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How to Get Ready For the Ski Slopes

Work out your Biomechanics

Get yourself acquainted with your own body by training to move it perfectly well. Begin by standing before your mirror in shorts with feet parallel, in a skiing position and check out what is put down below:

Knees: check how your knees line up. Draw an imaginary line on the focal point of your knee cap and make a line down to the floor. This line ought to land in a position between your second and third toe. In the majority of the people, the line will drop closer to the big toe or even onto the floor between the feet.

Distribution of Weight

“Your weight ought to be balanced over the center point of your skis” explains John Taylor from French ski chalet Chalet Merlo. The majority of people sit down excessively, putting too much strain on the quads muscles and knees and taking the weight into the ski’ back, bringing about loss of control.

Get your knees bent into a skiing position, keeping your pelvis normal and check where your hips move to. Stand up again and this time as you curve your knees verify the weight is coming in the forward direction, as though you are going to tip over. You ought not to have any weight in front of your ski boots but by adjusting the weight in the forward direction from your center you are guaranteeing your weight is adjusted over the centre point of your skis, giving you control and capacity to turn the skis easily.

Strength and Power

The quadriceps (the front part of your thigh) and the gluteal muscles (back of your thigh) are the fundamental muscles utilized when skiing. These can be prepared with activities, for example, jumps split squats cycling, Deep squats and step ups. Do whatever it takes not to utilize wall squats, which can mean skiing with your mass on the heels.

Quads are preparing is a usually an ignored component of strength. The quads work in two methods on the slopes. They do not only help fix the knee but also put the control on it from a straight to a bent position. This slow method is known as eccentric strengthening and is a crucial part of training for skiing. (The quads are not unusually worked during cycling – it is just the hamstrings which bend the knee when cycling.) Doing step downs off a stage is an impeccable method for working your quads impulsively. Verify your arrangement is accurate just as expressed prior. Begin with 30 reps and add weight when it starts to feel easy.

Next, work the lateral hip muscles, for example, the gluteus medius. Every game depends on outer hip rotation just as much as skiing does, therefore the significance of preparing these muscles can’t be thought of as nothing of importance. The “claim” activity is a fantastic one: it is done by lying on the side of your hips and knees in a skiing position. Keep your lower legs together and your hips stiff as you lift your top knee, similar to a clam opening and closing. You ought to feel the muscle working in the outer part of your buttock. Do this 30 times and afterward rehearse the same in a standing position so you can figure out how to use those muscles when skiing.

When you have developed your strength, move onto propulsive developments. The best place to start is bouncing sideways on and off a step, beginning with a low step and slowly making it higher – this will especially help on steep and narrow steps where quick maneuvers are critical. Just verify that your arrangement is perfect.

Cardiovascular Wellness

As long as your alignment is precise, your body meets the expectations, so proficiently you can escape with a just some level of cardiovascular fitness. On the other hand, for those of us still on the way to flawlessness, interim preparation is the most effective type of cardiovascular preparation. Attempt cycling or a step machine to work most of the muscles you use in skiing. Keep in mind to develop gradually and consistently.

Adaptability

Skiing does not require that you are very flexible – you just should be flexible when you fall over. Some individuals may have specific muscle masses that are tight, usually the calfs and hips. It’s valuable when stretching these areas yet recall never to do static activity the exercise– dynamic stretching is immeasurably superior

We’re All Going On A Skiing Holiday Part 4 – Family Skiing Holiday Guide

Contrary to first impressions, skiing isn’t just an isolated sport. It’s not just you out there on the mountains – it can actually be a fantastic team sport – and a great weekend getaway for the whole family. The idea of this can seem a bit daunting – after all if you are taking little ones on a skiing holiday there is the potential for tantrums, accidents and many things getting lost. But despite this, they are a still a great way to get active, have fun and bond, and more families are trying out skiing holidays every year.

 

So Why Is Skiing Great For Families?

Whilst it might be a little more work at the outset – a skiing holiday will be something you can all talk about for weeks afterwards. And the best part is – you don’t have to go all out on expensive and glamorous resorts. Snow is snow. The kids adore it (even though it’s a bit cold!) and seeing them go from crawling to walking to flying down the slopes will give you an enormous sense of pride and achievement that will never leave you.

If you’re taking children with you on your skiing holiday, our advice is to always go outside of the school holidays, if you can. You will save a lot of money this way and there will be more room on the slopes – but make sure you get permission from their school before you book anything. You also need to remember that children don’t have as much stamina as adults – s don’t expect them to ski all day. Make sure you stay somewhere with plenty of other activities for them – like a pool, games rooms or a thriving local village to visit. This will cut down on any whinging and keep everyone in a far better mood for the day. Also remember to bring your essentials from home and not rely on them being sold in the resort – and apply some high factor sun block onto the little ones (and you!) every day, no matter what the weather. you’d be amazed how many people come home from skiing holidays burnt.

And if you’re a first time skiing family. pay a little extra and get a family skiing specialist to teach you all. They will understand what your needs are and how to accommodate them long before you do, and this will stop your perfect family holiday from turning into the getaway from hell.

