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If you prefer the snow to sunshine, and thrill-seeking instead of lying by a beach then you might want to consider a skiing holiday as your next family holiday.
If you haven’t skied before, it can be quite daunting. There is a lot of things to consider; lots of kit you’ll need to buy or rent, and which skiing resort to choose.
With different interests and age groups to please, it can be difficult to keep everyone happy but if you follow these tips before choosing your family ski destination, you’ll have all the peace of mind you need to enjoy some action on the slopes. After all, it’s your holiday too!
Selecting a family-friendly ski resort
Some ski resorts are more family-friendly than others, especially if you’re travelling with young children as opposed to older ones. For example, Verbier in Switzerland and Méribel in France are among the highest-rated ski resorts for families with activities for all ages both on and off the slopes.
Of course, what you and your family want from a ski resort might be different from others and the usual ‘family-friendly’ label so be sure to do your own research and read plenty of reviews to help you make the right choice.
Consider somewhere closer to home
If you’ve always dreamt of a ski holiday in the US or hitting the slopes in Japan, then go for it. That said, keep in mind that you’ll be looking at some long flights to some of these destinations and then you’ve got to travel to the resort itself.
If you’ve got young children, we don’t need to tell you how stressful this could end up being, not to mention that you’ll probably spend the first day or so too tired to get out on the slopes.
Luckily, Europe has some of the world’s best ski resorts all within a relatively close distance. There are plenty of ski resorts in France which means you could be on the slopes within half a day rather than a day and a half. Shorter trips take less out of you.
There’s less to go wrong, and of course, they tend to be cheaper too!
Consider childcare options
As we all know, when young kids are involved, nothing is guaranteed. It could go really well; the might fall in love with the slopes and thoroughly every minute of their holiday, or get bored after a day and decide they want to do something else.
There are two things you need in this scenario: a good selection of non-skiing activities for youngsters and of course, reliable on-site childcare services.
If the little ones decide they’re not putting their skis on today, you want to be confident that you can leave them with professionals. Before you go, check out what is offered, make sure that the childcare provision is staffed by qualified practitioners and ask about the ratio of carers to children. That way, you can be confident your child gets the attention and supervision they need.
Think beyond the slopes
Of course, young kids aren’t the only ones who might need a break from skiing so it’s definitely worth looking into additional activities for all age groups – yourself included.
You don’t want to pull a muscle on the first day and sit inside a chalet, bored.
If you fancy a skiing holiday then there’s really no reason you can’t do it as a family. All the reviews you’ll ever need to make a decision are there waiting for you, so make sure you know what you’re looking for and what your priorities are, and go ahead and book!
If a long trip is going to be too much for your youngsters, look a little closer to home.
If you’re worried they might not take to skiing, make sure you have enough non-skiing activities and childcare to keep them happy while you’re on the slopes.
And, most importantly, enjoy it!
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