5 Things we Love Most about Skiing and Snowboarding

 

For snow-lovers hankering after the next dash to the mountains, the wait for winter can be long and dull. But the soaring highs and sweeping descents you enjoy when you reach your destination make the wait more than worthwhile.

Recently, we sent a question around Interactive Resorts HQ, asking our passionate skiers and snowboarders what draws them back to the slopes again and again each year. Of all the answers, there were a few that everyone had in common.

In the next few lines, we’re taking a look at a few of the factors that popped up again and again in the responses we got.

Exploring cultural differences

From trying your hand at the local lingo to savouring Alpine delicacies like French raclette, Italian costolette or Austrian apfelstrudel — delving into the cultural differences that make your host country special is one of the best things about visiting the Alps.

Après ski varies from resort to resort, country to country as well — and it’s always intriguing to see how our friends in foreign climes celebrate the end of each ski day. From a relaxing chocolat chaud by the slopes in Chamonix to the full-on foot-stomping, table-top dancing après ski atmosphere of St Anton, there’s a wealth of ways to enrich your time in the Alps with a little cultural immersion.

Escaping into the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re a nervous learner or a seasoned expert on the snow, you can’t fail to be impressed by the might and majesty of the mountains. Exploring the peaks and valleys with friends and family is one of the great joys of skiing and snowboarding, and the fun of sharing tall tales of adventure when you rendezvous around the dinner table is surely the cherry on the cake.

The opportunity for travel is one of the sport’s biggest draws, and it’s surprisingly easy to combine a trip to the Alps with a city break for further exploration. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out our blog on city and ski holiday combos for winter 2017/18.

The soaring peaks of Alpe d'Huez, courtesy of Filip Bunkens.

Getting ski fit

Few of us enjoy exercise for exercise’s sake, and many people need an end-goal in order to get motivated to break a sweat. If that motivation comes in the form of those first snowflakes of winter, then so be it! But like it or loathe it, there’s a serious side to ski fitness, and staying in shape is a big part of enjoying your time on the snow to the full. Healthy body, healthy mind!

Fresh, new kit each winter

You don’t have to be a shop-a-holic to appreciate the sleek, stylish and tech-savvy ski and snowboard gear that comes out each winter ski season. But when temptation comes knocking in the form of brand new skis, snowboards and skiwear, you do sometimes have to have a good handle on that credit card!

The Ski and Snowboard Show is a great place to introduce yourself to a few of the up-and-coming brands making headway for themselves in the competitive world of skiwear, and if you’re keen to rock the Alps in the latest kit then it’s a great place to start.

Freestyle -v- Freeride

Are you a park rat or a powder hound? Does it matter? No. The point is, hitting the park and the off-piste during your time in the mountains is a sheer joy. Whether you’re hitting the biggest booter you can find or steering your snowboard through the steep and deep, the freedom you feel on your skis or board is hard to replicate outside of the Alps. If you’re one of those skiers or snowboarders whose never happier than when hitting the half-pipe or riding the rails, check out a few of our top freestyle challenges in the snowparks of Europe.  

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