Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tips for Planning a Family Ski Trip

As the weather gets chillier and the school holidays approach, lots of families are excitedly looking forward to hitting the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding. Whether you’re a lifelong skier and are looking forward to teaching your kids for the first time, or you’re all beginners excited to play in the snow, it’s great fun for all. We all know that travelling with kids can be challenging, especially when they’re young - so here’s some tips for a fuss-free holiday.

Choose The Right Resort

There are so many Ski resorts all over Europe and America that it pays to choose the right one -there’s a resort for every type of holiday. If your kids are grown-ups, it might be nice to go to a resort with some nightlife, like Verbier, where they can go out for some apr├ęs-ski drinks. For young children, it’s best to choose a family resort, with kids’ snow schools so they can learn at a comfortable rate. La Rosiere or Alpe D’Huez, in France, both offer great variety activities for families to keep everybody happy. If you’re not sure where to start, or simply want a change from last year, talk to Iglu Ski’s family specialists, who have plenty of personal experience to draw from.

Book In Advance

Any parent knows that spontaneity is difficult to achieve with young kids, so it really pays to book everything in advance. Once you’ve chosen your resort, book your hotel room and meals so that you don’t have to worry about what to do once you’ve arrived. If travelling in the school holidays, it’s advisable to book ski school lessons in advance too - they fill up pretty quickly! Skiing holidays differ from other types of family holiday in terms of preparation, so be sure to get your order your European Health Insurance Cards and get specialist travel insurance sorted once your bookings are all confirmed, just in case of any accidents.

Don’t Over-Exert Yourself

When you first arrive at the resort, there’s a fair chance you’ll be overwhelmed with things to do and try to make the most of everything. If you’ve got teens or grown-up kids, you can be a little more relaxed and everyone can do their own thing at their own pace. For little ones, be wary not to over-exert yourselves during the day - if someone’s tired, feel free to have a rest. You are on holiday, after all. A rest day or two in the middle of a long trip can be really beneficial for everyone, keeping tantrums at bay.

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