As a dad who loves spending time outside, I always crave adventure. Whether that’s the adventure that comes from a camping trip or trying something new, that doesn’t matter, just as long as my thirst for adventure is quenched.
I have always been a keen skier, but until recently had never thought about taking the boys with me. However, a few months ago I realized that they would most probably love skiing, so decided to book a family skiing trip.
With our trip only a few months away, both myself, my wife, and our boys are incredibly excited. And to ensure that our next adventure is as enjoyable as possible, I have spent a lot of time planning and preparing myself and the boys.
If you fancy taking your kids on their first skiing trip, here are a few tips and tricks that I have found helpful, in terms of preparation:
Pick a family friendly resort and accommodation
For me, the most important thing was to choose a resort that was family friendly. I knew I wanted to choose a resort that had a range of accommodation on offer, as well as lots of child-friendly facilities.
To find the ideal resort, have a look online and order a brochure for any resorts that you like the look of. As well as having a range of learner slopes, also look for resorts with facilities like pools and family restaurants.
Don’t book childcare
I am the type of parent who believes that when you take your children on holiday, you should spend time with them. I don’t agree with taking your kids on vacation and then leaving them with a sitter or in a creche for the week.
If you want your children to participate in your adventure and learn how to ski, don’t put them in a creche. Instead, book them skiing lessons.
Book an English-speaking instructor
While English-speaking skiing instructors can be quite expensive, it’s worth the additional cost. If you want your children to become safe, competent skiers, then you need to invest in them with skiing lessons.
Learning to ski is tricky enough, without a lack of communication. That’s why, if you are serious about your children learning to ski, an English-speaking instructor is a must.
Take your kids skiing at an indoor ski center
Before your trip, get your children ready to ski by taking them to an indoor skiing center to practice. It might not be the same as real skiing, but a little bit of practice is never a bad thing.
If you have an indoor skiing center near your home, you could even book your kids in for a short course. This is what I did for my boys, as I believe having an idea of the basics will help them enjoy their vacation more.
I love adventure, and for me, skiing is the ultimate vacation adventure. I am just so excited to share my love of skiing with my kids, which is why I have taken the time to ensure I am properly prepared.
As an experienced skier, I know that the key to skiing holiday success is planning. I also know that when traveling with kids, the destination you choose is one of the most important factors.