holiday!
If seeing the ski resort by foot doesn’t interest you, why not see it from the air? Soar high above the mountains with a professional and admire the snow-covered landscapes from above. It is easily the most beautiful panorama that you will get of the mountains and a view that very few of your friends will have ever seen.