How to Ski with a Hangover

ski on a hangover

If you’re anything like us, at some point in your ski holiday (if not every morning), you’ll have to deal with a hangover.

You might be able to blame your behaviour from the night before on the altitude. But, excuses won’t help you in the morning.

Fear not! Here’s how to ski with a hangover.

Tried and Tested Hangover Cures

So, it’s the morning after the night before. You’ve woken up on the floor next to your bed, or in somebody else’s, depending on how good the night was.

Your head is pounding, and the thought of locating your ski gear seems impossible. Getting boozy on your ski holiday comes with some inescapable downsides!

Powering through simply isn’t an option for you. You need some immediate medical intervention.

We’re here to help. We’ve visited the slopes enough times to know what works and what doesn’t. Here are some fool proof hangover cures to see you on your way to the slopes.

Food Glorious Food

Everyone knows you can’t beat a greasy fry up in the morning!

But, truthfully, any food will do. The unhealthier the better, of course. Studies have shown that the humble banana can help cure a hangover, but, realistically, nobody cares.

If you can’t convince a kind friend to venture out into the cold to find you some food, it’s time to go hunting.

Perhaps have the forward thinking the night before to leave a bag of crisps next to the bed. While you’ll thank your future self, you can’t be sure you won’t have eaten them in your drunk stupor a few hours earlier.

If you’re a ski bum, you’ve probably got a Pot Noodle stash on standby. Reach for these at your earliest convenience.

Keep Drinking

Your stomach might churn at the thought of any more alcohol, but hair of the dog works.

An added bonus? It will give you a buzz to see you through the rest of the day.

You’ll never feel more invincible than when you manage to down another pint after a heavy night. The (wo)man, the myth, the legend.

Double Espresso

We’ve asked around, listened to the whispers on the mountain, and put theories to the test in our quest to save you from trauma of a hangover.

What works? Coffee.

If you can stomach it, drink it as strong as possible.

The Hangover Kit

We’ve asked our fellow neighbours on the pistes for hangover cure recommendations.

One which kept coming up? Make yourself a hangover kit.

Fill it with things like Red Bull and Berocca.

We have a feeling these are helpful wherever you are, let alone on the slopes.


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The Early Bird Catches the Worm

For those who are keen to power through, and are too hardcore for hangover cures, we salute you.

Fresh mountain air is the perfect medicine for a hangover. So, as hard as it may seem, get up when you wake up.

Plus, the earlier you go, the more likely you are to still be drunk. Skiing while drunk isn’t a wise decision, but at least you won’t feel as rough!

Stay Hydrated

Keep drinking! And no, not alcohol, on this occasion.

You should be staying hydrated on the slopes anyway. But, for those suffering from the night before, this piece of advice is particularly crucial.

If water isn’t for you, fruit juice is another great option. Give your liver a rest – for now.

Bury Your Head in the Snow

You’ll be surrounded by beautifully cold, soothing snow. Why not use it?

If your head is pounding, the ultimate ice pack is just sitting in front of you.

Although, it’s best to avoid doing this while there’s people around. Find a quiet area.

Use Your Friends

Friends look out for each other, right? If you know you’re going to struggle to get up in the morning, make your friends promise to get you out of bed.

Even if they have to physically drag you there, tell them they have a responsibility to get you to the slopes.

Alcohol poisoning is no excuse! You’re here to ski, so skiing is what you shall do.

Promise you’ll repay the favour the next night.

Make a Bet

Need some incentive to get to the slopes? Bet someone you’ll beat them there.

If you make it there before them, well done you, you won the bet. If you don’t, hey, you managed to get out of bed. Everyone’s a winner in this situation.

The forfeit can be a drink, eternal servitude, or your first born. It’s up to you!

Challenge Yourself

If you really want to wake yourself up, why not push things to the limit?

What could be more sobering than being faced with an unforgiving black run?

Disclaimer: we’re not responsible for any injuries which happen as a result of poor decision making.

Think About the Night Before

Remind yourself that there’s a price to pay for everything.

You can’t have it all! If you wanted to feel fresh as a daisy every morning, you’d have to sacrifice the fun.

Somehow, reminding ourselves of this always helps us ski with a hangover.

Pride cometh before the fall, remember.

Don’t Feel Sorry for Yourself

If you think about it, the perfect place to get a hangover is on a ski holiday.

Exercise cures a hangover! Usually the thought of doing exercise the morning after is an alien concept.

But, now you have no choice, so count yourself lucky.

Wallowing in self pity will not help you cure your hangover. Just grab your skis or board and get right back on the horse. You have another night of drinking ahead of you, remember.

Make a Joke Out of It

How to ski with a hangover? Laugh it off!

Don some crazy ski accessories and put on your game face. If you love après-ski, a hangover is an inevitable part of your holiday.

So, what else is there to do but laugh about it? Smile through the tears, if nothing else.


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