13 May 2020 from Danielle in General

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.

1. You're a fair-weather skier

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.

2. You buy your lift passes one day at a time

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?

3. You volunteer for grocery shopping and cooking

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...

Recept: Tiroler Gröstl
Your friends had better appreciate your "sacrifice"!

4. Your favourite spot in the resort is not a ski piste, but this lovely little café

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?

5. You "accidentally" forget your equipment

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.

6. You never take the first lift up

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.

fresh corduroy ski piste
You might not know it, but this is what ski slopes look like first thing in the morning

7. You never ski the last run down

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.

8. You're never the last one on the slopes

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.

9. You’re busy with a thousand other things, just not skiing

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...

10. You lure your skiing partners away from the slopes

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
Hot cocoa, anyone?

Moment of truth: How much do you really like skiing?

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?

  • 0x: NO WAY. Skiing is your life!
  • 1-3x: You wouldn’t give up your firstborn child for a ski holiday, but you like skiing more than the average Joe.
  • 4-6x: Your relationship to skiing can best be described as “neutral”. It’s nice when you get to go, but you’re not losing any sleep if you don’t get to go skiing for several years in a row.
  • 7-9x: To you, a skiing holiday means sleep, Austrian food and the spa. Actual skiing on the slopes, not so much. Maybe just one day during the holiday, so you can get some good pictures.
  • 10x: YES, ABSOLUTELY! Skiing is repetitive, boring and a total waste of time and effort. Actually, your friends should be paying you to go along with them and cook them supper.

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!