Skiing with Young Children
Skiing with Young Children

Skiing with Young Children

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A skiing trip with small children can be a very stressful affair.


The logistics of getting children to and from their ski lessons can be a real challenge but get the basics right and the experience will be one of fun and magical memories. As all parents know; happy children means happy parents.


Here are a few of our top tips for ski trips with small children:


1. Book early.

If you are planning to ski during one of the peak weeks of Christmas, New Year, February half term or Easter, the best chalets get booked up very early, so don’t leave it too late.


We recommend booking at least 9 months before travel, ideally more. Feb half term and New Year weeks in particular will be mostly all booked 6 months before travel.


2. Check availability of nannies or kids ski school.

For peak weeks, the ski clubs and nannies do get fully booked up well in advance. Therefore, if this is crucial element for you, we recommend checking availability before you book your accommodation.


3. Have a driver service.

Walking anywhere or getting ski buses with tired, cold children can be a hard work, so best avoided if possible. But choosing a ski-in/ski-out chalet is not always the answer. Most ski-in/ski-out chalets require a degree of skiing ability to ski in or out. They could be on red runs, or runs which get icy at the end of the day, or need a bit of off-piste traversing, all of which will be unsuitable for under-4s or novice skiers.


The best option is to choose a chalet which has a driver service. That way you can be dropped off at the nursery slope with minimal fuss, and better still the driver will be on call to shuttle you back to the chalet or off to lunch afterwards. 


4. Choose a child-friendly resort.

Pick a resort which is child-friendly. Not all are. Best to choose a resort which has easy access to the children nursery area from the main ski area, so you can drop off, get a few hours of skiing under your belt and then quickly ski back to do the pick up. Best to avoid resorts where the main ski area is completely separate from the nursery ski area. Often the smaller, resorts are more child-friendly and the quieter slopes make for a more relaxed trip. 


5. Factor in time for other activities.

Don’t forget, for young children, it’s not all about the skiing. Kids love the magic of just being in the snow and the mountains, so make time to try some other fun activities like tobogganing, making snowmen, building an igloo or going for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.


6. Short transfers from the airport.

Transfer times can very considerably and typically range from around 1 hour to as much as 4 hours. So if you have young children in the group, choose a resort that is not too far from the airport to minimise time in the car.


7. Well-fitting equipment.

Spend time getting the ski equipment for your children that fits really well. If they are uncomfortable, they will hate it and the whole experience will be spoiled. 


8. Check your insurance.

Check your travel insurance covers you for ski injuries. Many don’t. Our advice: Get a Carré Neige from the ski lift pass office. This is a good medical insurance policy to cover you for the days you are skiing. Nearly all ski resorts offer this with the lift passes and the local hospitals and doctors will be familiar with it so you can avoid unnecessary paperwork delays should disaster strike.  


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