Skiing and snow boarding are very intensive for your body. But many people leave for wintersports holiday without properly preparing their bodies. Skating (inline & board) is a great way to prepare your body and brain to go on holiday and come back without serious long term injuries. Just keep reading to discover why.
For many skiers and snowboarders, wearing the right outfit is of utmost importance. There are a lot of people who ski down the slopes. Nothing is more convenient than being able to recognize your friends because of their unique outfit. There’s the possibility of wearing a colorful (but fashionable) ski suit or even a fun onesie!
Winter is in town. We got our skis out of the closet and decided, quite last minute, to go skiing in Belgium for a day. We drove to Ovifat for an entire day of snow fun.
When you think of skiing, you think of a very long bus drive, kilometers of slopes, panoramic views of beautiful mountains and making sure you catch the last lift home to get back to your chalet. We had a little bit of a different experience, but we enjoyed it just as much.
A couple of hours driving from our beloved home town, Ghent, lies Ovifat. It’s all the way in the east of Belgium. In the Rue du Piste 1 you’ll find the parking lot of a nice private terrain where you can enjoy a day of skiing on 3 (!!) different slopes.
The practical side of skiing in belgium
First of all, the highway and big roads are free of snow and safe to drive. However, this is not the case for the smaller streets, including the street towards the parking lot of the skiing area! Winter tires are desirable when you’re driving towards the Belgian ski slopes.
Secondly, did you know that the skiing terrains in Belgium seldom allow snow boarders? It feels like a bit discriminating, but I’m sure they have a good reason for that. At least, I hope they do. So PJ went – feeling a little offended – skiing in stead of boarding, for the first time in 15 years.
Another thing we discovered is that in order to use the lifts you have to buy a ticket with a limited amount of trips. Every time you take a lift back up the hill, they punch a hole in your card. And you’ve got 18 trips per card. At first we thought that 18 descends per person was not a lot, but at the end of the day we still had a couple of squares without a hole in it.
Finally, there’s one bistro at the top of the slopes where you can buy something to eat and drink. I would recommend to bring some snacks of your own to enjoy as much of the experience as possible. The first time on the slopes in the season is quite tiring and the cold doesn’t do much for your energy levels either. Also, don’t for get to bring water on your skiing trip! In this blog post you’ll read about why you should bring water and how to make it durable.
After a couple of descends we got the idea to switch skis. Even though PJ’s skis are way too long for me and my skis are in fact too short for PJ, we still decided to shake it up. The difference we felt was remarkable, and that wasn’t only because of the different length of the skis. I won’t go into detail, but let’s say the type of ski definitely has a big impact on your skiing experience. The way a ski feels to you depends on your level, your style and your body type.
If you’re renting skis, for example at A.S. Adventure, Skimium, or a local rental place, I’d urge you not to sell yourself as the next world champion free ride or slalom if that’s not the case. The people who decide which skis you’ll be using for a week should be able to trust on your word to give you the right skis. The problem in the high season is that exchanging your skis for another pair is not always possible. In the sad case where your level doesn’t match the level of the skis, you’ll probably won’t be able to enjoy your holiday as much as you’d like.
DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY
We used the day to test our techniques. I even tried to take my first couple of small jumps. Maybe we also talked a lot about technical skiing stuff. But most of all, we enjoyed ourselves a lot. It was my first time on the slopes in four years. For PJ it was his first time skiing in fifteen years. We had a lot of laughs and we joked around a bit, and we definitely enjoyed skiing in Belgium.
Our spontaneous little adventure gave us a lot of joy and a little bit of sunburn on our cheeks. Skiing in Belgium was a great idea in our humble opinion and we’re definitely going to do it again!
Did you ever go skiing in Belgium or elsewhere close to home? How was your experience?