Despite the unusual autumn heat wave, winter is fast approaching and since the beach is no longer an option, it's about time we start turning our attention to the slopes. If you don't know what to do with your time off, think no more! A ski holiday is the perfect option! It's exciting, it's lots of fun, and it can be a great choice both for families and groups of friends.
But, you may say, I don't ski, I'm afraid of heights and skiing sounds like something that may give me motion sickness. To which I say, there's no need to worry! Beginner's slopes aren't too steep and many resorts have ski instructors, you'll be a pro in no time! Pick up a car hire in Geneva
and you can be in the French or Swiss Alps in no time! Here are a few tips to help you in your quest for ski proness (yes, it's a real word... honest...).
First of all, as with many things in life, gravity can be a bitch. On a slope, gravity will take you through the most direct route from point A to point B (often point B turns out to be the ground) but that may not always be the best or less accident-prone trajectory. If you learn nothing else from your ski instructor, learn at least how to steer and how to stop. Dress in layers. I cannot stress this enough. It will keep you warmer than dressing in bulky clothing and if you're hot, you can always strip down some of the outer layers. The Alps are close to the Mediterranean, so even though it will be chilly and there will be snow, it will also be quite sunny.
In high altitudes, where there is less pollution and where snow reflects the sun, it's important to wear sun block, lip balm and sunglasses or goggles. These will also help protect your skin against wind and snow. Helmets may - and often do - look silly, but they also save lives. Skiing can be great fun but, specially when you start getting the hang of it and being more adventurous, it can also be a rather dangerous sport. Remember: safety first.
And while we're on that, much like when driving your car hire in Switzerland
, you shouldn't drink before skiing. Statistics show that most ski accidents happen after lunch as a direct result of alcohol consumption. In fact, many of the rules you should follow when driving apply to ski: don't drink, drive carefully, be mindful of your surroundings, be courteous towards other people and follow the posted signs. Most of all, don't forget to have fun, take plenty of pictures and share them with us on our Facebook