Ski holidays are often associated with copious pints at après, guzzling down as much unlimited wine at dinner and stuffing your face with as much raclette and fondue as possible. Whilst this is what the luxuries of a ski holiday is all about for some, having a healthy ski holiday for both body and mind is becoming increasingly popular. Being more mindful of what you are putting in your body and taking care of it too benefits in so many ways and most importantly also means you can make the most out of your time on the slopes.
Choosing porridge and fruit for breakfast instead of a full English when staying in a catered chalet is a simple way to eat healthily and fuel your body for a day of skiing. Catered chalets always have fruit bowls available for you to help yourself. Put some in your backpack for the day, although avoid packing bananas as that has been tried and tested and makes for a mushy mess at the bottom of your bag, especially if you fall over a lot!
Our Club Med holidays have amazing buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner all included in the holiday price. There is a huge variety of choice and it can be easy to over indulge. They provide a selection of healthy choices including vegan and gluten free options.
If you’re on the slopes over lunch and looking for a pit stop, why not trade carbonara for some light meals at the Supernova? Located in the Peclet shopping centre in Val Thorens, it’s a bio café serving ready to eat foods that are vegan and gluten free. You can also try locally produced organic beers on their terrace.
Our luxury Consensio chalets provide exceptional service and make sure you start the day right with fresh fruit platters, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and healthy shots.
When hitting up après maybe go for an alcohol-free beer or go to a juice or smoothie bar instead for a healthy twist.
Consensio Chalets breakfast, photo : consensiochalets.co.uk
Spa and wellness facilities
Keeping healthy on a ski holiday isn’t just about what you eat but how you take care of yourself before and after you shred the pistes. Choosing accommodation that has spa and wellness facilities are perfect to rejuvinate you at the end of the day.
Consensio chalets are not only beautifully furnished and luxurious but have many bespoke packages to suit all needs of the group and to add something special to your ski holiday. You can even mix and match different parts of the packages to tailor it to you. Their spa and wellness package includes 3 or 4 spa treatments (includes a variety of health massages, facials, a body detox scrub, pedicure or manicure), a physiotherapy or osteopath session, daily yoga or Pilates with a professional instructor on 5 days of your stay and a bespoke detox menu. Plus their chalets have a number of exclusive in-house spa facilities such as jacuzzi’s, saunas and Hammans, massage rooms, swimming pools with jet streams and massage jets and some even have their own state of the art gyms such as the Le Rocher in Val d'Isere. Sign me up!
Our Club Med resorts also have fantastic leisure and wellness facilities that are free to use, and these vary from one resort to another. Rediscover relaxation at a group fitness class, at the cardio or weight room or by having a spa treatment.
Club Med Serre Chevalier Spa
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Ski in a vast ski area
It’s amazing how many calories you can burn on a ski holiday and even more so if you go to a large ski area and get a full area lift pass instead of a local one. Skiing or snowboarding for 6 hours can burn between 2,000 to 3,000 calories, so if you have been eating a little too much cheese or crepes, it’s very easy to burn that off in a day!
Why not go away to The Three Valleys in France which offers 600km of pistes, or venture to Italy and ski the infamous Sella Ronda circuit, part of the Dolomites Superski region that has over 500km of pistes. Or jetset to Austria’s largest linked ski area, the Arlberg ski area, which has an epic expanse of 300km of pistes and 200km of legendary powder terrain.
To monitor all this mileage, download a ski app! Ski Tracks is a fantastic app to track stats such as speed and distance but for counting how many calories you’ve burnt whilst you’re on the mountain, Trace Snow is a great one. It takes ski performance to a whole new level by giving a more in depth understanding on recent routes, jumps and verticals. It’s ideal if you are looking to monitor your calorie intake.
Ski in the Arlberg ski area
For advice and recommendations for your ski holiday, give us a call on the number above and speak to one of our ski experts!