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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Hit the Slopes

It can be very tempting to get carried away in the mountains. You’re in the great outdoors, you’ve had a lunchtime vin chaud, you see a line of kids (who frankly don’t look old enough to even walk) zipping through the park and you think ‘well if they can…’. Don’t think that.

Kids defy the law of gravity, they fall off rails and bounce, you fall off a rail and it’s the holiday ender. Learn the basics on the piste first before you get tempted to take that park line. Just think you don’t want to be this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugD-qfhSAvE [part title=”Don’t Get Carried Away at Après”] For many, après is a major part of a snow holiday. After a solid day on the mountain, come 4pm you’ll start to notice the crowds streaming towards the nearest mountain bar.

Follow them, but go with caution. A civilised vin chaud will swiftly turn into a fast flowing concoction of jugs of beer, toffee vodka and jaeger bombs and before you know it you’ll be off your head, dancing on tables, having the time of your life.

Amazing fun, but if you’re new to the mountain our advice would be not to indulge in an après session up the mountain as it will inevitably involve you having to ski back down blind drunk. Pick an après spot in the resort or one handily located next to a lift that you can safely nip back down in.

And as you’re knocking back those shots, remember that there’s no time for a hangover as you’ll be getting up and doing it all over again the next day…

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