Taking the family on a ski holiday for the first time can feel a daunting prospect. So I wanted to share with you my top tips, that would be important whatever the age of your children. You may already have been on a ski holiday before you had children, but it does present a few more things that you need to think about, so definitely worth some extra planning.
Plan ahead & find a family friendly ski resort
Many ski resorts are now very family friendly, but you must check before hand. This is especially true if you have very young children. Look at the resorts and what they have to offer in terms of family friendly activities and accommodation. A good example of a family friendly company resorts are these Mark Warner Ski Family Holidays. Look for resorts that offer easier slopes, pedestrianized ski-in, ski-out resort towns, which can really help logistically with children.
Another good way of planning is to visit your nearest ski centre. Whether you book an experience or lessons, it all will be good practice for you as a family. It may seem simple, but helping a child feel comfortable in the boots, putting them on and walking around really helps for when you arrive at the resort.
I would definitely recommend wearing the correct equipment whatever your age. Ask friends and family if they have things that you can use to try to save a little money. Pay particular attention to getting a correctly fitting helmet. It’s often mandatory to wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding. Ski shops are a good place to go to for advice and often offer helmet hire, so make sure you do the research and follow through!
Confidence is a huge part of learning to ski. Children as young as 3 years old can take lessons take place with qualified instructors in area designated for young children. I would recommend not waiting and watching them, as they can be easily distracted. Its fun and exciting, but also very tiring, so early nights might be needed for everyone!
There are so many thing on offer, if maybe you need some time away from the slopes or want to do things as a family in the day too. Sledge rides are really popular, as are swimming, snowshoeing or building a snowman. Who doesn’t love enjoying having a meal together as a family, that ends with the best snow angel making competition?
I do hope you enjoyed this post, I will be covering some of the essential skiing apparatus and clothing in another post, over on my travel blog We Blog Travel, here it is : Top Tips for a Family Ski Holiday.