On a scale of 1 – 10, how badly do you miss skiing? We can all agree that this years ski plans haven’t quite gone to plan, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring skiing to you!
Here at the Chalet Edit we have put together a selection of ideas to help make you feel like you’re on holiday in a luxury ski chalet in the mountains (with a little imagination), as well as the best places to get some practice in before next season.
Alpine Ski with VR Headsets
Alpine Ski VR brings the thrill of skiing to your desktop! Alpine SKI VR utilises all the headset’s sensors to recreate an authentic skiing feel. You can now enjoy all the excitement of skiing from the comfort of your home. There are 3 different game types to choose from, and the best part – just a quick walk to the fridge for your apres drinks!
You can find out more here.
Google Cardboard Skiing Experience
The Google Cardboard is a more affordable VR goggles option. Download the app from the App store to access free games that simulate skiing or snowboarding. As soon as you put the goggles on, you’re surrounded by snow, your skis pointing down the hill and ready to go! Dodge obstacles by moving your body as if you were really skiing, and hold a controller in each hand to simulate ski poles. It might not be the real thing, but it’s the next-best thing!
You can find out more here
For many, the food enjoyed whilst on a ski holiday is the best part of the trip! So why not try recreating some of the popular dishes at home. Raclette is a type of cheese from Switzerland that is prepared with vegetables on a special grill. The grill heats multiple small pans in which you can melt the raclette with vegetables and other toppings.
Try this delicious Raclette recipe here
Apres ski themed night
We all wish we were back dancing at our favourite apres ski bar, but why not try the next best thing – an Apres Ski Themed night. Many of the Bars have their playlists on Spotify or Youtube, so all you need to do is set the dress code, pick your favourite drinks and get the party started! And at least you don’t have to try and get on and off a table in your ski boots!
Chill Factore, Manchester
Chill Factorᵉ is the UK’s longest indoor ski slope180 metres long; a £31M real snow centre located in the Trafford Park. Whilst it is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions, when it reopens (hopefully in March 2021), it is the perfect place to have lessons and shake away any ski cobwebs before heading away on your luxury ski holiday.
You can find out more about Chill Factore, Manchester here
Norfolk Snowsports Club – Dry Slope
A dry ski slope gives the feeling, but not the look, of snow, which means you can ski, snowboard or even go tubing. The Norfolk Snowsports Club has a number of lesson options for beginners to advanced skiers. They are shut at the moment, but when they open again it is a great place to brush up on your technique.
You can find out more about Norfolk Snowsports Club here