It was a blustery, cold day in February, parts of the UK where being covered in fluffy white snow and as I stepped out of the tube station at Holborn, London, I wondered what the evening ahead would bring – Because, I was going skiing, yes, really I was going skiing.
Okay, I’ll admit that I wasn’t heading to The Alps, I was going virtual reality skiing…
The location was exciting, and glamorous – Which is a pretty good summary for some of the more exclusive ski resorts in Europe. As I walked through the imposing archway of the Rosewood Hotel, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the most charming Monkey 47 Winter Lodge.
As I entered the doors I was whisked into what can only be described as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets, this cosy wooden cabin had captured some of the best parts of Après Ski.
Snuggled together on heated benches, with platters of delicious cheese, crispy salted chips, and warm gin cocktails, all of a sudden I was in my happy place.
Aha! I bet you thought I was just on a jolly ole night out, didn’t you? Well, you’d be right but there was an important undertone to the evening, whilst skiing is about pleasure, we need to consider safety too. Our challenge was to try virtual reality skiing before and after enjoying some alcoholic beverages to test our results and reactions, after a gin cocktail or two.
You see, there’s a good reason all the drinking and dancing on the tables happens AFTER skiing. Whilst living life on the edge is important, sometimes we need to sway towards the more sensible side of life.
“Considering that 1/3 of British skiers sustain some form of injury while on a winter sports holiday, it’s easy to imagine how many more people pick up an injury when combining their skiing with alcohol.” – The Post Office
I’ve worked in the Insurance Industry for over 10 years, please believe me when I say buying Travel Insurance isn’t as appealing as purchasing stylish new thermals for your Ski trip. On the other hand, it’ll be one of the most important purchases you make whilst planning your trip.
Please don’t make the mistake of thinking your trusty European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides limitless cover.
Each country has its own separate rules in relation to medical cover. The cost of recovery after a serious accident could easily exceed the cost of 5 future ski trips, and all can be prevented with the right Insurance cover. After all, don’t you want to live your very best life?
Accidents do happen, but with a little consideration and care, we can reduce the risks and continue our adventures. Call me presumptuous but, don’t you want to enjoy cheese eating and gin drinking without interruption, stress or serious financial strain?
Back to the skiing, well if I’m honest virtual reality skiing was considerably more terrifying and unnerving than the real thing*. There I was, seated and looking rather fetching wearing my headset, swishing my arms alongside me and unsure what to expect next. If you’re more of a visual kind of person you might enjoy this little video…
Whilst I’m most certainly not the most confident skier or the last one standing, there’s nothing I love more than being in the mountains. If skiing is something you’ve considered, don’t let the fear of an accident put you off, it’s never too late to try! As a matter of fact, I wrote a post about why you should learn to ski.
Have you ever had an accident whilst skiing? Or on holiday?
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