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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 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

          7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

          Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

          Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

          This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

          One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

          Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

          Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

          1. Gratitude

          Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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          The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

          Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

          So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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            2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

            This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

            For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

            What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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            Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

            3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

            This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

            Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

            An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

            Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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              4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

              According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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              There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

              5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

              Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

              Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

              6. Rise Earlier

              The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

              For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

              So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

              Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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              7. Listen to Uplifting Music

              Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

              Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

              It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

              Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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              Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
              [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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