When planning a winter ski break for you and your teenagers, finding suitable gear, resorts and après-ski entertainment is quite the challenge. Here are a few tips to make your time spent skiing in the Alps a true success. |
Skiing in the Alps is the perfect winter holiday. Unlike cross-continental snow destinations which require long, indirect flights and months of planning, the Alps are easily accessible via a short plane journey from London airports – and without the time difference, you won’t lose a day’s worth of holiday!
Gear: Balancing Fashion and Safety
Though it’s essential for your older children to stay warm and dry, remember they like to look good. With a wide range of colours and designs available, outfits can be bought according to their style preference. To keep them safe, find a helmet that they like, or a plain one they can tag, and they’ll look so cool they’ll forget its original purpose. Goggles have also become trendy so your teens shouldn’t resist wearing them. If they do, ask a young instructor to have a quick word. They’ll listen to his/her advice.
To really get in their good books, allow your children to record their experience. The Go-Pro is the best and safest way to capture the thrill of skiing in the Alps. They’ll love sharing it on social media and impressing all their friends.
Choosing a Resort
Avoriaz, France, is always a hit with teens. It features 650km of pistes, as well as five snowparks and a super-pipe. The resort has a British ski-school that makes skiing in the Alps fun. With slopes for all levels and off-pistes, they’ll perfect their technique in no time. Once their confidence is up, they can practice tricks on the snowpark’s boardcrosses, jumps and woops.
Engelberg, Switzerland, is also a great choice. There are many family-friendly hotels with free-wifi. Engelberg has 12 kilometres runs and 2000 metre drops, perfect for practicing. The local ski school also offers ski lessons in the English language. Best of all, Engelberg features Sliding Park’s snow tubing run and sliding slopes, as well as snowXpark’s electric powered snow-vehicles for adrenaline-seekers older than 10.
Après-Ski for the Whole Family
Le Chapka, an après-ski restaurant and bar in Morzine, Avoriaz, is the perfect place to wind down after a day spent skiing in the Alps. With a varied menu, pool tables in the back and live bands playing, you’re in for a great night of family fun.
If you choose to stay in Engelberg, head over to Titlis Talstation for a great après-ski ambiance at the Chalet. With live-acts and a DJ on every night, you can enjoy great music while sharing a delicious fondu.
How to Get There
Getting to the Alps in hassle-free thanks to Shuttle Direct’s transfers. Fly direct to Geneva from London with EasyJet, British or Swiss Airways for £60-90. A friendly driver will meet you and safely take you to Avoriaz in 1h45 or to Engelberg in less than 3.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct has an easy online booking system with a guaranteed fixed low price. This winter enjoy a fast and convenient transfer from the airport terminal to your winter adventures. Your skiing equipment will even be transported for free!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re heading off to go skiing in the Alps, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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