Skiing – still an adventure
The days are over when simply reaching the ski
slopes was a challenge (unless you travel on Saturdays, or use a company
with flights from several airports and coaches to lots of resorts, in
which case the pioneering spirit is still an asset), but however
convenient it has all become, standing at the top of a snow-covered
mountain on a pair of slippery planks, you are pushing your luck more
than anywhere else except, perhaps, the M25.
Skiing is still an adventure. The Alps
in winter are as harsh as ever. You might get frostbite or sunburn, or
both. You could be snowed in. Your boots might hurt, your spouse may
turn out to be a better skier than you, your children will mock your
Arlberg method! You are certain to test body, balance and bravery to
their limits, knowing that the only reason your adrenalin is pumping is
that if any of these fail, you are going to fall very hard!
Real skiers are rather eccentric types
who gain such pleasure from gliding down velvet slopes in crystal
mountain air that they’ll risk the blizzards and the bruises.
If you are a Mr Angry or a Miss
Whinge who would get apoplectic if not enough snow had fallen on the
pistes, or some had dared to fall at Gatwick, don’t expose your blood to
unnecessary pressure: look no further. Skiing is not for you.
We may say that Val d’Isère is the
place where a ski holiday is least likely to go wrong. We might think
that YSE is the most professional company in skiing. But we are still
utterly dependent on circumstances beyond our control. We can never stop
your ski holiday being a bit of an adventure. And so much the better!