Missing skiing this lockdown?
With the clocks going back and nights drawing in, we’re all dreaming of skiing, with our fingers very much crossed for this winter seeing plenty of action on the slopes.
So with that in mind, we thought we’d inject lockdown #2 with a little Alpine ambience. Here are our 4 top tips on how to have a day on the slopes from the comfort and safety of your living room!
1. Get dressed up in your ski gear…
Treat yourself to a full English breakfast, chalet style, then get ALL your ski gear out of the wardrobe and give it a good airing by… wearing it! What better way to get in the mood for a day of watching ski videos than to look the part?
Yes, that includes wearing your ski boots!
Are they uncomfortable? It could be that you’re not putting them on correctly… The Boot Lab team in Courchevel show us the easy way to put on ski boots.
Now you’re all dressed up…
Fill your backpack with water bottles, spare sunglasses, chocolate bars and a piste map, then lug it up and down the stairs a few times as a warm up, because NOW…
2. It’s time to get sweaty…
That’s right, it’s time to ski! Sort of… But maybe it’s a good idea to do a little exercise just in case you manage to get away on a ski trip this winter.
According to Chris Maher of Ski Physio, being well-prepared should you manage to escape on a ski holiday this winter is “essential for helping your neuro-muscular system to cope”. This means means “practising the activity you are about to do which will help your brain’s reaction time and means that your muscles will cope better.”Some ideas for exercises you could try at home include:
1) Cardio-vascular work for endurance and leg strength
2) Adding step-ups, lunges and squats will build muscles and improve fitness
3) Pilates – an excellent way to build core strength and flexibility
Cardio is not always easy to do at home, but as Joe Wicks has been known to head to the slopes, one of his workouts would be a great place to start, especially if you do it in your ski gear..?
3. Check out some ski videos…
What are your favourite ski videos that get you dreaming of the slopes? Whilst we all love to see those gnarly dudes shredding the back-country, maybe it’s all a bit too much to see genuine powder skiing, so here are our alternative favourites:
Now you’re warmed up, how about some ski ballet?
Candide Thovex proves you don’t need snow to ski:
Feeling inspired? How about Freeride Skiing in the home?
- Feel free to send us any of your favourite ski videos and we’ll share them on our social media channels. Find us on Facebook or Instagram.
4. Après-ski and a cheese feast!
The 3 Valleys has plenty of après-ski options, from the crazy Folie Douce cabaret shows to the sweaty dancefloors of “The Ronnie”… So now you’ve had a fun day ‘on the slopes’, it’s time to dance!
Jacks Bar in Meribel are running ‘The Confinement Sessions 2’ with local bands playing ‘live’ on their facebook page – watch back the videos or even catch a live gig. Grab your favourite après drink and start dancing like no-one is watching (yes, you have to keep your ski boots on!)
If you need some serious Alpine cheese after that busy day on the mountain, here’s your answer… Former Courchevel seasonnaire and founder of Jimmy’s Pop-Up, Jimmy Garcia, is brightening up lock-down by delivering 3-course Alpine mealboxes which include mulled wine, Mont d’Or cheese to melt and eat with a selection of charcuterie, pickles, potatoes, salad and sourdough. And there’s even a chocolate pudding as well. What a perfect way to end your day on the slopes…
Need a ski fix? Keep an eye on our live availability for your last minute ski holiday…
Don’t forget: You can book with confidence with our Covid refund policy.