Travelling with children can be tricky, but it can also be a lot of fun and a great way to expand their worlds. Children tend to have shorter attention spans, and if they enjoy a ski trip as children, they are more likely to enjoy it later in life as well. We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you and your family have the best ski trip possible.
In order for kids to have a good experience, they need to be able to enjoy themselves. A child’s tolerance for things like whipping winds and frigid temperatures is lower than that of adults, especially when it comes to trying a new activity. As new skiers, children enjoy themselves more on less extreme slopes with milder weather. So, while you’re planning your family ski trip, consider saving the intense trips for another time.
Bonus: smaller slopes and ski resorts are often more family friendly, less expensive, and closer to home than larger ones.
When you’re travelling with companions, especially with children, it’s best to book everything ahead of time so that you know the ski resort can accommodate you when you arrive. This is especially important during the peak ski season. Consider everything you’ll need: accommodations, ski passes, rental equipment, ski lessons, and insurance.
Even if your children have skied in the past, it can be helpful to sign them up for ski lessons for several reasons. First, they may not remember everything from the last time they took the class. Second, older kids might learn new and different things in ski class, including safety tactics and more adventurous techniques, especially if they have the basics down. And lastly, when your kids are in class, you can take photos and watch, or you can have some adult time.
When children are involved, it’s that much more important to have the right insurance. The last thing you need to worry about when you have children to care for is lost or damaged rental ski equipment, the cost of an emergency at home, or losing out on a family vacation because of an illness or injury.
Ski insurance can help you relax, because if you’ve covered all your bases, it will be there for you if something goes wrong.
On a ski vacation, you know that your kids will be outside in the cold and the snow, playing and skiing. Make sure they’re comfortable so they can enjoy themselves, and so can you. Dressing in layers, wearing warm clothes, and minimising the amount of exposed skin is the first step. Make sure that you have access to a first aid kit in case it’s needed.
Remember that if you’re skiing for a few days or for an entire week, your kids will probably not want to ski all the time, so don’t overdo it. Take breaks during the day for meals, hot cocoa, and indoor activities.
At some points during your ski trip, your kids either won’t want to ski, or they won’t be able to. During your flight, at bedtime, during meals, and during daytime ski breaks, it’s important to have something to keep your children entertained.
Reading, writing, drawing, and electronics are great ways to keep kids entertained during long flights or before bed. During the day, however, consider other activities available at the ski resort, or activities nearby. Skiing can be hard physically, and if your trip allows for it, other winter activities may be available as well.
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