5 tips for family ski holidays

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it is the time of year when many families hit the slopes and head off for a ski holiday. It isn’t something that I have done previously, but it is something that is on our bucket list. I would love to learn to ski, and love the idea of a holiday on the slopes! My kiddos all love the idea of heading off for a ski trip – well, apart from my eldest who really doesn’t do snow – we’d have to ensure there was a good cafe she could sit with a hot chocolate and her book while we were skiing. Organising a family holiday takes a lot of areful planning to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and that everybody is catered for and happy!

I’ve been doing a little bit of research into family ski holidays, and these are the tips that I have picked up so far!

Research your resort

You want a resort that’s not too high an altitude {kiddos and altitude sickness are not a good mix}, plus one that doesn’t have a huge transfer time from the airport. Choosing a chalet is a good idea for families – most offer extras such as baby-listening, nursery and evening babysitting. Also, it is wise to ensure your chalet is close to the nursery slopes, the lifts and ski school.

* Think tuition

If you’ve never skied before, it is wise to look for specific beginner ski holidays – with slopes geared to complete beginners, as well as tailored tuition and coaching to get you off to a flying start.

* Prebook everything

If you don’t want to be disappointed, be sure to pre-book lift passes, lessons and ski/snowboard hire – it also means you avoid long queues on the first day of your holiday!

* Rent rather than buy

Especially for children, who grow so fast, it is a more sensible idea to hire or borrow the ski kit your children will need to save having to repurchase it every year.

* What other activities are available

A family ski holiday is more than having fun skiing, there are also many other activities to do in ski resorts. Whether you want a day off the slopes or just something to do in the afternoon once you have finished skiing, look at what other activities the resort has on offer.

Have you been on a family skiing holiday before? What was your experience? I would love to hear any tips that you may have!

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