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Once it's past closing time for the ski lifts, you might want to hang around outside for a while; the kids will sleep even better tonight. So, whether you're having a snowball fight or building a snowman, take off your ski boots, put on your après-skis and... "kids, wait for me!".
We've got snow and that's already satisfying. And, because we're staying positive, we're already looking forward to the top of the chairlift (which will be open, yes, yes), admiring the scenery while nibbling on a chocolate bar. But before or after skiing, there's plenty to do in the snow without ski lifts.
No, I'm not going to introduce you to Yukigassen (go and have a look, it's pro practice: it's almost scary), but even (and especially) with kids, snowball fights are sport! And a complete sport, if you please: cardio, strength, precision, strategy... With the weight (the "ballast") of the ski suit, the après-skis and the coat, the runs in 30 cm of powder made me suffer more than the Trail Côte d'Opale®...
But it was all fun and laughter!
To advise us, our expert Fiona invites us to take inspiration from the different handball shots.
Before we go into the rules for each game, there's one golden rule that applies when you pick up your snowball: the head is forbidden. Strictly forbidden. In fact, if you hit your head, you'll lose one point or be banned from shooting back for 1 minute. It's all there in black and white, so there's no point trying to confuse the referee with made-up rules: you've been warned and will be unstoppable! Cheaters and bad players, the end of corruption has come!
Have the kids run out of energy to throw even a pine cone at each other? Now's the time to get to work making a pyramid of snowballs (you could always try a tower, but hey...): we trust you to make it as tall and majestic as possible.
And now that you're all warmed up and to calm everyone down, we've got a snowman activity for you! Yes, it's better at the end... There'll be less energy to face little sister in an unwanted game of “Bouli” catch.
No, we're not going to teach you how to make a snowman (we wouldn't dare question your talent). But we did wonder how we could change the way we make snowmen, to make them even more unique... So we asked Vitor and Laura to share some of their inspiration with us.
With snowball fights, projectile making, throwing techniques, special rules and a good dose of snowman inspiration, you'll be better prepared than ever to have fun in the snow!
And writing all this down has made me want to get started too! Ski lifts or not, I can't wait!