Five Tips to Enjoy a Winter Ski Vacation with Your Family

So you have been skiing since the days when you were a teenager and naturally love the sport more than anything else. And this winter you have an intense intention to plan a winter ski vacation with your family. While the plan sounds to be interesting enough, on a serious note, you might be facing some problems. Skiing with your kids is not really something as enjoyable as it seems to be else while. But… as they very rightly say, if you can plan it right, then every single impossible task turns out to be absolutely possible and that too quite smoothly! So here I have jotted down 5 essential tips that will help you to keep your family happy while on a winter ski vacation; take a quick look –

  • Stay near the mountains – Though you will find a lot of luxurious accommodations, located not so close to the mountain, it is advised to choose those which are quite near to the hills. Trust me it turns out to be a serious problem to get out your kids in the snow. Hence if you choose to stay somewhere near the slopes, it is likely that you’ll have to face lesser problems and everybody will be happy in the family. It is also important to choose slope side accommodations as this allows you to have the lunch in your own kitchen or to change the diaper of your baby, when needed.
  • Look out for the right gear rental – Yes it’s true that buying the quality outfits and all the necessary equipments for skiing for the entire family costs you a lot and that’s why you just need to look for gear rental services and book the ski boards ahead of time. Rent acar to visit the local ski shops and find out who is providing what.
  • Opt for a half day ski – If you have kids with you, many of whom may be going for a ski for the first time in their life, it is wiser to opt for the half day ski packages. Because you never know whether they are competent enough for a whole day ski program. If your kids are not ready to get out of the beds too early, start out late. If all of you are early risers start in the morning and ski till the lunch. Take enough rest, enjoy some indoor games by the fireplace, and if the resort offers night ski as well, head out to hit the slopes again after the dinner.
  • Be flexible with the ski dates – While booking the tickets, make sure that you are given the option to choose the dates on which you would like to go for the ski. You can face a terrible weather, any of your family members may get sick, and the worst – your kids may suffer from mood swings – so it’s always wiser to be flexible with the dates of the ski.
  • Take a day to rest – Most of the ski resorts offer different types of entertainments like snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice climbing and various other festivals. So take a day to enjoy these different fun and frolics and make your vacation even more special.

Author’s Bio: Adam Wilson is an avid traveler. He also owns a renowned vehicle rental company (Xceed Car Rental Inc.). In this article, she offers some handy tips to have fun while on a winter skiing holiday.

Top Tips for Preparing for your Cycling holiday

A cycling holiday is a hugely rewarding and exciting way to explore the world. Read on for a guide to choosing the right kind of trip. We also take a look at training and packing considerations.

Cycling holidays

Cycling holidays are a unique way to discover the world. Cycling offers the chance to explore further than the usual tourist trail, but at a faster speed than walking or hiking. Cycling holidays are usually enjoyed by keen cyclists, but even occasional cyclists can think about taking a cycling tour. So if you’ve considered it and the thought is already sending those endorphins to your brain, then read on with this guide to planning, training and then packing for your cycling holiday.

Type of Trip
Cycling holidays are not as prescriptive as you may think and providers can usually offer a range of trips. The first choice to make is whether you take a tour or a self-guided trip. Singles looking to go on group adventure holidays may want to choose a road tour whilst those who want to explore the world for themselves can opt for a self-guided tour. Really it depends on your personality type.

Cycling holidays are usually split into grades going from leisurely or easy to tough and challenging. If you have good fitness levels and are an accomplished cyclist then obviously you can take the more challenging options, but if you’d prefer to take it easy then you’ll find you still get plenty out of the leisurely options.

Most cycling holidays do involve a few hours of bike riding every day. It is best to get yourself into a good level of fitness before you go so you can get the most out of your trip. Obviously most of us don’t have the time to go for a few hours of cycling every day but providing you are enjoying a decent amount of fitness every week you should be fine.

You will also need to be up to speed on bike repairs and maintenance. If you are fairly new to cycling make sure you understand the basics such as changing a tyre and adapting your seat.

Holidays will nearly always provide you with a choice of hire bike which you can research and book in advance. But many cyclists like to use their own bike which they know and understand already. Obviously if you take your own bike remember to check it is covered by your travel insurance.

