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Practical Tips for a Safe and Memorable Ski Holiday

If you book a winter holiday in one of the many charming ski chalets, La Tania, in the French Alps, makes for an unforgettable experience. But while skiing in and around the resort is generally a very pleasant and safe endeavour - even for beginners - you can avoid any unforeseen trouble by keeping these tips in mind.

Set Up Meeting Points 

If you're travelling with a group and you're based in one of the wonderful ski chalets, La Tania's attractions can easily make you forget the planning side of your holiday. Sometimes, the impulse to just get out and on to the slopes is just too powerful to resist! But make no mistake - accidents and unforeseen circumstances can and do happen, so it's best to be prepared with a contingency plan.

Setting up meeting points at certain times of the day (agreed upon by all members of your group) is important if you want to enjoy a carefree day's skiing. The logic is that if you've come to the resort as a group, and you want to stay that way, you'll need to put some plans in place. There may be instances when some members of the group may want to check out a different attraction to the rest, or maybe some want to relax at one of the town's cafes, thereby breaking up the group. The last thing you want is to be spending half the day trying to track everyone down! The smart solution is agreeing to set meeting points and times beforehand. Choose a spot somewhere that is accessible from all parts of the resort, such as at the bottom of a major lift at a particular time, and everyone will be clear about the arrangements.

Be Prepared for All Weather Conditions

The weather can really make or break your ski holiday when you're staying in one of the chalets La Tania is so famous for. Out on the slopes, weather conditions can change in an instant, and the ill-prepared skier runs the risk of bearing the brunt of such weather changes. It is therefore in your best interests - no matter how annoying it might seem at the time - to ensure you always carry essential and emergency items. A sunscreen or a powerful sunblock, for example, might come in handy if the clouds suddenly part - and any case, even with thick cloud cover, a fair percentage of the sun's ultraviolet rays get through. You should also be ready just in case a blizzard or storm suddenly whips up by carrying a pair of goggles, some safety gear, and proper telecommunication equipment. This will significantly allay any pre-emptive worries and will allow you focus more on enjoying your time on the slopes - regardless of what the weather may throw you way.

Respect the Risks

As the saying goes, 'safety is no accident', and this certainly rings true on the ski slopes. When you book into one of the excellent chalets, La Tania can appear an idyllic resort where you needn't have a care in the world. Of course, this is true to a certain degree, however when it comes to skiing, there are always risks. The slopes here are generally safe and suitable for all levels of expertise, but to a careless or "show off" skier they can pose a certain amount of danger. It is essential not to stray off the pistes without a guide who knows the terrain well. If you do want to explore off piste, there are plenty of great guides available in the resort that can take you and your group on a safe adventure.

Danielle Hodges is the Marketing Manager for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service offering bonded holidays in La Tania and other fantastic locations. If you're looking for catered or self catered ski chalets, La Tania is ideal. For a luxury or good-value skiing holiday call Ski Amis.

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