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5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

‘Summer skiing’ may sound like a contradiction but there’s a lot going for it. Heading off to ski glaciers in the summer months means smaller crowds, runs for all abilities and après ski that doesn’t just involve drinking your body weight in booze. There’s adrenaline, action, a sense of novelty, increased self-confidence and plenty of fun to be had at the end of a summer skiing day.

Why choose summer skiing?

Good question: why should one choose to ski or snowboard in summer? Well, here’s why:

  1. It’s always crowded in winter. So instead of congested, fearful queues of skiers and snowboarders, you can finally feel at ease. Take it slowly if you’re a beginner — fall down 100 times but master that devilish snowboard. If you’re more advanced, you can truly shred the gnar gnar with more space to move.
  2. Fancy a cuppa and some banter with an Olympic skier or shredder? I can’t guarantee they’ll take a liking to the tea, but yes, the chances of meeting such professionals and learning a few tricks are actually very high. Many teams will choose the glaciers to practice on over summer and get ready for the proper season competitions.
  3. Most snow retailers will have clearances at this time of year. This is a great opportunity to get hold of some quality equipment at more than affordable prices. While it’s true that you can play it brave and do without a snow jacket thanks to the warming sun, think in advance and buy your winter equipment now. Snow goggles and helmets are a must — sunglasses don’t offer any wind protection while whizzing down the slope, and might fall off. Goggles are better secured and there are special lenses for bright, sunny days: choose brown, grey, blue or polarized lenses. Most retailers are able to offer reliable advice either through their staff or their detailed online guides.
  4. You can get involved in other activities, maximizing your holiday. Summer skiing or snowboarding are morning activities. Due to the high altitude of the glaciers, the strong noon and afternoon sun will make the snow slushy and potentially dangerous. In general, all the glacier ski resorts will close around 1–2 p.m. This means there’s plenty of time left for a recovery lunch and nap, followed by other activities like climbing, trekking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, or simply dipping your toes in a swimming pool.
  5. You’re cool. By doing something that you might normally not do, you’re pulling yourself out of your comfort zone and strengthening your self confidence.

Where to go?

The stunning glacier landscapes and the glamor of the après ski strangely projected on a somewhat medieval background make Europe one of the top and most easily accessible summer skiing locations. Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France all have prime spots.

Austria 

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5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

    The most well known Austrian resources are Neustift, Kaprun, Hintertux, and Ramsau am Dachstein. This resource here will give you plenty of details on each of these resorts and some more. Those heading to the Hintertux glacier will get to try the so-called “Gletscherbusse” — glacier buses — the gondola lifts that are responsible for carrying tourists. The Stubaier glacier will entice with an ice grotto — a dive into the heart of the glacier. The entrance fee is a mere five euros, and children under 10 go free. More info here.

    Switzerland

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    5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

      Lying at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is usually the first resort on the list for a Swiss trip. But do some research first (start with this), otherwise you might miss the Metro Alpin — the railway in the Saas Valley that takes passengers to the world’s highest revolving restaurant. Fancy that, right?

      Italy

      5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

        Breuil-Cervinia is the top glacier destination in Italy. It lies at the foot of the same glacier as Switzerland’s Zermatt – known in this part as Monte Cervino – hence the very name of the resort/village. The resort seems to be highly appreciated by golf lovers: there’s an 18-hole golf course — the highest in Italy — right at the foot of the Matterhorn.

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        Passo Tonale and Val Senales are other top destinations.

        France

        5 Reasons to Choose Summer Skiing

          Les Deux Alpes and Tignes are the heroes of French summer skiing. Les Deux Alpes owes its fame to being the largest skiable glacier in Europe with an 800 meter vertical descent. More info here.

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          Tignes is imbued with history. The first and original village of Tignes was situated in the Isere Valley, but got submerged after the World War II when a dam was built in the valley to produce electricity. Snow hedonism aside, Tignes is treasured for the impressive fresco of Hercules adorning the dam and the ski resort built at the higher lake. This Telegraph article might come in handy for those who want more detailed info about the resorts, which levels and skills they are suitable for, and the type of accommodation available.

          But there are more reasons for choosing summer skiing: the crisp mountain air, the lake breeze that carries scents of wild flowers and lavender, and the thrill and excitement of sitting on a glacier appreciating the Earth’s timelessness. Get out there and enjoy nature!

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          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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