 

What’s The Right Age For Children To Learn To Ski?

To be honest – that’s a decision better left to your own personal judgement. You know better than anyone how physically brave, adventurous and advanced your children are, and you are the best judge of what they can cope with. One 10 year old might be whizzing around within minutes, while another might be shaking at the starting line. It’s all about personality and development, but as a general rule, anything under the age of 5 is a bit of a risk. At the very least – you’re going to have a hard time stopping them from getting bored, cold and grumpy. Instead, if you are taking an under 5 with you to the slopes, treat it as an introduction to snow and winter rather than skiing. And make sure there are a lot of activities to keep them amused! You should also make sure you ask your hotel if they can accommodate or provide the following:

– Nurseries or a crèche

– Ski school classes for children

– An earlier evening meal so they don’t have t wait until the adults eat.

Taking your children on a skiing holiday can be incredibly rewarding and a fantastic bonding experience – but don’t try to run before you can walk. Take it easy and get lessons from trained instructors and you will all have a whale of a time.

We’re All Going On A Skiing Holiday Part 3 – Top 10 Attractions in La Rosière

The region of La Rosière in France is one of the more beautiful and secluded ski resorts in the country. Nestled in the Savoie department and about 1850 metres above sea level, it’s sloped top 2642m at their highest, the south facing peaks give a stunning view of the nearby village of Les Arcs. It’s ski slopes are one of the best kept secrets of France – quiet areas that can cater for absolutely any level of skill, from first time to Olympic level. It’s a beautiful place to ski in the day, but in the evenings it has a new set of gems for you to discover in the villages. We’ve taken the liberty of gathering a few of them together for you. 5 top attractions and 5 top restaurants in La Rosière to help turn your holiday into a fantastic experience.

Top 5 Attractions

1) Dog Sledding – A rare and fantastic opportunity to get involved with an energetic and very rewarding sport. This unique activity can be found in Les Eucherts, and you can chose from a 20 minute starter sessions as a passenger to a 3 hour course where you mush the dogs yourself. An absolutely unmissable experience.

2) Snow Kiting – Similar to kite surfing, snow kiting involves using downhill skis (or a snowboard) and a specially designed steerable kite. It has been gaining in popularity over the last few years with most snow covered regions, and it’s easy to see why. La Rosière offers some of the most beautiful spots to enjoy this exhilarating sport.

3) Heliskiing – This is a rare offering from a French ski area, as it is widely banned in France. Enjoy off spectacular views as you are taken up the mountain by helicopter, and dropped at your start point to enjoy some off piste skiing.

4) Bowling & Cinema – While it may not have many shops, La Rosière does boast a fantastic bowling alley and cinema complex. If you wanted to get away and entertain the kids for the evening when it’s too dark to ski, this is the place to go.

5) Shopping – La Rosière has a selection of over 40 shops, but most of these are geared towards skiing essentials, food and even a photographic shop. Because there is no all year round trade to rely on, more of the luxury shops can be found in one of the neighbouring villages. Bourg St Maurice is one of the better places to go shopping in your downtime.

Top 5 Restaurants

1) Le Genepi – A high class restaurant without the pretention, Le Genepi has been praised for traditional French cooking and range of vegetarian options. If you want large portions and a warm, inviting atmosphere, this is the place to go.

2) Le Comptoir – If you want a break from the traditional French meals and yearn for something more familiar, go to Le Comptoir. Their family friendly atmosphere comes second to their huge selection of absolutely fantastic burgers and exotic flavoured liquors. Get a little taste of home at Le Comptoir.

3) Le Turia – Le Turia has been highly praised for its delicious fondue, succulent steaks and their signature 3 course cook yourself dinner, which includes duck, veal and beef for a main and fruit for a desert, which are served on skewers for you to cook over a personal flaming pot. This place is definitely something special and a bit out of the ordinary. With an enticing menu and friendly staff, if you feel up for an adventure, Le Turia is perfect for you.

4) Les Marmottes – Another restaurant specialising in traditional French cuisine, Les Marmottes boasts affordable yet amazing food, coupled with the perfect wines. Don’t be fooled by it’s plain exterior – inside you will find a homey, warm and comforting atmosphere that will whet your appetite. Fantastic homemade French food without the gourmet price tag.

5) L’antigel – Situated slightly higher up the mountains than other restaurants, L’antigel boasts some of the most stunning views of La Rosière and the surrounding villages. Highly trained staff deliver fast and friendly service and scrumptious Svoie specialities from the region. Grab a seat by the balcony and watch the world skiing by.

We’re All Going On A Skiing Holiday Part 2 – What Accommodation Is Right For You?

So now that you know what you need to pack and where in the world you want to go for your skiing holiday, you need to find somewhere to stay. There are a few options here, and it largely depends on what kind of atmosphere you want for your stay. So today we will compare the 2 most common types of ski accommodation to help you decide which is the better option for you on your holiday.

