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Article 18 November

How to survive a ski trip

If you put a foot wrong on a skiing trip, chances are you'll end up in a painful, expensive mess. Here's how to ensure your ski break goes without a hitch

Stay hydrated

All of that skiing (and falling over) is sweaty business – and although you might not feel like you're working hard, it's easy to get dehydrated. Your body dehydrates at a faster rate at high altitudes, so experts recommend drinking four to six litres per day. That's water, not glühwein.

Make sure you're covered

We still can't work out why some travellers go skiing without insurance – it's one of the most dangerous activities you're likely to get up to abroad, and the prices for rescue and treatment are notoriously high. If you don't have insurance, more fool you. Cover doesn't have to be expensive – here's how to get 10% off your next policy. Make sure you're insured for all the activities you're planning on doing, and check the small print for hidden clauses.

Apres ski, anyone? (Shutterstock)
Apres ski, anyone? (Shutterstock)

Know your limits

Alcohol enters the blood stream faster at high altitude, so think twice about that second pint at lunchtime. Save it for the apres ski. If you do have a few during the day, stay off the big slopes in the afternoon and try your hand at less potentially-catastrophic activities: now's the time to perfect your snow angels.

Limber up

Cold temperatures make muscles tighter and more prone to injury – so do your warm-up before hitting the slopes. You don't have to hit the gym – just a few stretches will do the job.

Do your research

Piste levels vary between countries, so read up on the local classification – and stick to those that you know you can handle. If you plan to go off-track, tell someone your route and estimated return time, and keep up with avalanche forecasts.


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