Ten rea­sons to visit the snow

Alpine News - - News - By Gina Wood­ward

THINK­ING about book­ing a snow hol­i­day, and the mag­i­cal al­lure of white fluffy snowflakes alone hasn’t been enough to make you do it? Here are ten rea­sons why you sim­ply can’t wait another win­ter with­out go­ing to the snow.

1. IT’S FUN

Even if you’re still learn­ing how to ski or snow­board and falling over a lot, you’ll be laugh­ing and hav­ing fun with other peo­ple do­ing the ex­act same thing. Once you ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of zip­ping down a snowy moun­tain, you’ll won­der why you hadn’t tried this whole snows­ports thing a whole lot sooner.

2. YOU’LL LEARN SOME­THING NEW

Not only will you be able to tell all your friends about the cute snows­ports in­struc­tor you spent the week­end with, you’ll have a new skill to add to your reper­toire; to talk about with friends and dream about as win­ter ap­proaches each year. Bet­ter yet – you’ll be able to make ed­u­cated com­ments from your couch about the Win­ter Olympics.

3. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO RE­CON­NECT WITH LOVED ONES

With the quaint at­mos­phere of a ski vil­lage sur­round­ing you, beau­ti­ful scenery to wake up to and the thrill of try­ing some­thing new to look for­ward to, it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to rekin­dle and re­con­nect. Plus – the whole fam­ily can do it so put the kids in ski school and revel in the joy on their rosy-cheeked faces.

4. YOU’LL MAKE NEW FRIENDS

There’s no bet­ter place to strike up a friendly con­ver­sa­tion with a stranger than on the chair­lift. Nowhere else is it ok to yell ‘Sin­gle’ at the top of your voice and look around to see who an­swers in the af­fir­ma­tive. You could make a life­long friend who you’ll meet in fab­u­lous lo­ca­tions around the world for snow hol­i­days. Aspen, any­one?

5. THE SCENERY AND MOUN­TAIN AIR

Busy, noise-pol­luted traf­fic-ev­ery­where, city? Or serene, white-capped moun­tains, with cool, minty-fresh air fill­ing your lungs? The choice is yours. Breathe and take it all in.

6. THE COF­FEE/HOT CHOCO­LATE/WINE BREAKS

What if the fast-paced, adren­a­line junkie snows­ports lifestyle is just not your thing? That’s ok. Watch your friends, fam­ily and fear­less chil­dren hurl them­selves down a moun­tain while you take lots and lots of rest stops for cof­fee and hot choco­late. Call it a day af­ter lunch and set­tle in with a glass of wine and a good book.

7. APRÈS SKI

One word. Sch­napps.

8. HOT TUBS AND OPEN FIRES

Be­ing in the snow is ro­man­tic. Soak your ski-boot feet and soothe your weary mus­cles in a hot jacuzzi, then cud­dle up in front of an open fire with a glass of mulled wine. Per­fect.

9. SNOW FASH­ION

Where else can you get away with wear­ing faux fur and your favourite daggy Christ­mas jumper that only comes out from the bot­tom of the drawer for fancy-dress par­ties? Not to men­tion moon boots, bean­ies, mit­tens and ther­mal un­der­wear!

10. BRAG­GING RIGHTS

If your work col­leagues haven’t al­ready seen all of your In­sta-wor­thy posts by the time you get in to work, is there a bet­ter re­sponse to that Mon­day morn­ing of­fice kitchen ques­tion: “What did you do this week­end?” than: “I spent a few days in the moun­tains, frol­ick­ing in the snow, breath­ing in the fresh air, do­ing a bit of ski­ing, re­lax­ing in a hot tub and drink­ing hot choco­late with marsh­mal­lows. You?”

Photo cour­tesy of Falls Creek / Chris Hock­ing

PIC­TURESQUE: Ski­ing among the tress on a fresh snow day at Falls Creek.

Photo cour­tesy Mt Buller / An­drew Rail­ton.

RE­LAX: A snow hol­i­day is not all about the snow, there is am­ple time for re­lax­ing.

Photo cour­tesy Mt Buller / An­drew Rail­ton.

SNOWY: A per­fect win­ter set­ting with a snow laden Mt Buller re­sort.

Photo cour­tesy of Mount Baw Baw.

FUN: A fresh snow­fall brings out a level of ex­cite­ment for ev­ery­one.

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