An après-ski hangover is as good a time as any to discover that après-ski is not always the... healthiest choice. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to have some fun after a day on the slopes! So, given that you’re dead-set on indulging in a little après-ski every single night of your week-long ski holiday, is there a way to come out alive at the other end? We think so! Here are our tips on how to survive a week straight of après-ski.
Calm down, calm down, we’re talking about water. When it comes to après-ski (or any night out, for that matter), it’s important to make sure you keep hydrated. This will prevent that searing headache in the morning. Try to order a glass of water with each alcoholic drink, and down another big glass of water before you fall asleep.
We know we should never drink on an empty stomach, but it helps to be reminded of this before an après-ski session, when you start drinking in the afternoon and wind up skipping supper. If you think this might happen to you, eat a late lunch and try to grab some chips later in the evening. Anything to provide some soakage!
Who hasn’t experienced the disconcerting feeling of falling into bed “not-very-drunk” and having the whole world start spinning at a million miles an hour? Our tip for beating nausea in bed is to sleep in foetal position, and even try putting one foot on the floor if you can. And one benefit of being in the Alps? Opening the wind will let in a gust of refreshing mountain air to help sober you up.
After a night of drinking, the first image that comes to your mind when you regain consciousness in the morning is a mouthwatering plate of Tiroler Gröstl. But does this make an appropriate breakfast? Actually, yes, it does. The best thing to get your body back on track is a salty or vitamin-rich dish. And don’t worry – you’re on a week-long ski holiday! You’ll burn the calories!
Sugary and carbonated drinks do funny things with your stomach lining and make the alcohol shoot to your bloodstream even faster, so choose your drinks carefully. And try not to mix drinks and provide empirical evidence for the old saying, “grape or grain but never the twain.”
Getting out of bed is the last thing you feel like doing the morning after a lively après-ski session, but fresh tracks await! Don’t underestimate the benefits of the clear winter air on your hangover. A short walk through the beautiful winder wonderland and you should be fresh and ready to hit the powder.
An old boyfriend once texted me, “I drank too much beer so now I’m trying to fix it with carrots.” He wasn’t far off: for more après-ski stamina throughout the week, try incorporating some healthy foods into your diet. Try orange juice, chock-full of vitamin C, or adding a green salad to your lunch.
What are your après-ski survival tips?
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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