Feature photo by CompleteSki
I’ve just come back from my first ever skiing trip, and it was a fantastic break. I always assumed that this type of holiday was only for the super-rich, but it turns out to be nowhere near as expensive as I’d expected. I’m sort of sorry now that I waited until my fifties to go on such a trip; it is a lot more fun that our summer holidays when we just lie on the beach. I had also assumed that when you went on a skiing holiday all there was to do was ski, but it turns out that there is a whole lot more to it than just this.
Journey to the Alps
I traveled to the French Alps by train all the way from my home here in London. This was my first time using the Chunnel and must admit it was all very impressive. You go in one end of the Tunnel in England and come out in rural France. I traveled to Paris, and from there picked up another high speed train that whisked me all the way to the French Alps. I’d already booked a chalet and it was even more beautiful than it appeared in the brochure – it’s usually the other way round. The location was fantastic, and now I know what people mean by the term ‘winter wonderland’.
More Time on My Ass Than My Feet
I joined up for some skiing classes, but it was a real struggle for me. I spent more time on my ass than I did on my feet; by the end of the two weeks though I was starting to get the hang of it. The best part of the whole holiday was the evenings inside cozy restaurants and bars – I made some great friends and haven’t laughed so much in years.
Sometimes You Have to Leave Your Comfort Zone
I’m definitely going again next year. It just goes to show that sometimes we have to get outside our comfort zone if we really want to find the best things in life. It also has me thinking about the other ways my assumptions could mean that I’m excluding myself from things. One of the people I met on this trip is currently taking flying lessons, but that is something that I would have also thought was well outside my price range. He was just an average guy though, and he convinced me that this could be something that I might try as well. It is something I’m definitely going to look into.
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