Spending New Year’s Eve in a ski resort is both the best and the worst place to be. The slopes are rammed with screaming children and out-of-control beginners. The queues for the lifts make a small part of you die inside. For seasonaires, it’s hell on earth.
However, it is also a glorious place filled with revellers celebrating the end of another year. Everyone is happy, no one is sober and most people will end up stumbling home singing Auld Lang Syne to mountains before promptly puking on their own doorstep.
Here are our tips on surviving NYE in a ski resort…
1. Do pre-drink
Ski resorts are more expensive than Kim Kardashian’s butt insurance. Pre-drinking is essential.
2. Don’t start too early
No one wants to be cleaning up puke at 4pm…
3. Do get out on the slopes
That’s what you’re here for, dumb ass!
4. Don’t break yourself
You don’t want to spend midnight lying in Grenoble Hospital.
5. Do consume as much cheese as physically possible
You’re in a ski resort. There is Swiss chocolate, cheese fondue and French wine to consume. Eat and be merry!
6. Don’t try and pretend you can speak French when drunk
7. Do party in your chalet as long as possible
Unless you want to spend an hour queuing for one drink in a four-deep bar…
8. Don’t miss the fireworks display
It’s the best bloody part!
9. Do find someone to smooch at midnight
Random people love it when you slobber all over them during Auld Lang Syne.
10. Don’t take your favourite snow jacket out with you
It will get nicked.
11. Do try and seduce your new ‘friend’ with a greasy drunk snack on the icy walk home
Guaranteed to ease that hangover in the morning, ready for another day of shredding. Well, kind of.