Thousands of lucky British children will be going skiing for the first time at half term. For their parents it will be a brilliant break – but only if planned properly. To help you plan and organise your debut on the slopes, here are our expert top tips for families. Find more advice on family skiing here.
Half Term Skiing Top Tips
1. Don’t waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they’ll outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops.
2. Sew name tags on all your children’s ski wear. There’s then a chance they’ll come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes.
3. If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won’t get stuck in the snow.
4. Pack sun block sticks not sprays. Then you won’t have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on.
5. Don’t pack any best clothes. They’re wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats.
6. If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. Then you won’t have to queue to share the only one in the chalet.
7. Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol would make in your luggage. So take sachets instead.
8. If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage – they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all.
9. Don’t forget slippers
10. If there’s a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There’s then less chance of a windy road making your children sick.
11. Write you mobile number on a child’s hand or arm if they’re going to ski school on their own.
12. Don’t be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them.
13. Invest in a set of walkie talkies. Then if you get separated on the slopes you can call each other.
14. Three rigid rules for all the family – never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol.
15. Take snacks and entertainment for the plane and coach transfer to resort. As half term is one of the busiest weeks of the season, delays are likely.