On my God! Can you imagine what this ski trip will be like? Absolute carnage on the ski slopes – but great fun as well! I’m afraid my Copper Face Jacks days are behind me but I would love to be a fly on the wall on this holiday….What goes on tour, stays on tour…!
If you like the idea of an organised ski trip from Ireland, these options might be a bit more civilised:
98FM – have been organising ski trips for 17 years now. In 2016 they are going to Bad Hofgastein in Austria.
The Sandyford Ski Centre are also organising a trip in 2016 to Cervinia, Italy.
Ski Club Ireland also organise a number of wintersports holidays for its members. Non-members are welcome too for a small additional fee (which also includes a free lesson or practice at Kilternan). Last year three very successful trips were organised to Courchevel in France (January), Westendorf in Austria (February) and La Grave in France (March). In 2016 the holidays are again to Courchevel (January), Westendorf (February) and La Grave (March).
It is possible to ski without any snow and there are two decent options available in Dublin if you want to get those ski legs ready.
If you prefer the outdoor option, there is a very good dry-slope at Kilternan. This is the National Snowsports Centre for Ireland and is run by Ski Club Ireland (see link below). There are actually three slopes of varying gradients (for different abilities) and they have excellent instructors there if you want to take lessons. Alternatively, if you are a fairly competent skier and just want to warm those leg muscles up before your holiday, you can just pay to use the slopes and ‘do your own thing’. But I do believe that skiers of all abilities can benefit from lessons – even advanced skiers. There is always something new to learn and like golfers who are always improving their swings, skiers are constantly tweaking their technique and trying to get the perfect position. It can sometimes help to get a professional instructor to watch you ski and suggest ways to improve.
The dry slope obviously isn’t the same as real snow (it’s easier to ski on real snow) but it’s a very good substitute and our options are extremely limited in Ireland!! We were very lucky in 2010 when we actually had real snow to ski on at Kilternan – but that was a one-off I think!
If you prefer the indoor option, there is also a very good ski/snowsports facility at the Ski Centre in Sandyford. The Irish Times had a very good write-up on this recently – see link below. Again, they cater for all abilities and also offer excellent personal training sessions for people wanting to up their fitness levels before hitting the real slopes. Skiing is a very physical activity and so it really helps to do some training before the holiday – this will lessen the possibility of injury (and I’m speaking from painful experience!)