Why do we ski?
Skiing and snowboarding holidays are a great way to make the most of the winter weather, however, this is not the only reason to spend a holiday in the snow. Whilst everyone will have their own motivations for going skiing, for many the main attraction is being out on an open mountain where any troubles can be left at home and forgotten.
A New Year getaway
Skiing fills what would otherwise be a great seasonal hole after Christmas has finished and the days are still short. Rather than waiting for the summer to take a holiday, having something to look forward to once the festive period is over is a post-Christmas indulgence coveted by many, and skiing is perfect for filling that gap. As taking to the slopes is becoming an increasingly popular activity, there are a great number of resorts to choose from, opening up the possibility of not only skiing, but also travel. Whilst some people have a favourite resort that they will go back to time and time again, others relish the opportunity to combine seeing the world with their favourite activity, and there really are some spectacular views to be had from the top of a mountain.
Taking on a physical challenge
Both skiing and snowboarding afford the opportunity to learn a new skill in the space of just a few days – although of course honing that skill can take years of practice. This sense of accomplishment when faced with the new challenges skiing provides is drive enough to keep even the less adventurous coming back for more each year. Looking up at a mountain at the beginning of the week, it can be difficult to imagine making it down safely, but by the end of a stay, many will have conquered it time and time again.
A suitable activity for most age groups, skiing does tend to be particularly popular among young adults. Given the social aspect of skiing, including the travel to a resort as part of a large group and friendly learning environment of a ski resort, skiing is a great way to socialise and meet people of different ages and cultural backgrounds. As many resorts offer a variety of slopes of varying difficulty, the attraction is the possibility of breaking off into small groups of similar ability during the day and then spending the nights socialising in one of the many bars and restaurants the resort has to offer.
For anyone with a competitive streak, going skiing as part of a group is all the more fun as there are so many challenges to set for each other. This could be as simple as a race down a particular slope, or being the first person of the group to brave the biggest, most challenging peak. Any number of people can take part in a contest like this, be they travelling companions or simply other guests, which makes the competition that bit more interesting.
The fun doesn’t stop when darkness sets in. The majority of ski resorts have some runs lit up during the evening, allowing the on-slope action to go on even once the sun has gone down. This can add an extra element of adventure for those who like to get out of their comfort zone. Off the slopes, ski resorts are well known for the après ski, and many people spend almost as much time in the bars as they do on the slopes.
So, why do we ski?
It is safe to say that everybody has their own reasons for enjoying skiing. Skiing holidays in Austria and Europe in particular offer a great mix of the fun, challenge and socialising that many people love so much. For others the opportunity to travel and the stunning views that go along with it are just an added bonus when doing something that they love.