The skiing holiday: a time of harmony, family, togetherness and total relaxation. But sometimes it’s impossible to avoid an argument – about the right slope, the lunch break or the yeast dumplings. We asked Professor Trisanna the best way to steer through the difficulties.

When should we set off?
In any group of tourists, there are the super keen – and the more relaxed souls. One lot want nothing more than to get out on the mountain along with the slope groomers, the others would be happy starting after the lunch break. That’s what it’s always like, even if the group only consists of two people. What can we do?

Professor Trisanna advises:
Start out for the slopes early one day, and later the next. This means you both have at least one day of fun (and it’s over quickly anyway for the other one).


Which slope should we take?
The red slope or the black one? The one with the moguls, the one with a chance of deep snow, or the motorway piste, after all? Which slope to choose is always a source of conflict. What’s the solution?

Professor Trisanna’s tip to avoid arguments:
Skip a run and wait at the bottom. The one who wants to rattle down the black piste will be happy with the extra workout. And the one waiting at the bottom can have a drink at the outdoor bar.


The problem with taking a break
Another classic on group holidays: the quickest skier sets off first, pushes on, comes to a standstill after skiing down 100 metres of height difference, and waits for the rest of the group. They wait, of course, just the time it takes for the weakest in the group to do a downhill turn in next to them – and then speed off again. By the third such slope, at the latest, sparks will fly. Or snowballs. Or skis.

Professor Trisanna’s suggestion for a better group feeling­:
The quickest skier should bring up the rear. And buy a drink for everyone they overtake on the slope. Which soon solves the problem with taking a break.


Eating or skiing through?
A development of problem number one: the keen skiers are happy to miss out on the lunchtime break because that would mean missing out on four really great downhill runs. More relaxed souls often go skiing just because of the lunchtime break (and the yeast dumplings. And the hot chocolate laced with alcohol). What’s the answer?

Professor Trisanna’s advice here is once again to split up.
While the group with a fondness for yeast dumplings take a break, the slope fanatics can put in an extra downhill run. By the third day at the latest, aching muscles will leave everyone in need of a break.