In most parts of the world, it’s still ski season (except for you lucky buggers in the Southern hemisphere enjoying beach time). For many families, ski vacations are a pure joy, but for me they were always quite daunting. All that gear, sub-zero temperatures, and zooming down icy slopes on a pair of wooden planks always felt a little counter-intuitive, and well, masochistic. Our move to London meant half-term was always spent on the slopes and I had no choice but to get with the program, so to speak. Here are my tips for planning successful trips, for all you family ski vacation virgins like me.
Tips to Help you Plan a Ski Trip
- Start the Kids Early: Anyone who has been on bunny slopes at the age of 35 and had toddlers putting them to shame will agree that skiing is a sport best learned when young. Children’s centers of gravity are closer to the ground and they are more fearless which means that spills are less serious and have fewer lasting psychological implications!
- Enroll in Ski School: Goes with the above. Unless either you or your spouse is an expert skier, it’s worth it to enroll the kids in a few days of ski school to get their foundations right. Added bonus: Mom and dad get a few hours to hit the (bunny?) slopes themselves.
- Dress Appropriately: Ski gear is clunky and expensive, but it’s vital to both enjoying the day and not getting sick. Thermals, ski pants or a suit, ski jackets, gloves, helmets, and goggles are all essential parts of the ski getup. You can rent some of these with the skis but if you are regular skiers, you may as well invest in your own. Oh, and don’t forget to check out ski fashion, it’s über chic and may make trudging around in the slush worth it!
- Enjoy Non-Skiing Activities: At many of the top ski resorts
of the world, the après-ski scene is just as important as the thickness of the ice on the slopes. For kids there is snowballing and hot chocolate while adults can enjoy also hot tubs and innovative winter cocktails. A little something for everyone!
- Budget Appropriately: Ski vacations are not cheap, when you factor in hotels, ski lifts, and gear (bought or rented). Budget for your trip appropriately so you are not taken by surprise and give up skiing altogether!
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