It might feel like a skiing holiday is incompatible with the needs of an infant. Or that it’ll cost a fortune in special equipment and bespoke, child-friendly resorts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not only possible, but actively enjoyable to take a baby on a skiing trip. And crucially, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. All it takes is a bit of forward planning. |
Where and When
Choosing a resort in Europe allows for warmer weather and gentler conditions, especially if you opt to go in late season (March-April). Being closer to home, European destinations also take some of the stress out of travel. Shorter flights are a godsend – just check with your airline about excess baggage. Alternatively, why not skip the plane altogether? Travelling to Europe by train or car can often result in low-cost, straightforward journeys, and you’ll be sure to encounter some spectacular scenery along the way.
The Perfect Resort
La Tania in Courchevel is the ideal resort for a young family. Think Narnia, but with all the security and comfort of home. Totally pedestrianized, this small village is equipped with ski shops, a tourist office, supermarket, post office and cash point. There’s also a free bus service around the village. We’re not talking about a remote mountain in the Rockies here!
For older children, there are plenty of ski schools, and the irresistible attraction of sledging. Scenic trails wind their way through spruce trees, providing ample opportunity for gentle strolls with the baby.
Top Tip: Bring a carrier backpack or sling – you’ll be able to take the baby along no problem.
Catering and Childcare
Few things are as relaxing as a fire-lit evening in the mountains after a good day’s skiing – the glitter of snow outside, a hearty dinner, and a glass of wonderful French wine. If you think this is impossible with a baby in tow, then think again. The secret is to opt for a catered chalet – no shopping, cooking or washing-up – and to take advantage of La Tania’s team of professional and qualified childcare providers. They’ll be flexible enough to work around your own routine, so you can leave your child in safe hands. Start hitting those slopes!
Peace of Mind on the Mountain
Don’t underestimate a good onesie. Wrapped up in a snowsuit, your baby will be safe against the cold. The unique conditions of ski slopes also mean sun-cream and wraparound goggles or sunglasses with 100% UV protection are essential. (Remember, adults need these too – it’s vital to protect your eyes against the glare.)
Lastly, the importance of investing in ski travel insurance can’t be emphasised enough. Whenever you plan to ski, travel insurance is a crucial step. Get this sorted and you’ll be able to enjoy all the glories of life in the mountains as a family.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual, family, business and ski travel insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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