Can you think of a better way to spend a winter break than hitting the slopes with your family? Imagine enjoying sunny days together in the mountains. Or maybe you’re planning a half-term trip?
If an Alps escape is on the cards and you’re skiing with kids, planning and organisation is a must, whether it’s the first time skiing with your children, or the tenth. From packing and travelling, equipment and ski schools, stay tuned for some invaluable tips when skiing with kids!
Safety First: Safety Essentials!
Skiing with your kids is exhilarating, but safety should always come first when skiing with young children. Slopes can be tricky – even if you’re as cautious as possible, other skiers might not be.
Here’s a list of safety tips and ski gear to consider for kids:
- Helmets aren’t optional – they’re a must. Protect those young heads on the slopes
- Don’t skimp on protection. Invest in knee and elbow pads, and padded ski shorts When the inevitable slips happen, these will be lifesavers
- Young eyes need shielding too. Equip your kids with ski goggles. Not only do they shield against snow glare, but they also keep the chilly wind at bay
Comfort Second: Comfortable Clothing
Even if you’re skiing with kids, your goal remains – to spend as much time on the slopes as possible! So, it’s worth investing in good quality children’s ski clothes.
While safety is crucial, comfort is key to keeping everyone happy on the mountain.
- Invest in quality ski jackets and pants that are insulated, waterproof, and windproof. Don’t compromise on warmth or protection
- Consider one-piece ski suits for young children. They’re not just cosy; they’re practical, especially when wrangling little ones
- Layer up. Weather can change rapidly in the mountains, so pack thermal underwear, insulating fleece, and an extra sweater or cardigan
- Think WARMTH: thermal underwear, insulating fleece, extra sweater or cardigan
And never save on children skiing socks! Quality thermal performance socks will dry quickly and keep the little feet warm and cosy.
Proper Ski Equipment
Choosing the right ski equipment can make or break your skiing experience with kids.
- Rent ski equipment that fits your child properly. Kids grow fast, so don’t rely on the measurements you took last ski season – or guesstimating from their shoe size. The last thing you want are ski boots that are too tight or too loose.
- Opt for a reputable ski rental shop. Seek advice from knowledgeable staff who can recommend the right gear for your child’s skill level and size.
- Take advantage of deals like kids ski for free with adult rentals. Saving on equipment means more money for hot cocoa breaks – or a pint for the mums and dads!
With the right gear in hand – or on foot – your kids will be ready to tackle the slopes safely and confidently.
Handle Luggage Wisely
Going skiing with kids means lots of luggage. After you’ve become a pro at folding and packing, always remember and count how many luggage items you have.
- Use matching badges or tags for all your bags. This simple step will make it easier to identify your belongings amidst the sea of ski gear.
- Consider booking a spacious private airport transfer. Choose a vehicle with ample room to accommodate your family and all your equipment comfortably.
- Pack a sled for added convenience. It’s a practical way to transport gear to and from the slopes, and it doubles as entertainment for the kids.
Streamlining your luggage logistics ensures you can focus on making memories on the mountain rather than wrestling with bags.
Ski Transfers Made Easy
Making the journey to your ski resort hassle-free sets the tone for a fantastic trip with your kids.
- Pack snacks and entertainment for the ride. Keep hunger and boredom at bay with a stash of goodies and activities to keep the kids occupied
- Request a quick pit stop en route. Letting your kids stretch their legs and burn off some energy can make a long journey more manageable for everyone
- Choose a ski resort close to the airport. Minimising travel time means less time on the road, more time on the slopes. Some of the shortest popular transfer routes are:
- Geneva to Chamonix transfers – 1hr
- Geneva to Flaine ski transfers – 1hr 15m
- Ski transfers from Munich Airport to Söll – 1hr 25m
- Geneva to Morzine ski transfers – 1hr 30m
- Chambery Airport to Courchevel transfers – 1 hour 30 minutes
- Ski transfers from Zurich Airport to Andermatt – 1hr 40m
- Chambery to Megeve transfers – 1 hour 40 minutes
- Grenoble to Les Deux Alpes transfers – 1hr 55m
Check out our extensive list of ski resorts near Geneva, or not flying into Geneva Airport? No problem! We serve all major European Airports, or choose your Alps ski resorts first, and work from there.
Efficient ski transfers pave the way for a smooth start to your family skiing adventure.
Embracing Ski School Benefits
If it’s your child’s first time, or they’re still learning to ski, enrolling your kids in ski school will enhance their experience and give you some valuable time on the slopes or hit the black runs!
- Expert instruction awaits. Ski schools offer trained ski instructors who can teach your kids the basics of skiing with patience and expertise
- Learning through playing in the snow. Ski school programs often incorporate fun and games, making the learning process enjoyable for kids of all ages
- Safety first. Each ski lesson begins with essential safety rules, ensuring your kids understand – and realise the importance of – how to navigate the slopes safely
Attending a ski school isn’t just about skill-building; it’s an opportunity for your kids to gain confidence and independence on the mountain, and maybe for mum and dad to have a quick break.
Maximising Fun on the Slopes
A family ski holiday is about keeping the fun alive on the slopes, ensuring your adventure is memorable and enjoyable for all, especially the little ones.
- Get creative with games. Keep the excitement going by inventing games like scavenger hunts or snowball target practice
- Treasure family time. Cherish every moment together in the snow, whether it’s building snowmen, taking scenic breaks, or capturing memories with photos
Additionally, explore off-slope family friendly activities:
- Embrace the thrill of sledding down gentle hills
- Experience the magic of a horse-drawn sleigh ride through snowy landscapes
- Glide on ice skates at a local rink
Diversifying your family’s ski experience with these off-slope activities adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your winter getaway.
Preparing for Apres-Ski Relaxation
After a day of skiing, it’s essential to unwind and recharge for the next day’s excitement.
- Choose cosy accommodations. Opt for ski chalets or hotels that offer amenities such as hot tubs or fireplaces for ultimate relaxation
- Plan apres-ski activities. Whether it’s sipping hot cocoa or indulging in a family board game night, having a post-ski routine adds to the overall enjoyment of your trip
- Prioritise rest and recovery. Ensure everyone gets enough sleep to rejuvenate for another day of fun on the slopes
By prioritising relaxation and downtime, you’ll ensure your family’s skiing experience is both thrilling and rejuvenating.
All that being said, you’re skiing with children, don’t forget the most important – have fun!
Start planning your trip today, ready to create unforgettable memories on the slopes with your children! Share your favourite skiing tips in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more family travel inspiration and exclusive offers.