Snow Not So Great?- Not to worry we have plenty of other suggestions . . . . .
Now as ski and snowboard lovers, it seems crazy for us to write a blog about what to do on Ski holiday when the snow isn’t great (as surely you would be skiing regardless of conditions from first lift to last) but we want to make sure you guys are happy when in the mountains, so we wanted to come up with some solutions. Let’s just take a minute to acknowledge that this season has had a slow start in terms of snow fall but that is certainly no reason to panic. Yes, the base isn’t great everywhere but regardless of whether every run is open or not, the culture and atmosphere in the Alps in particular, offers plenty to keep you well and truly occupied.
1st Up, APRES DARLING, OF COURSE!
We have been inspired by recent trips to Zermatt, St Anton and Verbier and although these world class resorts have plenty of open slopes to enjoy, we found it to be best to enjoy 4 hours in the morning until early afternoon and letting a late lunch blend into a very enjoyable apres. In Zermatt, we have to recommend Papperla Pub, with live music all afternoon and well into the evening combined with friendly staff, this pub rocks! In Verbier we LOVE T Bar or Fairnet Bar if we are feeling really fancy! Finally, last but not least, despite how icy the slopes were in St Anton, we couldn’t wait until it was time to head to Taps, especially on a Thursday, the atmosphere is second to none then you can meander on down to Base camp for some table dancing!
Ice Skating is excellent cardio and brings out your inner dainty lady-like ballerina! Whether you’re on holiday with kids or not, Ice Rinks can indeed be found in most of the resorts in the Alps. If you are travelling with a tour company, be sure to take advantage of the rep service and ask them or search on the tourism board website. If the slopes aren’t doing it for you, leave your waterproofs on and don the boots to enjoy a good old glide around.
Prior to the last few years, SPA’s hadn’t really done it for us, too hot and sweaty and no fun at all, but we were enlightened to just how beneficial a good spa trip can be after a tough day on the slopes. If you are inclined to a rest day half way through the week or perhaps just feel like a morning on the slopes, what better way to ease your aching muscles than to indulge yourself. A swim in a pool, a steam room or sauna session or maybe even a massage! It’s a great way to pass the time and if you can find an outdoor SPA in the alps then even better!
If you take advantage of our membership discounts with France Ski, The Alpine Club and Mark Warner, with their affordable, LUXURY accommodations come with access to the hotel SPA! Join our members club to see how much you could save.
Bring out your inner child, let it all hangout! Before finding ourselves needing to pass the time when not on the slopes (due to poor snow conditions) we never considered tobogganing but once we tried it, we were hooked! Most resorts have either a designated track, the more extreme style tobogganing or at least a slope serviced by a small magic carpet lift. It’s just fantastic! We highly recommend it.
So we hope that has helped! Let us know if you have any questions or queries, together we are the #LiveToSkiTeam!