A ski trip is one of the best ways your family can enjoy the winter months together. Sometimes as adults our inclination is to be inside by a warm fire on a snowy afternoon, but kids will always want to be outside, enjoying every minute, especially when there is a layer of snow covering the ground. Winter activity holidays for families can be a special time to bond while enjoying everything winter has to offer. Packing doesn’t have to be an arduous task but can start with a simple checklist to ensure a successful ski trip, even when it is your very first time. |
Most winter activity holidays for families require packing some essential clothing, including ski jackets and snow pants that are both warm and waterproof and one-piece snowsuits for the little kids. Ski mitts that are warm and waterproof (mittens are generally warmer than gloves) are also a necessity, as is a good pair of ski goggles. You will want to dress your kids in a couple of layers, including a base of a thermal long-sleeved top and trousers and a second top and bottom layer of fleece. Layers are great because they can be adjusted according to warmth, removing a layer if body temperatures get too toasty. Don’t forget ski socks to keep moisture away from the skin so that your child’s stayfeet dry (bring an extra pair), and a balaclava that covers the head and neck to protect against harsh wind.
If you are planning an overnight ski trip, pack extra trousers, sweaters, t-shirts, undergarments, socks and pyjamas. A swimsuit may also come in handy in the event you and your children have the opportunity to unwind in a hot tub at the end of the day!
Even during winter activity holidays for families a high SPF sunscreen and lip balm are necessary to keep young, tender skin and lips protected from the effects of wind and sun. Bring children’s sunglasses to wear while they are playing outside away from the slopes – goggles are best when they’re actually skiing, and pack a camera or use your phone to take photos of your family swooshing down the slopes or trying their skill on the bunny hill.
If this is your first family ski trip, renting your equipment, including skis, ski boots and poles, will make the most sense. You may want to consider investing in your own helmets if you plan to ski a couple of times each season. However, if have been skiing as a family a number of times already and prefer to bring your own equipment, equip your vehicle with a ski rack or research the particular requirements (and cost) of transporting your equipment on the airline you have booked.
Planning a ski trip with your kids can be one of the greatest winter activity holidays for families you will ever experience. Stepping out onto the slopes together, no matter the skill level, will have you enjoying the day in the best way possible. Go once, and as for many a family, a ski trip just may become a regular tradition.
Richard Edwards is the Managing Director of Summit & Blue, an adventure holiday company offering independently crafted activity holidays for families to exciting destinations around the world, including France, Italy, Portugal, the USA and Canada. With unique itineraries and exciting activities like biking, hiking, white water rafting and canoeing, we create holidays for those looking for an experience a little more off the beaten track.
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