Although you’ll spend most of your ski trip hitting the snow-covered slopes, traditional Apres Ski activities will undoubtedly brighten your holiday. After all, what’s a ski vacation without warming your toes by the fire, cupping a warm mug of hot chocolate in your hands? Even timid outdoor adventurers, who were lassoed into the group vacation by friends, can enjoy a variety of laid-back Apres Ski activities. This blog post details some great ways to soak up the wintery atmosphere – without donning skis or snowboards.

Apres Ski Activities

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The Post Office invited bloggers into the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge, a pop-up winter retreat, inspired by Germany’s Black Forest. They put on the event to support their #SkiSafe campaign, which educates travellers about winter sports insurance and how to avoid injury. We braved the late February snow to arrive at the cute wooden lodge, nestled in the terrace of the 5* Rosewood London. Once inside, we cozied up next to the large heat lamps, on the heated wooden benches and chairs covered with blankets. Taking part in the evening’s Apres Ski activities really felt like a respite from city life!

Apres Ski Activities

Photo credit: Kaye Ford (Fordtography)

The Monkey Lodge 47 served up hot welcome drinks with gin, such as Black Forest Gateau and glasses of “apple strudel” made with cloudy apple juice. But to receive a pass for unlimited drinks, each guest had to play a virtual reality skiing game. I was never even good at 2-D video games, so I performed quite poorly, which was totally expected… But I had lots of fun, swerving to avoid rampaging reindeer and soaring during the jumps! At the end of the night, each guest played again, to see how alcohol affected their performance. I didn’t drink, so with the coaching of my friends Nienke and Nick, I least made it through the ice cave on round 2.

Apres Ski Activities

Post Office #SkiSafe Campaign

But many people, unsurprisingly, saw their scores were adversely affected by alcohol. This is why the Post Office, which offers travel insurance, warns travellers that ski accidents caused “after drinking to excess” can invalidate insurance cover. Other important facts to know are that European Health Insurance Cards do not cover rescues from the piste, medical costs in a private facility or additional costs to return to the UK. Some insurance policies even require travellers to wear helmets, and others will not cover accidents off piste. Since one in three Brits have suffered some sort of injury on a winter sports holiday, racking up hundreds of pounds of medical treatments… It is important to insure your holiday, and to understand each of the policy’s stipulations. After all, walk-in treatment can cost you £500 – £1000, while a helicopter rescue racks up £2000/ hour.

Apres Ski Activities

Photo credit: Kaye Ford (Fordtography)

‘Dry’ Apres Ski Activities

Even if you decide to take the night off of drinking during your ski vacation, the cold weather is a great excuse to tuck into some rich and hearty foods. For instance, we dug into a cheese platter and scarfed down cones of warm chips (or thick cut fries, if you’re American). Platters of mini burgers, fritters, cheese bites, smoked salmon appetizers, rarebit tartlets and pieces of toast satisfied our stomachs. I also imagine that fondue and raclette would be the ultimate after-ski foods. (Can you tell I’m a cheese-a-holic?)

Apres Ski Activities

Photo credit: Kaye Ford (Fordtography)

In addition to sampling Alpine cuisine, relaxing your body may help to prepare you for another long day on the slopes! Retreat to a dry heated sauna, or take to the steam room. Hot tubs are another great way to release muscular tension, and some are even located outside for optimum views and gulps of fresh mountain air. For a real treat, schedule a massage to work out those knots. The chair massage at Monkey 47 Winter Lodge only lasted a few minutes, but it was magical.

Apres Ski Activities

When you’re not stuffing your face or getting your zen on in a spa, catching up over a hot chocolate is a great way to enjoy your Apes Ski holiday. After all, you can share stories about your adventures (and misadventures) on the mountain, and reminisce about old times… You can even chatter away during a board game, or simply lapse into silence as you stare out the window, appreciating the surrounding natural beauty.

Apres Ski Activities

Photo credit: Kaye Ford (Fordtography)

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Disclaimer: Up&AtEm Travel was invited to attend this blogger event, hosted by Post Office in the UK.

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