It’s that time again, summer’s winding down and winter is well on it’s way, it can mean only one thing, the ski season is around the corner!

If you’ve decided you’re going to do a season it can be quite daunting but here are a few tips to prepare you for what’s ahead.

Highs & Lows

There’s nothing that beats the feeling of an amazing day shredding with your best friends in the most beautiful environment on earth. It’s your day off, your hangover magically disappears as soon as get on the mountain, the sun’s shining and the snow is unreal. These are the moments that make everything worthwhile, really savour these moments because you’ll need them when it gets grim.

And it gets grim… picture the scene: It’s a white out, you haven’t skied in what feels like 3 weeks (in reality it’s been 3 days), you were up half of last night listening to your roommate getting laid, you’re broke and to top it all, you’re starting work in a couple of hours. Believe me, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies during a season!

It’s important to remember the good times and more importantly, just imagine what you’d be doing at home, it usually helps to realise it’s not snowing at home, it’s raining and you’d be stuck working all day instead of skiing (once the clouds go away).

Locals

It’s too easy to get stuck in a bubble with your mates, get to know the ski shop techies and the bar staff early on and you’ll find your season ends up not only being cheaper, as you’re not paying so much to get your skis serviced but you’re also getting to know so many more interesting people in the resort.

Socks

Bring loads of socks, I can’t stress it enough, no matter how many you think you’ll need, bring more, then bring a few more on top of that. There must be some pervert sock thief who has a whale of a time in ski resorts because I still don’t know where all my socks have gone. Before you know it, you’re wearing your 1 good pair of socks for 5 days straight and that smell is not something anyone wants to deal with. Just bring loads of socks okay!

Work

If you’re lucky enough to not have to work during a season, I’m very jealous but why are you even reading this? Seriously though, just go do something else, surely you’ve got something better to be doing!

If, like the rest of us you have to work to get through the season, be prepared for long hours for very little money. There’s only 1 way that work becomes tolerable and you need to embrace mediocracy with every fibre of your body! No one wants you to be great at your job, you just have to do enough to get out skiing every day and not get sacked. Once you master this ability, you’re all set! It’s not easy at first, and be prepared to not ski as much as you’d like in the first few weeks but after new year, you’re going to have the best months of your life with beautiful people, enjoy it!

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