Skiing is an exhilarating winter sport, which provides an excellent form of aerobic exercise in beautiful mountain and fresh air surroundings. Downhill skiing provides the added benefits of a fun and good overall body workout, in particular strengthening and toning the leg muscles, specifically the hamstrings and quadriceps; buttocks, hips, abdominals and triceps.
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Surprisingly enough there are some great ski locations around London, where you can take lessons (full equipment hire available) before you head to the Alps, Pyrennes or the Rockies in North America.
To find your nearest indoor ski centre, use Find a Sport Club/ Venue directory on Totally Sporty. There are in fact an incredible 12 ski and snowboard centres within 30 miles of central London with excellent facilities, soft and fluffy snow and a full range of lessons, including the massive 160m piste in St Albans (opened April 2009) and the 120m Wycombe Real SnowDome. Full details on Totally Sporty website!!
Skiing is certainly more fun when you have some company. To find a recreational ski partner, or even some one to go to an indoor ski centre with, you can use the Find Sport Partner section on Totally Sporty. Simply put in your postcode and you will find winter sport enthusiasts in your area!!
Scotland has a number of good quality resorts, which provide a fantastic opportunity for a long ski weekend. There is currently a 5-Day pass on offer, which covers all the main resorts (Glenshee, Nevis Range, Glencoe, Cairngorm and The Lecht) for £115 per person. The pass which is valid until 30th April 2010 must be used on consecutive days. See ski.visitscotland.com/five-day-pass for more details.
Whilst ski resorts in Scotland are on a smaller scale to continental Europe (with relatively small ski terrains, less slopes and shorter runs) and are less technical, they do provide a cheaper option for a short break.
Before you go, you can check out the latest snow conditions on live web cams and regularly updated Visit Scotland website.
Book your next ski holiday with SnowTrex, Europe's largest winter sports tour operator. They specialise in both cheap/ low cost ski deals throughout Europe, luxury packages, flights and self drive car hire. Every SnowTrek ski deal includes a lift pass as well a Snow-and-Nice- Price Guarantee.
See www.snowtrex.co.uk for more information.
If you are planning on going skiing from November- February, you will definitely need to bring lots of warm clothes with you, including the following:
To stay warm and be fully mobile, we recommend wearing lots of thin layers, starting with thermal long sleeve top and long johns.
This all depends on how regularly you go each year and how long for. If you ski only once per year or only go for a few days, it will be more economical to rent skis and boots as and when you need them.
However, if you are plan to ski more than 1 full week per year, it will be cheaper to buy your own set of skis. Rental costs are typically around £20 per day (depending on what quality of ski you choose) A new set of skis with bindings costs around £400 (entry level), so you only need to ski for 20 days to start saving money.