Winter is coming fast … Good joke! Winter has already started in many parts of the country. While for some that are in perpetual search of the sun and the heat – it is a curse, others are looking forward to start their favorite sports earlier in the season. The skis are ready, the snow is there, go hop on and hit the slopes!
In recent years, there seems to be a craze for ski trips. Extreme sports on the coast, people are looking for a shot of adrenaline on the biggest mountains such as Mont Saint-Sauveur or even Mont Saint-Anne. The destinations such as Western Canada, the Rockies, the Alps and Japan are ideal places for lovers of skiing and snowboarding.
A ski trip – it’s not like going to an all inclusive holiday. Usually, all you need is your swimsuit and sunscreen and voila. In contrast, for a successful ski trip, there are a few tricks to preparing.
1- Make sure you get in shape
A few weeks (or months) before departure, begin to train your body and the cardiovascular system at the muscular level. The body is generally used to ski days for a weekend and that’s it. During a ski trip, rather it is 4-6 days of sport that the body has to endure. Put the odds on your side by physically preparing.
2- Prepare a list of luggage
It’s rare that I give this advice, but during a ski trip, it is better to bring more than just enough. Some ski resorts in the country require a mandatory helmet so it is always better to bring one. Anyway, it is always advisable to wear a helmet! The ideal is to bring two pairs of glasses in case of breakage. The vast majority of ski centers have shops, but in high season, prices are likely to be exorbitant. Since the temperature can vary from day to day, it is important to provide several layers of clothing, even removing them during the day.
3- Predict if you want to use your own equipment or rent
The majority of ski centers offer equipment rentals on site. In contrast, if one wants to use their own equipment they must be prepared for the transportation costs and the risks it can cause. It would be unfortunate to arrive on site with some equipment damaged in transport, for example. It is also recommended to shop around for a good carry bag. If this is the first time the equipment will be used in the season, make sure to set it up prior to departure or find out where it will be possible to do so once you have reached the destination.
4- Plan ahead to save money
Several resort centers offer discounts when lodging and lift ticket are combined. It is therefore appropriate to plan a few weeks to months in advance to book the whole lot together, especially in high season. Ski centers are recognized for the astronomical prices they charge in their restaurants and snack bars, so it is important to bring snacks to give an energy boost during the day.
5. Do not go without insurance
As with all other types of travel, it is recommended to take out travel insurance before the departure. To cover the risk of accidents and flights cancellations due to several factors, like say an avalanche! It is important to confirm with the consultant certain aspects of the cover, as it is a sport and a riskier type of trip which is obviously more expensive. Here are some points to keep in mind regarding coverage:
– What is the destination and length of travel?
– Does it also cover leased equipment or only for your own equipment coverage?
– Is it the same cover for a skier or snowboarder?
– In an accident on the mountain, does that coverage includes repatriation by helicopter to the nearest hospital (if necessary)?
– Does it cover the smaller objects (such as lost or stolen ski passes)?
– Are the different types of activities like skiing off-piste or terrain parks covered?
– What are the terms for the stolen, lost or damaged equipment coverage?
– Is post-trip care for injuries resulting from an accident, such as physiotherapy, for example, covered?
– Is heli-skiing covered?
Article by Nomad Junkies team