You may wonder what you’re letting yourself in for when you book your first family skiing holiday, but it need not be all drama and tantrums. These useful tips will help you save some time and money and get your ski trip off to the best possible start, and as parents we all know, a good start certainly is half the battle.
Ski during off peak periods
Try to travel outside school holidays and you could get some great deals on kid’s lessons and other activities. Most kids programs will be glad of the business during a time when their custom is limited and will offer some good discounts. If you are tied to travel during school holidays then the Easter break is usually the most affordable time to travel.
Stay close to the slopes
Choose a good location with easy access to the lifts. A 15 min walk to the lifts might not seem like much but when you are carrying an entire family’s gear through the snow you may have serious regrets. Accommodation with ski in ski out access would be the ideal solution but may cost a bit more.
Book kids programs before you travel
Book all kids ski-lessons and activities in advance. This includes any outings or non-skiing related activities, there’s nothing that will ruin a good holiday buzz more than a disappointed child
Take it easy
Skiing is strenuous exercise so don’t expect too much from the little ones. They will, of course, tire easily so take plenty of breaks on piste. If you are feeling the burn then you can be sure your 8 year old is also feeling it too.
Plan alternative activities
We all know from experience that kids bore easily. Make sure the ski resort offers plenty of activities to keep them busy when your day’s skiing is done. Bowling alleys, swimming pools, even DVD collections will be a great distraction on your trip.
Always wear sun block
A common mistake among first time skiers is to forget sunblock when the day is overcast. Your kids should always have a high factor sunblock on their skin no matter what the weather is like.
Book on the Phone
While booking online is generally a fine idea – UK ski holiday specialists Interactive Resorts actually advises customers to pick up the phone and to call them – as websites are not always up to date with the latest offers, due to being updated in cycles.
Bring your own essentials
It’s easy to go without something if you travel alone but when travelling with kids you just can’t leave anything to chance. Pack everything you think you’ll need as there’s always the chance you won’t find it in the resort supermarket.
Get fitted the night before
Organize rental the night before you intend to ski to avoid packed rental stores in the morning. Fitting for boots and gear is time consuming for one person, imagine what it’s like for a family of four or five.
You should have some sort of contingency plan should your child get lost, a local landmark or building is a good place to meet should this happen. It’s also a very good idea to teach your child the name of your hotel and room number, you can even attach these details to a tag on their clothing.
A family skiing holiday may seem like a stress filled road to a nervous breakdown but by following these helpful tips it can easily become the trip of a lifetime.
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