Clothes wise you need light clothing which keeps your skin covered to protect you from the sun, but also pack plenty of high factor sun lotion. Lots of socks, decent shoes, a suitable day bag and waterproof clothing are all essential too.

A cycling holiday tends to offer a great mix of exercise, sightseeing and socialising whilst giving you the chance to cover a lot of ground and catch the hidden gems. Plan carefully as to which kind of holiday you want to take and what you need to pack.

Anna Mathews is a regular writer for adventure travel blogs. She enjoys cycling and group adventure holidays and fits in as many as she can each year.

Amsterdam Cycling

Most could summon up half a dozen adjectives about Amsterdam’s culture or people without ever mentioning the cycling. It might even come as a surprise that on a city break to Amsterdam, you’re truly in a cyclist’s city. A hardy breed of cyclist, come rain or ice, snowy or slush Amsterdammers are out on their bikes.

Amsterdam Cycling

If you’re a bit wobbly on your bike, it’s probably best to stick to the summer months (when there’s less chance of you falling into the canal). There are plenty of bike rental shops around town; Orange bikes are one such company, based near to Amsterdam’s centre in Singel.

Everywhere you look

Readily available everywhere within the city, and something of a cultural emblem, there are an astonishing estimated six hundred thousand bikes in Amsterdam. Between 6,000 and 10,000 of these bikes are dredged out of the city’s famous canals every year by the city’s municipal service. Many a local will stress the importance of locking up one’s bike wherever you are in the city!

The fastest way to get around

Compared to cyclists and motorists in the UK, who live in uneasy coexistence, as many as 40% of Amsterdam’s city dwellers cycle on a daily basis. A visit to the ‘Venice of the north’ will show any motorist that getting about in the city’s charming historic infrastructure is in fact made far easier (not to mention quicker) with the use of a bike.

Make a statement

All year long around this city you will likely see cyclists whizzing by, not a cycling pant or (regrettable in some cases) a helmet in sight. An international fashion capital since 2004, the locals take being seen on bike very seriously, so get into fashion mode when you’re cycling around. A bold statement colour or patterned winter coat will ensure pedestrians see you coming, and decorating one’s bike accordingly is a must too. In Amsterdam the style is casual, but still eye catching – no lycra here. Save that for the clubs.

See it all

Renting a bike in this wonderful city you’ll find you get around see more of it. Within the inner city area (centrum) Amsterdam is dominated by her beautiful UNESCO-listed canals, meaning cars are not afforded much room at all. In fact getting around by car takes twice as long on average as it would do by bike, and parking a car in this city of hardy cyclists doesn’t even bear thinking about.

Stay in…

The Okura Hotel Amsterdam, with its panoramic views from their Michelin star restaurant, you’ll get an eyeful of the city herself with easy access to both the museum quarter and Vondelpark. 3 nights from £231pp.

Top tips for cyclists:

Because the city of Amsterdam is a relatively small, you might be able to circle the entire canal ring in an afternoon – failing that, both gorgeous Vondelpark and Hortus Botanicus (botanical gardens) will give you a taste of the great Dutch outdoors.

Booking with easyJet holidays the flights and hotel are both included in the price – so you can spend your cash on something cool in one of the city’s fantastic markets.

Ski Vacations at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah

Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah

If you are looking for the ultimate Utah ski vacation, Solitude Mountain Resort has everything that you could want or need. During the early 1900’s, the  area was full of silver miners, who gave the area its  famous name. Today, the area is covered with  skiers – but the crowds are rather light.

The area became a skier’s paradise in 1957. It was developed by Robert Barrett, who made his fortune as a uranium miner. He basically started developing the resort because he was denied restroom privileges at the ski area in Alta – because he was not a guest.

Now owned by a different family, the resort features 1200 acres of 63 runs for beginners, intermediate skiers, and experts. There are eight lifts, including seven chair lifts and one surface lift. The top elevation at Solitude Mountain is 10036 feet, with a vertical drop of 2048 feet.

There are five lodging options for guests, and activities and events take place all throughout the year. The resort looks like a Tom incaide painting, and one can’t help but wonder if this is where some of his inspiration came from.