Whether you're looking to warm up your muscles and stretch out before hitting the slopes in the morning, or you're looking for a way to reduce soreness and unwind after an exciting day on the mountain, yoga is a great option. This activity has become popular among skiers and snowboarders and, when coupled with the fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery, it's a truly wonderful way to relax.
Yoga classes can be found all over the Alps, and in Meribel, a new 'snowga', massage and chalet company called Aux Alpes is encouraging wellbeing through yoga and other similar activities.
The group hosts a variety of events and sessions, including 'Retreat Hours', which are suitable for all levels, whether you're a complete beginner or a well-practised expert. Throughout the yoga session, an instructor guides participants through a fluid and sometimes challenging selection of movements and poses, all planned with snowsports enthusiasts in mind. Instructors are happy to adapt movements to suit individual requirements, and all instruction is provided in English.
Each session also ends with a meditation pose, allowing you to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Participants say they feel refreshed afterwards, while also having enjoyed a good workout.
These outdoor hour-long retreats take place at La Folie Douce, a restaurant in the middle of Meribel. It has a lovely terrace, where the yoga classes take place, and it's known for its delicious food too.
Yoga sessions begin at 10 am and costs vary depending on the added extras that are included. The next retreat will take place on March 15th. It will feature a live DJ, who will make sure the music fits perfectly with the yoga poses and the scenery. Another one will happen on April 5th, and it will be followed by a champagne brunch.
Getting to La Folie Douce is easy - you can either walk or ski in, and the sessions should prove to be the perfect way to start your day, while also providing something a little bit different for your ski holiday.01/03/2017
A ski holiday can be a fabulous way to get out and enjoy some fresh air, while also enjoying the thrill of speeding downhill through fresh powder. But what if you want to become a better skier when you strap on your rental skis? Sure, practice makes perfect, but sometimes it takes a bit of extra hard work to see a real improvement in your skills and abilities.
Part of becoming a better skier includes improving your fitness level - and this is something that can be done year-round, even in the off-season. In particular, you want to work on strengthening your leg muscles and core strength - and your endurance can be improved with running and other cardiovascular activities.
Another thing to think about is where to book your ski holiday. Whether you think you've plateaued, or you want to take on more difficult runs, opting for a more challenging destination should to help you take your skills to the next level.
Here are resorts to consider if your goal is to become a better skier:
●St Anton, Austria - Known for its challenging pistes, where even the moderate runs can be a bit daunting, St Anton is a great place for skiers who want to put their skills to the test. You can tackle the slopes yourself, or maybe consider hiring a guide or an instructor to show you around and help you improve your technique.
●Cervinia, Italy - Situated at the base of the Matterhorn, Cervinia is a high-altitude location with some truly spectacular views. Its lift system also connects across the border with Zermatt in Switzerland, so you'll have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a run. Most of the slopes in Cervinia are wide open, meaning there won't be as much opportunity for dramatic manoeuvres, but it's the perfect environment for working on technical improvements.
●Meribel, France - Located right in the middle of the Three Valleys - the world's biggest ski area - Meribel offers plenty of choices for skiers at every level. If you want to challenge yourself, head to the Pointe de la Masse or Mont Vallon, or consider trying one of the legendary off-piste options.30/11/2016
Every Thursday from March 31st until April 14th the Moon park will be hosting sessions from 1pm each day for anyone to just turn up as they please. The only things you need to bring with you are your snowboarding and/or skiing skills because when you throw down your best moves you'll be rewarded with a fun little prize for your efforts. Of course, this isn't the most competitive of events, it's meant to be an enjoyable way for you to practise your skills and brush up on some of your fine tuning.
To give you a hand - not that you need it - two park shapers will be there to welcome you to the moon park and encourage anyone and everyone to come and join in. If you think you might not be good enough to take part, you should really reconsider because going to the Moon Park on these Thursday sessions is a really good way to learn from others, as well as give yourself some extra time on the slopes.
On Mondays, things get much more of a group feeling with the Family Moon sessions. This is when you can all come together and challenge friends and family in the snowpark, to get a little friendly competition going between each other. There will also be free activities for everyone to enjoy, such as games to make sure that you all have as much fun as possible. Again, these Monday sessions are open to all abilities and everyone is encouraged to take part. However, if you are attending with small children, adults are advised to keep an eye on little ones as these events can be quite busy.
Entrance to Mondays and Thursday sessions are free to all, and to get to the Moon Park, you just take the plan de l'homme chairlift - and you're there!