Going skiing abroad by yourself can be both an exciting and terrifying prospect. While you have taken the plunge and decided this is what you want to do, you will no doubt be overcome with some fears and doubts. But a solo ski trip holds some fantastic benefits. You can ski at your own pace and take breaks as and when you please. You can do the activities you want to do without having to worry about anyone else. The list goes on and on. So to get rid of your doubts and to make the absolute most of your ski trip, read these useful hints.
Do your research on destinations
Skiing holidays can be expensive, especially when travelling alone. From flights to accommodation to transfers, there are countless costs you need to consider. So before booking your tickets research different ski destinations on sites like Momentum Ski. This should tell you when their peak times are and introduce you to some fantastic ski resorts. Travelling at less busy periods can save you money on everything from your flights to your ski equipment. Plus it means there will be less queuing and more space on the slopes for you to enjoy. So carefully consider when you want to travel and try to book as far in advance as possible to keep costs down.
Talk to other skiers
Making the effort and talking to staff and other skiers at your resort will make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Being a solo traveller can get a bit lonely, particularly during the evenings when the slopes are closed. So try to strike up a conversation and socialise. You will find that most skiers are very friendly and be happy to chat with you. You may even meet another solo traveller who you can eat dinner or ski with. Talking to others is also good from a safety aspect. It will give you some reassurance that if you get lost or stuck, a staff member or skier knows where you are. There are also some online travel forums like Travbuddy where you can meet and chat to other solo travellers before you go.
Set yourself daily challenges
When skiing alone, you may not feel as competitive as you would if you were skiing with friends and relatives. So to keep your enthusiasm for skiing at an all-time high, set yourself a daily challenge. It could be trying a particular run or pushing yourself to ski for an extra hour each day. If you’re learning how to ski, it could be mastering a basic manoeuvre or increasing your speed. You could even ask the ski instructors to help you meet your targets with extra lessons if you wish. Decide what you want your challenge to be each night before bed so you wake up refreshed and eager to get started.
Solo ski travel can be nerve wracking no matter where you decide to go. But there is no reason why you can’t have just as much fun as you would if you were travelling with friends and family.