Most ski seasons in Europe start around November/December time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start prepping early to make the most of your skiing trip.
We’ve compiled a countdown of what to do and when, from the best exercises to travel tips and packing advice to get you sorted for the slopes.
Without further ado, here’s how to prepare for the ski season so you can hit the slopes raring to go.
12 Weeks Before: Pick Your Ski Resort
Whether you’re a seasoned skier looking for a new challenge, or a beginner searching for their first ski destination, your choice of ski resort can make a big impact on your skiing experience.
The benefit of starting your research early is that you can take your time and find the right ski resort for your needs and skiing level. Whether it’s all about the cross-country trails or the liveliest après ski bars, there is a ski resort in the Alps out there for you – you just have to find it.
Need some help? Take a look at some of our most popular routes to get inspired.
11 Weeks: Organise Your Flights
If you want to save your cash for fondue and afternoon beers on the mountain, booking your flights as early as possible is a great way to save.
To save money on your flights to the Alps, booking at least two months before you plan to fly can help you nab the best deals before they’re gone. Be sure to shop around at nearby airports to find the most convenient flight times for your money. Using an online flight tracker tool will alert you when your chosen flights are at their cheapest.
10 Weeks: Book Your Transfer
Once you’ve got your ski dates, you’re ready to book your transfer to the Alps. Why book a private transfer you ask? The advantages are plenty;
- Experienced drivers
- Comfortable, safe vehicles
- Get driven straight from the airport to your chosen resort
- Stress-free travel
- Pick up your ski equipment on the way
- Great deals and discounts
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9 Weeks: Choose Your Accommodation
After travel, next comes accommodation. Depending on the size of your group, your budget and what you want to get out of your trip, there are several different accommodation types to choose from;
- Ski chalet
- Ski hotel
- Ski apartment
Not sure which one to go for? Check out our guide on the types of ski accommodation.
8 Weeks: Start Your Off-Season Ski Training Plan
Perhaps the most important stage in your ski season prep, getting in shape for the slopes is vital if you want to make the most of your time on the mountain.
It’s no secret that skiing is tough on the body, so strengthening all the important muscle groups and building your cardiovascular fitness in advance is highly recommended.
A solid ski conditioning workout plan with at least 3 to 4 work out days a week is a great way to get prepared.
Here’s some exercise ideas to get you started;
Best Cardio for Skiing
- Running or jogging on an incline
- Swimming for low impact, full body conditioning
Ski Exercises At Home
- Crunches and twisted crunches (add a medicine ball if you want to work harder)
- Push ups and shoulder presses with weights
- Dead lifts
Beginner Ski Exercises
- Squats (keep your feet hip width apart)
- Plank and side plank to build up core strength
- Lunges and side lunges
7 Weeks: Focus On Flexibility
When it comes to skiing, flexibility is just as important as strength. That’s why activities such as yoga or pilates are a great accompaniment to your exercise program.
Here are some of the best yoga positions to compliment your skiing performance;
- Forward bend lengthens and loosens the hamstrings and calves
- Chair pose builds strength in the quads
- Tree pose improves balance
- Downward facing dog stretches the spine (slightly bend your knees if your calves are tight)
6 Weeks: Sort Your Ski Hire
If you’re not bringing your own ski equipment, you’ll need to think about ski hire. If you book your transfer with us, this step is simple. Just let us know what equipment you need and we can arrange for your driver to take you to your fitting on the way to your resort.
Our handy ski rental hubs are conveniently located and staffed by experienced ski technicians to help you find your perfect fit.
Travelling as a family? Kids get free ski hire with a full paying adult!
5 Weeks: Book Ski Lessons & Activities
An essential step for skiing novices, or those who have been out of action for a while. Organising ski lessons can improve your technique, reduce the risk of injury and build your confidence to take on that next big challenge.
Booking ahead is advised, especially if you are skiing at peak season or are in a large group.
4 Weeks: Purchase The Essentials
Not long now until your skiing adventure! It’s time to buy the essential items you’ll need for your trip.
Your skis can take a beating each season, so, if your skis are a little more than well-loved, it might be time to invest in a new pair. Alternatively, you could service your skis DIY style or leave it to the professionals.
You may also want to buy travel sized toiletries to take with you on the plane, a great book for your down time and any new accessories such as sunglasses or hats.
3 Weeks: Think About Packing
We’re not saying you have to pack your bag ready to go at this stage, but it does help to start thinking about what you’re going to take so you can work out if anything is missing.
Packing can feel like an overwhelming task, no matter how long the trip! To help, here’s our pre-season packing checklist.
2 Weeks: Take Some Time Out
Preparing for your upcoming ski season isn’t all about planning and working out. A week at a ski resort can be tiring, especially if you’re planning on hitting the slopes early every morning and enjoying the alpine nightlife each evening!
To keep up the stamina, it makes sense to spend a little time before your holiday chilling out and easing off the exercise. This way, your muscles will be well rested and ready to take on the slopes!
1 Week To Go: Get Excited
Your ski season 2019/20 is almost here! It’s time to get pumped up about your upcoming trip. Whether it’s watching a ski movie, reading up on the best restaurants and bars at your ski resort, or chatting to your fellow skiers, get yourself in the mood for snow whichever way works best!
If there’s one thing you do in preparation for your next ski season, make sure you secure your ski transfer early on. Peak season can get busy in the Alps’ most popular resorts- and for good reason! To take advantage of the excellent ski areas in the region and grab the best deals and discounts, book early to avoid disappointment.
Ready to get started? Book your Alps2Alps ski transfer here.