Skiing in Italy // Watch Us Crash, Affordable Skiing, Tips for Eating in a Foreign Country
Today’s post has a lot! Ski crashes, how we lucked out and found an affordable Italian ski resort, and tips for eating out when traveling. There is a lot, so let’s jump into the content.
I was a great skier 9 years ago! Then 9 years passed, and I tried skiing again, this time in the Italian Alps, I am no longer great. But seriously I had high hopes for myself, I can ski on hills, how much harder is mountain skiing? I’m here to tell you it is harder. Even when your expert-skier brother-in-law says, “these are the easiest mountains I have ever skied.” They’re still hard. So that inevitably led to some funny GoPro footage. Who doesn’t like to watch people fall? Add skis, it’s even better. When Mathew decided he was buying a GoPro, I disapproved. I’m eating my words today, because the below video cracks me up!
- Mathew shares ski tips, then loses his balance and falls over: 0:19
- My screaming crash: 0:45
- My sister’s yard sale: 0:53
- My brother-in-law just dominating us all: 2:08
Affordable Skiing in Italy & Switzerland
The idea for the ski trip evolved because my sister and brother-in-law are skiers. They were traveling all the way to Europe in February, it felt fitting to maximize our fun during Europe’s winter. Only problem, Mathew and I don’t ski (see above). Since we’re not skiers, the thought of spending thousands of dollars to ski was not appealing, so the hunt for an affordable ski trip began.
We decided to ski at Monte Cervino. Sometimes called Breuil-Cervinia, or The Matterhorn- Italian side. Honestly, we landed on this mountain because their online information was translated into English. But we were excited about this option because the mountain bordered Italy and Switzerland, with The Matterhorn being the center of everything.
Here is what we paid, per person, per day:
- Lift Ticket: $61.50
- Ski Rental (Skis, Poles, Boots, Helmet): $37.00
- Lunch in the Chalet: $21.00
- Parking: Free
One Day of Skiing Totaled: $119.50/ person
Before this trip, I had never skied outside of Minnesota so mountain rental and lift ticket prices were unknown to me. My sister and her husband continued to comment on their previous ski trips, and how prices in Colorado and Montana were much higher. It should be noted that facilities in the States were also noticeably newer and more organized.
Not listed above: our flights, a rental car, hotel rooms, and meals off the mountain. All of these expenses were in line with standard travel expenses.
Eating Out While Traveling
Finding good, authentic restaurants, that everyone will enjoy while traveling is hard! Throw in a language barrier, expectations about what a country should serve, hungry people, and you’ve just created a recipe for high tensions and arguments. We’ve all been there, right?
My brother-in-law was so excited for Italian food, he had his heart set on eating spaghetti and meatballs! And from an un-researched point of view this dish should be everywhere, right? It was not in northern Italy. Guess what was on every menu? Veal. Yep, calf meat, probably the last thing we wanted to eat. But we were hungry and that’s what was available.
There is an easy way to avoid disappointment. A tip I usually live by: research food options before arrival. And luckily the internet makes this so easy! Do the following steps and take the stress out of meal time in a foreign country. Avoid the veal!
- Pinterest Search
- Search your location: “Milan Restaurants” or “Milan in 48 Hours”. More times than not blog posts will appear with great tips for dining in whatever city you searched.
- Instagram Hashtag Search
- The restaurant and experience are good for someone to Instagram their food, right?. Search “#MilanRestaurant” or “#MilanFoodPhotographer”
- Trip Advisor
- While I’d consider Yelp to be more popular in the States. Trip Advisor is widely used across Europe. Search your location on Trip Advisor to see top rated and reviewed restaurants
- Hotel restaurants in Europe are some of the best restaurants. This was a huge mindset adjustment for me, as I would typically avoid a hotel restaurant in the States. Don’t shy away from your hotel’s dining options or a hotel in the area.
- European restaurants love reservations. If you are able to email or call to make a reservation, do it. I still have to bite my tongue when a restaurant turns me away because they’re, “full for the night.”. This would never happen in the States, they’d simply list the wait time. But European diners make reservations so turning away customers happens frequently, especially when you’re outside of capital cities.
Thanks for reading today. Since we are heading into March, over the next couple weeks I will be sharing some St. Patrick's Day inspired recipes and fun! See you next week.