Most skiers and snowboarders start getting crazy excited around August in anticipation of ski season. You, on the other hand, prefer a more relaxed, realistic attitude, and only start getting fussed when the first snowflakes fall from the sky. Around January you begin looking at ski holiday packages for the end of the season – a long weekend should be more than enough, right? If you recognise yourself in these traits, you probably aren’t a hardcore skier. But hey, that’s ok! Take this quiz to find out whether you belong on the steepest slopes or whether you’d be more at home in the bar with a nice mulled wine.
If it’s not bluebird skies with a fresh powder dump, then you’re not exactly raring to go out on the slopes. This also goes for crowds – is there a huge queue at every lift? You’ll give it a miss today, thank you very much.Grey skies? No thanks.
It might be cloudy tomorrow, or you might have a sore leg, or you might be hungover from après-ski... You never know what can happen! If you’re THAT person, you probably only buy a one-day ski pass and take it one day at a time. Why buy a 6-day pass when the bed is so comfy and warm?
One of the tensest moments during a ski holiday is drawing straws to see who has to stay in the hotel to prepare the meal while everyone else is skiing. With you, though, it’s easy – you happily volunteer to do groceries and make that new recipe you’ve been dying to try. Didn’t book a hotel with a kitchen? You’ll find another excuse...Your friends had better appreciate your "sacrifice"!
Enjoying a cappuccino with a lovely view of the snow-covered mountains, reading the newspaper or people-watching, coming back in the afternoon for a sneaky slice of cake and ending the day early with a pint... Ski holidays are just the best, aren’t they?
Your ski pass is in your other ski jacket and your gloves are nice and warm where you left them on the radiator. Enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders wouldn’t think twice about dashing back to the hotel to grab their equipment before racing back to the ski area to make up for lost time. Not you, though. If you’re making the effort to go all the way back, then you might as well just stay right there! You’ve already lost so much time that the ski day’s a bust anyway.
While other skiers and snowboarders queue up at the break of dawn to snag first tracks on the slopes and get as many runs in as possible, you’ve snoozed your alarm 7 times and counting already. What’s the rush? The slopes will still be there in a few hours.You might not know it, but this is what ski slopes look like first thing in the morning
Everybody knows that people always get hurt on the last run of the day. That’s why you’ve had the sagacity to take the cable car back down to the village. Why exert yourself? That’s what technology was invented for.
The piste bashers are lined up and ready to go, drivers waiting impatiently for the last stragglers to leave. Diehard skiers and snowboarders are rushing down the slopes to get one last lift in before the clock strikes 4. But you’re not one of them. At this point, you’ve already showered and you’re sitting peacefully in your hotel room, reading a nice book while you wait for your friends to come back.
Just a quick selfie for Instagram, so everyone can see that you’re on a ski holiday! Hang on a second while I find a good filter for this panoramic view of the mountains... Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to quickly call home just to say hi. Oh, the slopes are closing in half an hour? Never mind, we’ll have all day tomorrow to ski...
You’re a secret agent on a mission: sabotage the other skiers and snowboarders so you don’t have to spend ALL DAY on the slopes. A nice coffee on the sunny terrace, a few sips of schnapps at the bar and an earnest, prolonged conversation should do the trick and prevent them from dragging you back out into that snowy blizzard.Hot cocoa, anyone?
How do your scores stack up? Despite the goggle tan, the bragging and all the skiing selfies, are you just an imposter who doesn’t really like skiing at all?
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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