How To Plan An Effective Skiing Holiday With Kids

Posted by: 4realAdmin on February 20th, 2014

For many keen skiers who become parents, the thought of returning to the slopes with kids brings up all kinds of concerns. Will they enjoy the experience? Will I find any time to ski for myself? What if they have a tantrum on the chairlifts? A bit of planning, however, and the right choice of resort can make all the difference. Although not without its challenges, family holidays on the slopes can be some of the most rewarding, happy times a family can have. Enjoying the clean air and exhilaration of skiing, boarding, and tobogganing, you’ll watch your children broaden their range of experiences and learn new skills.


Which Resorts?


When it comes to choosing a resort, there are several factors at play. Is there a decent ski school? What’s the range of nursery slopes and how far away are those from the main lift system? Are there good child care options or alternative activities should the weather conditions prove too difficult to get them out on the snow. All of this has to be taken into account. To my mind, France remains, hands down, the best place to take your kids skiing. The Savoyard village of Morillon, is one great example, as well as Gréolières Les Neiges in Provence, and Aussois in the Maurienne Valley. All these options combine affordable prices, wonderful mountain scenery, and best of all a safe, nurturing atmosphere to get your kids skiing.


Child Friendly Chalets


Travelling with young children and especially babies can be demanding. Several holiday operators, however, have started to offer ski chalets focussed on exactly this: with dedicated childcare, delicious child-friendly food, and even baby hampers for parents to take onto the pistes containing essentials like nappies, wet wipes and plenty of toys. If you’re keen to ski Les Trois Vallees, the largest ski area in the world, we recommend La Tania, just a few miles from popular Courchevel. La Tania offers the bucolic atmosphere of an old French village, and a range of chalets with excellent facilities for children. Amongst those are private nanny services like Snow Angel, a wonderful kindergarten known as La Maison des Enfants, and if you’re kids are four months or older Garderie Creche La Tania. For those first faltering steps on the snow, Club Piou Piou offers a fun, supportive ski school to do just that.


Checklist before your book a family skiing holiday


(1)    Is your child ready for skiing? Most mountain families start their kids age 3 to 4, initially on bunny hills between a parents legs.

(2)    Get the right Togs – Children feel the cold a great deal, but lack the communication skills to explain if they’re below temperature. Err on the side of caution and invest in high quality ski wear from winter sports shops near you. Gloves, hats, googles and socks are a must.

(3)    Safety – Young children have softer skulls than adults, so hire or buy a properly designed helmet to keep them from injury. Well-fitting skis and boots are a further necessity: ask a professional to check the binding adjustments.


Image credit; Scott Catron from Sandy, Utah, USA CC-ASA-2.0

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