Taking time out for yourself is something that we all need to prioritise, and many of us find our solace in a sun lounger on a beach. But with a whole world out there to explore, are you itching for something a little different?
If the idea of booking a ski holiday has crossed your mind but you’re worried you won’t come back feeling like the best version of yourself, let us introduce you to all the physical and mental benefits that come with a little bit of snow…
That thigh burn, though.
According to Bupa, moderate downhill skiing can burn around 400 calories an hour, and although you tend to consume more calories (cough, wine, cough) to keep yourself fuelled, it’s still a great workout.
Furthermore, skiing can help improve your balance and core strength, as well as power up your bones, joints and muscles. We’d swap squats for the slopes any day of the week.
Engaging your entire body in a new sport means you’ll be completely exhausted, which is the ideal recipe for a great night’s sleep, something most of us can say we’re severely lacking in. With your body and mind engaging in a fun and invigorating physical activity, say goodbye to pre-bedtime Instagram scrolling because you’ll be out like a light as soon as your head hits the pillow.
A lift pass to luxury
One of the most enjoyable elements of a ski holiday is the spa culture. After a day in the mountains, your muscles will need some real R+R, which means the spa game in the Alps is serious. One particularly stunning example is Water World Venezia in the 5* spa hotel, Das Central, in Sölden, Austria. The tranquil retreat transports you to Venice (so it’s basically two holidays in one) and offers TEN different saunas and steam baths, an indoor pool and numerous lounge areas to make you feel like a real VIP – a spa lover’s heaven. You’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave to actually do any skiing, we won’t tell if you won’t.
Spending time in the great outdoors gives your skin a healthy dose of vitamin D, which has been known to boost elasticity in the skin and support vibrancy. It’s also a great way to reinvigorate your skincare routine, as you’ll need to make sunscreen a priority, rehydrate and moisturise efficiently, so you return from your jollies with a natural glow. Vitamin D is actually a wonder vitamin for your whole body, reducing depression, aiding weight loss and boosting your immune system.
As well as all the physical perks, skiing can really benefit your mental health. Your brain releases happiness chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and dopamine when you exercise, so if you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, some time on the slopes could be just what you need. Fresh air boosts well-being, decreases stress levels and nurtures your immune system, and being surrounded by beautiful scenery will only heighten that. And of course, there’s the aprés…
Aprés, aprés, wherefore art thou aprés?
No day of skiing would be complete without a spot of aprés ski, in fact, for some people, it’s the highlight of the whole holiday – and who can blame them? Meeting new people, socialising with friends, having a few (okay, plenty of) mugs of hot mulled wine is our idea of heaven and will leave you desperate to book your next getaway ASAP.
As you stand at the top of a mountain, clipped into your skis, you’ll realise just how big and beautiful the world is and how important it is to get out and experience it. With so many benefits, why not try swapping your annual beach holiday for a snow-filled adventure?