Top Ten Ski Tips for Families
Skiing can bring such enjoyment for the whole family and with a little preparation in advance your children can learn to love the whole experience and probably end up being keener than you are to hit the slopes!
For first time skiers, it is a good idea to book a taster session at your nearby dry slope or snowdome before you go. This will really help with their confidence when they hit the real white stuff!
Ski socks are crucial and can be uncomfortable if you wear the wrong type. Buy knee-high non-ribbed socks which will not wrinkle inside the boot causing blisters.
3. Child-friendly Resorts
It is a good idea to choose a resort based on the childcare or instruction that you need for your kids. Many operators offer specific packages for this, plus great discounts on accommodation and ski packs. Some suggestions are: La Plagne, La Rosiere, Les Arcs, St Anton, Obergurgl, Gressoney, Meribel , Tignes, Val d'Isere, Les Gets, Courchevel and Alpe d'Huez.
4. Proper Clothing
Get the right kit before you go. Try to borrow ski trousers / salopettes and jackets from family and friends or hire ski clothing. If you prefer to buy, check out some of the local supermarkets and other stores for some great quality clothing and bargains. Think layers for children as this will keep them much warmer and are easy to remove if they get too hot. Happy children are warm children!
Be positive about the whole learning experience. If you are anxious they will pick up on this and be nervous, but if you are encouraging and positive they will respond well and really enjoy the whole adventure. Remember, they learn more when they are having fun!
Ski gloves or mittens are essential. Mittens tend to be warmer and are much easier to put on!
Make sure that you take sunglasses for sunny days and goggles for poor visibility. It is very important to protect their eyes even from a very early age. The sun reflecting off the snow is brighter than you might think.
A ski helmet is almost compulsory nowadays and will guard your little ones from any knocks. These can be hired at resorts themselves.
9. Lift Passes
Keep your child’s lift pass in a pocket of their jacket and don’t use this pocket for anything else all week. This should prevent them from losing it and also equally as frustrating, leaving it behind at your accommodation when you get to your first lift of the day!
10. Pocket Money
Give your children some money for a hot or cold drink in case they stop for a quick break with their instructor.
And finally... don’t forget your camera to save some of those unforgettable moments!