I’ve been skiing since I was 3 years old. My first family ski holiday was in SunValley, ID. I never really appreciated how much effort it took my parents to take me and my two older siblings skiing on our family holiday each year.
My father used to carry five pairs of skis (my mother’s as well!) and we would all carry our poles, just to make it seem like we were all in this together. I recently asked my mother why they took us skiing: now that I have two little children, I know that some parts of it are not that fun. She told me that it was an investment in our future – something that we could do socially with friends. And you know, now that I think of it, we were in ski school all day. So that must have been fun for them. And it was a good investment: now I can ski with my friends while my kids are in ski school.
On a serious note, you should put your kids in ski school because that’s how they learn best. New skiers need a lot of patience and technical instruction.
What to Pack
When taking kids skiing, the most important point is to be prepared: make a list! Make sure you have everything, because once you’re at the resort, the prices are going to creep up for the little things that you forgot.
Here’s my list:
- Long Underwear (top & bottom)
- Ski socks (not the thick kind anymore – thin, wicking socks)
- Second layer (turtleneck, long sleeve shirt)
- Third layer (sweater, fleece or wool)
- Ski pants
- Ski jacket
- Neck warmer (not a scarf – more like a tube top for your neck)
- Goggles (don’t even think about sun glasses unless it’s Spring)
- Sunblock & Lip Balm
- Helmet – yes: it’s time for everyone to wear helmets, no matter how good a skier you are
- Skis, boots, poles
This is not brain surgery, but if you are packing for so many people, it can get overwhelming.
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