Top 10 Reasons Why Ski Trips to the Alps are Awesome
The Alps, they are gorgeous
I missed skiing last year, so I was very excited to head to the Alps this year. We have quite a big group with which we go skiing every year. Last year however around ski season I was busy enjoying coronas and tacos in Mexico and learning to surf; so no skiing for me.
Being from Finland, I suppose I learned to ski about the time I learned to walk, and I do love it. In the recent years I have also developed a love/hate relationship with snowboarding, but I suppose that was just because we had a bumpy start with lots of bruises. But things are better these days with snowboarding and me, thou I think she’s not too happy that I gave her a miss on this year’s ski trip. I think getting back together next year might be a little painful.
Skiing however isn’t the only good thing about ski trips, I realized this more than ever on this last ski trip. It was more about the trip itself.
We have a good group of people, which always varies a little every year. It’s a great time to catch up with everybody and spend time together; whether that is on the slopes, in the pub afterwards or just chilling in the chalet with a good board game.
Getting ready to do some skiing
No ski trip to the Alps is complete without eating enough cheese to make your local pizzeria blush. This is especially easy on the French Alps, where cheese is the main ingredient to many of the foods they serve, like raclette, fondue, tartiflet and so on. Each of which I of course had to try again.
Raclette, which is the big cheese piece with a heater, you eat the melting cheese with some cold meats and potatos
As mentioned above, eating is always an important part of a ski trips, whether it means eating out or cooking by ourselves. We have a steak night and a cheese night separately. Cheese night is usually at the end of the trip, as I never want to see cheese after that. And quite a few of my friends are actually very good cooks.
4. The Views
The views on the Alps are just stunning. Especially if you are standing at the top of a mountain, seeing snowy mountains peak stretching until the horizon. And also when you are sitting on a lift, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the snowy views.
Plenty of time to enjoy the views when you are sitting in a lift
5. Coffee breaks (or vin Chaud)
Skiing is hard work, and after a few hours of heavy skiing, there is nothing better than stopping for a quick break with café ole (coffee with milk); or getting a Vin Chaud (mulled wine) which warms you up nicely.
Coffee break in the sunshine
6. The beer after a day of skiing
While there is nothing preventing you having a beer mid-day, which I often do, there is still something special about that first beer after a day of skiing. After a day of hard skiing, you finally sit down, get rid of your jacket and gloves, open your boots fully, and then take that sip of cold tasty beer. And it’s so good.
A beer after a day of skiing tastes damn good
France and wines, do I need to say more, except that good French wines in France are a lot cheaper than anywhere else.
With all the sport activity during the day it is easy to justify a bit of extra calorie in-take, whether that be a tiramisu or crème brûlée (or three, as I did this year).
Why have just one creme brulee when you can have three
9. The adrenalin rush
Not saying that all skiers are adrenalin junkies, far from it. Thou it has to be said that there is reasonable amount of evidence that I might be one. There are a lot of situations in skiing that might give you a good adrenalin rush, whether that is speeding down a difficult black run, making a mistake at high speed, going off-piste and facing the unknown or doing tricks in the park and playing with the kickers.
Having fun in the snow park
10. Skiing & Snowboarding
Oh, and there is of course the skiing itself, which is pretty nice.
But yes, often it is the times between skiing that are the best, like here with a nice mid-day vin chaud
Have I missed something? What do you think is best about ski trips?