At some point in our lives, we all find ourselves on a stag or hen do. We guarantee that you will have have either been on one, or will go on one in the future.
With both a rising population, and the divorce statistics increasing every day, it stands to reason that your chances of going on a pre-nup party are high. Certain, even. That’s maths. Cold, hard maths.
So, maybe you’ve been chosen to be the Best Man, or Maid of Honour. If so, we highly recommend you choose snowboarding for your stag/hen. Trust us, snowboard trips they have everything your done-to-death city break stag weekends have, but with plenty of added bonuses.
Just make sure you think about the following…
A Locations For Even Your Tightest Mate
The days when the slopes were the playground of the super rich are over. Granted, if you want to spend your days on snow rubbing shoulders with the Kardashians-On-Ice, you’ll need a wallet the size of a footballer’s delusion of self-worth. However, you may be surprised just where you can snowboard these days.
There are excellent budget options all over Europe, not least in France, Andorra, and even Spain. However, for something a little different, Bulgaria is a must. The same country that gave the world the notorious slag/party resort of Sunny Beach is an ideal place to have your stag do.
“boozy Shots before getting on the first lift are medicinal, honest”
Both Bansko and Borovets are emerging as good resorts to get your fill of snow throughout the season. However, Vitosha is the mountain that’s close to the Bulgarian capital Sophia, meaning you can get your shred on during the day, and head to the city to let alcohol reduce your life expectancy by 3 years at night.
Wherever in the world you choose (or wherever your skint mate limits you to), you can almost always be assured snow, good lifts, better food, and accommodation to suit all budgets. And remember, if you are working on a tight budget, AirBnB is your friend.
Stags Banging Heads
A stag do isn’t really a stag do without a bit of friendly(ish) competition. After all, you’re all stags, right? This is nature. While you may think of snowboarding as being the ultimate bromatic high-five-fest, get a bunch of mildly inebriated blokes together, strap them onto waxed planks on a snow covered slope and the competitive flame will be burning brightly before long.
The very best and the very worst will be falling on their arse throughout the day, providing everybody else with plenty of point-and-laugh moments to fill many a Best Man’s speech. Yeah, there may be the odd bump and bruise, but they’re just trophies, without which, no Instagram account is complete
24 Hour Party People
A stag do should be one last hurrah. A final, end-of-days extravaganza that will stay with you forever. So you’re going to want to party, right? A stag do in the snow is ideal.
While we at Mpora always encourage responsible drinking, it must be said, there are few other holidays as boozy as a snowboarding break.
Shots before getting on the first lift (they’re medicinal, honest), bars on the mountain to ensure you stay hydrated, a pint or two with lunch, then head down at about 4pm to start the après shenanigans.
Whether your idea of a good night is a few glasses of ’72 Krug, necking Jäger from a boot while listening to sax-heavy techno, or anything in between, the slopes have got you covered.
“you wont end up with a slapper from ‘Napa”
But it doesn’t end there. The mountains hold a secret that any worse-for-ware stag needs to know. The can cure hangovers. Forget eating your bodyweight in fried bacon, or downing 8 litres of energy drink. Those days are over.
Nothing shifts a hang over like a few laps on the mountain in the morning. If you haven’t experienced this miraculous phenomenon, you’re going to have to take our word for it.
Furthermore, your other-half need not worry about any drunken indiscretions. Unlike a stag do on some infamous party island, you wont end up at the naughty doctors following a night with a slapper from ‘Napa.
While you’re away boarding, your significant other can sleep easily at night knowing you’ve expended all of your energy falling over, getting up, and racing your mates down the hill (probably in fancy dress) to have your head turned. Months in the dog-house avoided, all thanks to snowboarding.
Other Ways To Humiliate Yourself
We have no idea why not everybody loves snowboarding. Genuinely, we’re clueless. However, we’ve come to accept that its not everyone’s cup of cake. And that’s okay*. We understand.
If somebody on your stag do finds themselves perversely opposed to snowboarding, there are often plenty of other activities that can fill their days, both on and of the mountains.
Why not try tobogganing? Your chosen resort may have a bobsleigh run, ideal for testing your testicular fortitude. Hell, you might even want to give skiing a go.
Away from the slopes, there are very often spas, ideal for relaxing muscles more accustomed to spinning around on the office chair than spending a week sliding down a hill.
And if all else fails, there are always a whole host of bars willing to serve you local fire water while you try to watch football in a foreign language. “GOL! Futee-dis-bool“.
*NB: It’s not okay.