When you head out on vacation, you start off with good intentions & try to see everything that is humanly possible to fit into a twenty-four period. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, if you’re on a mountain retreat, there is an important question you have to ask yourself – when have you scheduled time for relaxation?

At some point during the last few years, vacations have turned into a blurringly unsettling combination of frayed nerves, pushed boundaries, and ways too many planning guides & sticky notes. Isn’t the point of a vacation to be able to just chill out for a while?

Well, it’s time to we got back to this laid-back way seeing our vacations, especially if you’re on a mountain retreat. This may be on one of the most satisfyingly calm getaways on the planet, so the last thing you should be experiencing is tension.

Well, how exactly do you go about making that happen? Here are five sure-fire ways to relax on your next mountain retreat:

Go Skiing – Seriously, you’d be very surprised to know what you can still ski even when the official season is over. It all depends on how the weather is acting, and this can include bouts of available snow in the spring and summer months.

Hit the Mountain Biking Trails – The one thing you have to remember is that just because you have a mountain bike & go biking around the park a lot, you may not understand what it means to really hit the mountain biking trails. Check ahead of time to see if there are any beginner trails as some areas are strictly for intermediate & advanced cyclists.

Check out a Chairlift – There are few things as relaxing as sitting down, so why not do this on a chairlift that has you a few hundred vertical feet in the air? There are few places you can get the type of vistas you’re guaranteed on a chairlift.

Take In A Spa – The idea of a mountain retreat may get you to think about accommodations & surroundings that are a bit more spartan than they actually are, which is a good thing. If you really want to be in a really relaxed state, check out a local spa.

Explore the Local Town – You probably wouldn’t expect getting out in public among the locals as being a good way to relax, but you’d be mistaken. All too often we seclude ourselves in our hotels or rentals, paying little to no attention to the people who make your temporary home their permanent home. Usually in a mountain town, the population is low, the locals are friendly, and they can probably give you some great insight into finding some of the area’s hidden gems.

A mountain retreat can be just what the doctor ordered for you and your family. Given all that you do at school and at work, not to mention extra-curricular activities & office assignments that won’t stop following you, you all need a break. Taking a trip into the mountains may just put some of the hitch back in your giddy-up.