Our Top 10 Tips for a Successful Family Ski Holiday
The Directors of Venture Ski have been skiing with our children for over 20 years now, so we thought we’d share with you our 10 top tips for making the most of your family ski holiday. Ski holidays with children can be stressful – here’s how to take the stress out and ensure that everyone has a holiday to remember.
1. Time for Ski lessons
Now is the time, if you feel so inclined, to invest in ski lessons. If you can afford to, go private – you’ll not believe how fast they’ll improve in one week.
2. Make sure their lesson groups are of the same ability
Sibling (or best friend) rivalry is a good thing for younger skiers when taking lessons however, remember that children must be in groups of the same ability. It’s not possible to put them together because they are friends or siblings if one is 5 years old and the other eight, because one will advance much faster than the other and the instructor will not be able to keep them together safely on the slopes.
3. Helmets are mandatory – but can be hired on holiday
It is mandatory to wear a ski helmet (you should wear one too), but they can be hired from the local ski shop. Get a helmet with a strap at the back to keep the ski goggles attached – forget sunglasses, they’ll lose them.
4. Turn off the Wifi
Spending time with your children on holiday is essential. Ask the Chalet Host to turn off the chalet wifi. Spend time playing games, sledging, swimming or treating them to a warm hot tub or a roaring fire with hot chocolate. Ask your Chalet Host to help you with any extras you might need to make the adventure more fun.
5. Sledging slopes near your chalet = Après ski for you
Choose a chalet with a sledging slope nearby, so you can have an après ski tipple in the bar whilst the children burn off their apparently limitless energy. Check out our Black Diamond Bar for live après ski music with a sledging hill next to the bar terrace.
6. Choose somewhere with additional activities
A swimming pool is also very popular as an after ski activity, so choose somewhere with good facilities for activities between skiing. You may be falling asleep at the dinner table after a long day on the slopes, but your children might be raring to go again.
7. Hiring a car or getting a taxi?
If you are hiring a car or getting a taxi, you should think about investing in an inflatable in-car booster seat. They can be bought from Argos for £20 and are a whole lot easier than travelling with a normal booster seat.
8. Dinner Times – Entire Family or Adult?
Occasionally, you may wish for your children to dine earlier than you and you may want to find things for them to do so you can enjoy a quiet meal. Make sure you know in advance what the situation is with WiFi so they can play games or watch a show. And don’t forget socket adaptors.
9. Avoid peak season weeks
Avoid peak weeks if at all possible, if you can’t, then travel Friday to Friday or Sunday to Sunday and avoid the airport crush and road chaos.
10. Sun cream is a must. Even in the snow.
Sun cream is important on the slopes, just like eye wear. The sun will burn, so apply it even if there is cloud.