Want to go skiing with your tribe but don’t know where to start? Family Traveller reader and mum-of-two Natasha Jones shares her tips
My husband and I became keen snowboarders around 19 years ago. We preferred snow over sun and a good ski trip would consist of getting the first and last lift of the day. Now, with two daughters, Ella (9) and Lily (8) our ski holidays are a little different, but still highly enjoyable.
Watching your children enjoy the slopes is highly rewarding and the younger they can start the better. But we have had many friends who have worried about taking younger children skiing, and they have been unsure of what type of ski holiday they should book. There are a number of options, and it will be highly dependent on your budget and preferences for the holiday.
Family ski specialists
Tour operators that specialise in family ski holidays will certainly give you peace of mind. Not only do they offer the most suitable accommodation and locations suited to those with children, but most will have a childcare operator on-site.
We would highly recommend Ski Famille, an award-winning operator with beautiful chalets and excellent childcare. When our children were very young, they made our ski holidays so much easier to manage. Their enthusiastic childcare team got to know our children well, helped us get them ready for ski school, and safely delivered them to and from ski school. We then had the option of extended childcare in the afternoon if we wanted to spend a full day on the slopes. The team would then provide high tea for children, give you time to safely tuck them into bed and then serve an adults-only sit down meal in the chalet. Perfect to share your day with your fellow skiing group.
These holidays can be costly, but if you have the budget, or can be flexible with when you travel and make the most of their late deals, they are well worth the money!
Package ski holidays
There are many tour operators that offer ski package deals and we would recommend picking one of their family friendly accommodation types. If you are travelling to Europe, these will mainly be chalet hotels. The beauty of chalet hotels is they are much larger than a normal chalet, with lots of facilities, room types and dining options. If the intimacy of socialising and dining with other guests is not for you, chalet hotels offer more choice.
With a package holiday you can still rest assured that all your transfers, lift passes, ski school and ski hire will all be organised for you, with the added benefit of childcare on site or at a nearby hotel.
When we became more experienced with travelling with our children, we also became more confident. We have booked a few holidays independently now, especially when we have wanted to stick to a tight budget. We’ve made some mistakes and learnt from our errors, but if you are a bit of an adventurer, this can make your trip more exciting!
If you are considering booking this type of ski holiday, there are a few things to bear in mind:
About the author
Natasha Jones lives in rural Worcestershire with her husband and their two daughters, aged eight and nine. Natasha and her husband have always been keen travellers and are eager for their kids to experience the enjoyment of travelling too. They have a special love of camping and enjoy many weekends away in their campervan, with the family’s two dogs.
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