Read this before you book
I love skiing, it’s my favourite thing to do in the winter, but if you’ve never tried it, here are 5 very good reasons why you shouldn’t:
1: You’ll become addicted. I’ve literally only ever skied with one person who didn’t fall in love with it. Almost everyone who goes skiing for the first time ends up regretting all the previous winters they didn’t ski, it’s that good.
2: You’ll put on weight. I know, I know, you’d think you’d get fit skiing but you’ll eat so much fabulous but calorific mountain food, such as tartiflette (a potato, bacon, onion and melted cheese dish that’ll make its way straight to your arteries), cheese fondue and sugar-laden afternoon teas that you’ll almost certainly come home carrying a few extra pounds.
3: You’ll get a weird tan. You’d think it would be freezing in the mountains and sometimes it is, but when the sun comes out it can be as hot as St Tropez in early summer and, due to the altitude and the reflection from the snow, you can end up with white goggle marks on a tanned face. Not attractive, not at all. Of course, if you’re sensible, you can avoid this by using high-factor sunscreen – make sure you slather it on the underside of your chin and cover your ears too.
4: It will hit you hard in your pocket. Skiing isn’t cheap, even if you borrow all the gear from friends or family or buy second-hand on eBay, it still typically costs more than a beach holiday. As well as flights and accommodation, you’ll need a lift pass to access the ski area plus you’ll have to hire or buy skis (or snowboards) and boots and you’ll need ski or snowboard lessons. One way to cut the cost is to avoid the school holidays and book one to two weeks before departure, when you can often pick up a half-price holiday. Still, there’s no getting away from the fact that skiing is an expensive hobby.
5: You’ll get a crush on your ski instructor. Everyone does, they always look so cool. However, ask them to remove their sunglasses before deciding whether to run away for a life in the hills.
6: You’ll never want to waste money on a beach holiday ever again. Enough said.