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TOP 5 SKI RESORTS FOR STUDENT SKIERS

TOP 5 SKI RESORTS FOR STUDENT SKIERS

Tignes – The cheaper, less stuck up sister resort to Val D’isere. Tignes has access to the whole of the Espace Killy which includes 2 glaciers and over 180 miles of pistes it’s hard to imagine yourself getting bored during a trip away. If you want to experience some of the best après in Europe you just have to cross over to neighbouring Val D. Luckily a bus runs between the two resorts but you can always catch a taxi later on if you’re having too much fun.

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Val Thorens – If you head to VT for a student trip you can be sure of two things: you’ll be joined by thousands of fellow students and there will be snow. It’s the highest resort in Europe with the highest pub (Frog & Roastbeef) and it’s a hot spot for uni trips. Another plus is that you can take advantage of the entire 3 valleys ski area with a ridiculous 600km of slopes to choose from.

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Les Deux Alpes – Soon to become one of the biggest ski resorts on the planet, when it links up with neighbouring Alpe H’Duez in 2018, it’s a prime destination for students. On top of it having the largest skiable glacier in Europe, it has some of the best après and a seemingly endless array of off piste available. For any freestyle skiers out there you have to visit the park that’s been voted Europe’s best park five years running!

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Pas De La Casa – Far cheaper option than some others on the list so far. You can pick up a pint for under €2 and expect trips from far and wide taking advantage of the outrageously cheap food and drink. The skiing is perfect for beginners and with night skiing available 3 nights a week you can spend your evenings doing something other than drinking yourself into an oblivion.

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LAAX – Park rats unite! This is the resort of your dreams, or at least the one you’ve been looking at in season edits for the last few months. Although you can find four snow parks in the resort, there’s still plenty for beginners to do on the slopes. It does get a lot of sun so those who aren’t huge fans of slush might find it difficult, but who doesn’t love slush?

So you’re doing a Season

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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