Top Tips for Your First Family Skiing Trip.

Skiing trips are a popular option among families and for good reason. For families who like to stay active and get outdoors, ski holidays are a great way to travel, see new places and have new experiences, while also getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. Family ski holidays are also a wonderful opportunity to spend time together and bond, away from the stresses of everyday life or the temptation of technology like TVs, games consoles and smartphones!

If you’re planning your first skiing trip as a family, here are some top tips to ensure it goes smoothly.

Choosing the Right Location

Choosing the right location is key when it comes to booking your first ski holiday. Some ski resorts and locations are more family-friendly than others so there are a few factors to consider. Transfer times from the airport are a major consideration, particularly if you have little ones who are likely to be tired, bored and restless. Aiming for a resort that’s no more than two hours can make this aspect of your trip feel more manageable and pleasant for everyone. You’ll also want to think about the accommodation options on offer and what will suit your family best, whether that’s a hotel, chalet, lodge or apartment.

If any of you are new to skiing, then a location with a great choice of beginner slopes is ideal so you can master the basics without feeling like you’re missing out.

What to Pack

Having the correct gear is important, and can, unfortunately, be expensive, but shopping around for deals and buying out of season can help. Winter boots, a ski jacket, trousers and gloves are essential, along with plenty of thin layers that your little ones can easily put on and take off as needed. When it comes to equipment like skis, boots and snowboards, you’re better off hiring it from the resort. Not only will this save you having to lug it around, but it also means you don’t need to worry about your kids growing out of it before your next trip.

Ski Schools

Many resorts have ski schools and kiddie clubs in order to keep everyone safe, happy and included. Do your research ahead of your trip so you can make the most of the services on offer when you arrive. If you and/or your children are new to skiing, it’s a good idea to spend some time on skis before your holiday, so you’ll feel more confident when hitting the slopes on your first day. A couple of trips to your local dry ski slope or indoor snow centre will help little ones get a feel for being on skis and make them excited about your upcoming trip.

Other Activities

Ski holidays aren’t just about the time you spend on the slopes. Find out what else is on offer at your resort, whether it’s dog-sledding, sledging or ice skating. You can also make the most of indoor facilities like the pool or spa or explore the local towns and villages. Après ski is a big part of skiing culture but isn’t always possible with kids in tow, so book other fun activities and excursions to fill your time, and seek out family-friendly restaurants and entertainment options for your evenings together. Don’t forget – some ski resorts offer creches or kids clubs to give grown-ups a break and youngsters the chance to make new friends and try new things.


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