Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)
It’s early, and you’re the first one to overlook the unblemished white powder covering the alpine slopes. As you dig your poles into the snow and push off you feel the adrenaline start to course through your veins as you gain speed and start slashing from right to left leaving a track behind you that looks like a long slithering snake.
You reach top speed and now it’s you and the snow-packed mountain working together to give you a ride for the ages. This is your fantasy snow skiing adventure come true: the perfect snowfall, beautiful weather and a warm lodge with a roaring fire waiting for you at the bottom.
Snow skiing vacations are more than one thrilling run after the other. It’s a complete experience as you gather with friends and family and make new friends along the way.
If you’re a good alpine skier, and you like to push the envelope, why not try some freestyle skiing, kite skiing or paraskiing? Or maybe go the extreme skiing route.
If you want to add some adventure to your life, check out the international hot spots towards the bottom of this page. They are some of the best ski-junkie destinations in the world and sure to take your snow skiing experience to the next level.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
Snow skiing vacations do carry a certain level of risk with them. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re speeding down a mountain of ice with a couple of sticks fixed to your feet.
If you don’t want to end up on crutches, you need to use some common sense and don’t let your ego affect your good judgment. Just because you see a 10-year-old child pass you on the slopes and spray you with those icy crystals as they carve through a turn doesn’t mean you should try to follow suit. Staying within the boundaries of your ability is the wise thing to do.
The most common cause of injuries come from falls and collisions (with other skiers and stationary objects like trees). Another source of problems for many is exiting the chair lift. I can tell you from personal experience that that can prove to be both embarrassing and painful.
The kinds of injuries most prevalent when skiing involve damage to ligaments in the knees, broken bones and head injuries (wear a helmet).
If you want to drastically lower the risk level when skiing you need to get yourself in good shape, warm up before jumping on the slopes, make sure you don’t push it when you’re fatigued (do the easier runs at the end of the day) and avoid alcohol. A tipsy skier does tend to have a slower reaction time.
Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars
Snow skiing, like many other sports, becomes a lot more fun as your skills improve and you’ve done your physical prep work. You’re not going to have much fun if you’re falling all the time or your muscles constantly ache and burn.
I rated this section at three stars because those with a moderate level of cardio and strength will be able to comfortably enjoy most aspects of this sport. However, those with a high level of fitness and skill are going to experience this sport on a level most of us will never fully comprehend.
When it comes to skill you’ll need to work on your balance and technique. Most good resorts offer the instruction needed for beginners, so don’t worry if you’re new at this.
Physically, you’re going to need to have good cardio, strength (especially in your lower body) and flexibility. So, before you head off on your snow skiing vacation, log some time on your bike or jogging, stretch, hit the weights and do plenty of lunges and squats to get your legs ready for some downhill fun.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
If you’ve never gone on a snow skiing adventure it might take you a while to get used to the balance required at first, but once you do you’re really going to have a blast.
I’ve only gone snow skiing a few times, but when I learned how to exit the chair lift without looking like a complete idiot and was able to get down the easy courses without falling too many times, I was having the time of my life… even as a novice.
For those with real skill, snow skiing is a complete rush. From heli-skiing in Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada to extreme skiing in the Himalayas, you won’t find many sports to match the adrenaline you’ll get when you can challenge the difficult ski runs.
Most ski resorts offer several runs with varying degrees of difficulty, so everyone from beginner to expert should be able to find a patch of snow where they can have a great time on the slippery slopes.
Popular places for snow skiing adventures
- Aspen, Colorado, USA
- Cortina, Italy
- Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
- Stowe, Vermont, USA
- Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
- Banff, Alberta, Canada
- Vail, Colorado, USA
- Zermatt, Switzerland
- Kitzbuhel, Austria
- Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
- Las leñas, Mendoza, Argentina
- Portillo, Santiago, Chile
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
- St Moritz, Switzerland
- Riksgransen, Sweden
- Treble Cone, New Zealand
- Jindabyne, Thredbo & Perisher Blue, Australia