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How to make the most of a Ski Weekend

With the Alps just a short journey away, Brits have the luxury of being able to escape the humdrum of everyday life and enjoy a ski weekend whenever they please. All you need is a day off on the Friday, as you can be back in London on Monday morning ready for a week at work. 

However, when you've only got a few days away, it's vital to make the most of every minute you have to spare, as you'll be drinking that pick-me-up post-holiday coffee in the office before you know it. 

To help you make the most of your ski weekend, we've put together some tips to ensure each minute of your getaway counts: 

Hire before you travel

Before you even get to the resort, you can be time saving. One way to do this is to hire or buy your equipment in the UK and take it with you, so that you don't need to faff around in the shops at the resort.

Travel by coach

Another way you make up the minutes is by travelling overnight by coach. After all, you can't ski in the dark, so this allows you to get some shut eye as you cross the Channel and arrive in your chosen resort ready to go! It's also easier and cheaper to transport your ski equipment by coach than plane.

Start early

Once you've arrived, try to get up early each morning of your trip so that you can hit the first lifts before the slopes get churned up by the hordes. This will not only allow you to enjoy the pistes in relative calm, but if you're travelling late in season, this is when they will be at their crispest. 

Afternoon apres

If you want to apres, don't wait until late evening to get started, otherwise you'll end up waking up late the next morning with a sore head. Instead, start your apres ski session mid-afternoon and then retire to your chalet for a food and water in the early evening. This is an even more obvious course of action to take late in the season, as the slopes tend to turn slushy in the afternoons when the sun is out - the perfect time to be sat on a terrace with a beer in your hand.

Take a lesson

If you're new to skiing, it's very tempting to try to ski before you can snowplough, but in the long run this will waste rather than save time. Instead, spend the first day sharpening up your basics, which will allow you to fully utilise your skiing time for the remainder of the weekend. 

In this vain, why not practice on a local dry slope before you leave the UK? Although it's no substitute for the real thing, it will get you used to having skis on your feet. And let's not forget, many of Team GB's Sochi stars began their Olympic journeys this way and look at what they can do on real snow now.

Ski Weekends offer some great value short ski breaks, both at weekends and mid-week. Call 023 8020 6971 or email .

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