Hotel

Most of us have stayed in a hotel at some point in our lives, and are familiar with the routine of it all. Hotels are vastly similar no matter where you travel, and that makes them a very safe option if you don’t want to try something new. You get the safety and security in hotels, with the additional services like maids and on site food, and hotels come in all sorts of shapes and sizes in the mountains. You will often find they have a more formal, button up approach than other forms of ski accommodation. Hotels are fantastic for couples looking for a romantic weekend away, or small groups who don’t want to share accommodation. The downside is that ski hotel restaurants are often very expensive, largely due to the logistical issues of running a restaurant at high altitude. So while it might seem like the easier option, you will often end up paying more for it.

You will also encounter difficulties with family trips. This is not in the sense of hotels not offering accommodation for families, but more the logistics of it all. Because hotels are generally more expensive than some of the alternatives, you might end up booking just 1 room and squeezing the whole family in. This can make the trip a bit tense after a few days as no one really has their own space. You also need to be conscious of your neighbours – some of them might not appreciate your kids running around, screaming and having fun as much as you do.

Chalet

A chalet is designed to be more of your home away from home. They are a more private and intimate alternative to hotels – and great if you are bringing the whole family with you. Because it’s your own version of a little cabin in the hills, it very much feels like your accommodation and no one else’s. Kids can run around and have fun in a chalet without upsetting other guests, and they often come with a small amount of private land, which gives you your own snowy back garden to play in. You can also choose between a self-catered and a catered chalet – giving you even more flexibility. If you choose catered then you will get to know your chef and host quite well – and may even end up hitting the slopes with them – after all, they will know the best bits of the slopes!

As a comparison, chalet accommodation is usually cheaper than hotels – mainly because charges, taxes and other administrative costs are so much higher in hotels that cater for hundreds of guests at a time. You also get the advantage of not having to eat in an expensive skiing hotel restaurant, having the luxury of either having your breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner delivered in catered accommodation, eating out wherever you want in the local area in self catered. We always love having more options to do whatever you want, and a chalet definitely ticks that box.

So in the end it all comes down to your personal preferences. Personally, we love the comfortable and homey chalet style, but if you prefer a more communal approach, a hotel might be your option. Skiing holidays can be a very rewarding experience and incredibly personal, and that’s why chalet’s are the usually more popular option.

We’re All Going On A Skiing Holiday Part 1 – Your Packing Checklist

Skiing is a hobby and sport that a lot of people undertake across the year. It’s fantastic exercise, gets you out in the open air and gives you a great adrenaline rush. So it’s not surprising that so many people are taking up skiing for the first time at the moment. But if you’ve never done it before, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to decide what you need to take on your snowy adventure. That’s why we’ve come up with a comprehensive check-list that covers everything you need for the perfect skiing holiday.

The Essentials

Those few really important bits you just couldn’t survive without. These bits will make sure that, whatever happens, even your worst fears about the trip – you will be able to come up with a solution.

Tickets, money, passport

– Flight/coach/train/ferry details

– Insurance details

– Driving license and directions (if you’re driving)

Equipment

This part of the list covers your basic equipment for the trip. Everything you need to actually get out on the slopes and start skiing. These are the basics, and you can upgrade and go high tech if you want to. But if you are a beginner, this is all you need.

– Ski boots

– Skis

– Poles

– Day rucksack

– Helmet

– Transceiver, shovel and probe (if you’re heading off piste)

– Water bottle or Camelbak

– Multitool for repairs or adjustments on the go

Skiing Clothing

As well as your skiing equipment, you will also need some protective clothing out on the slopes. This not only protects you from injury but also the possibility of burning and frostbite. Keep yourself wrapped up and warm while you’re on the slopes, and be ready with the cold medicine if you don’t.

– A warm hat/beanie

– Sunglasses and goggles

– Neck warmer

– 2x thermal tops & bottoms

– 2x fleeces

– Waterproof ski jacket, trousers and gloves

– 2 or 3 pairs of ski socks

Other Clothing

You’re not always going to be on the slopes – so it helps to have other clothes with you! Research the weather patterns of your destination before you go, but generally pack for anything. Cold is a given, but pack for rain and heat as well, just in case.

– Jeans or long trousers

– T-shirts and tops

– Jumpers and fleeces

– Underwear and socks

– Comfy trousers and jogging bottoms

– Slippers

– Normal gloves

– Scarf

– Shoes or boots with good grip

Other Important Bits and Pieces

The little odds and sods that don’t fit into the other categories. They aren’t the day 1 essentials, but you wouldn’t want to be caught without them either!

– Pyjamas

– Toiletries (including a toothbrush – how many times have you forgotten that!)

– Sunscreen and after sun (you can still get burnt in the snow!)

-Swimming costumes/trunks

– Phone and charger (make sure it stays charged at all times in case of emergency)

– Travel plug adapter

– Any medications (including painkillers, cold tablets and sleeping pills)

– Books and magazines

– High energy snacks

…And A Few Luxuries

We can’t be without our little luxuries, and if you’re planning on leaving the slopes in the evenings for more sophisticated events, these might just come in handy.

– Walkie Talkies

– Travel Pillow

– Video Camera

– Hair dryer/straighteners

– Makeup (and removers)

– Hand warmers

– Deep heat or any other muscle soak

– Joint supports