If you’re considering hitting the slopes with your family for the first time, you might not be sure about how to choose the best resort from the long list of ski holiday deals available online. |
Here are our top five tips for picking a family-friendly ski holiday deal and making the most of your trip.
Check for Beginner Runs
If you’re travelling with young kids who are new to skiing, you’re going to want to make sure that there will be slopes appropriate for their level. Resorts in Europe classify slopes slightly differently than those in North America. The easiest European pistes to tackle are green, the moderate slopes are blue, the intermediate are red, and the expert ones are classified as black. Meanwhile, in North America, green is easy, blue is intermediate, and expert is black.
Depending on where you’re travelling to, it might be useful to search for green or blue runs before you book. You can usually find piste maps online.
Search for Ski Schools
Another essential element of successful (and safe) beginners’ skiing holidays is finding English-speaking instructors. A variety of class sizes and timetables may be on offer; you can save money by booking into a larger group, or spend a little more for your family to have the dedicated attention of an instructor. Either way, young skiers tend to find it comforting to have a teacher’s friendly face throughout the trip. The instructor will be able to show them the ropes and get you all gliding confidently down the slopes.
Rent Equipment with Ski Holiday Deals
It will probably be simpler and more affordable to rent skis instead of buying and taking your own. Look up where the rental shop is in the resort and how far away it is from both your accommodation and the runs.
Arranging where you can rent equipment from in advance can save you time and stress – but pre-booking online can save you money, too. If you spend some time searching online, you might be able to find promo codes for renting equipment, or special deals for reserving skis ahead of time.
Look for Off-Piste Activities
In addition to days filled with snow and skiing, you will find that you have a fair amount of downtime in the evenings. Other times, the kids might just need a break from skiing. Choosing a resort that has a range of alternative family-friendly activities is highly recommended. Plenty of resorts have ice rinks, sledges, swimming pools and toboggan runs for you to try out.
Choose a Quick Journey and Quiet Slopes
The final things to consider when browsing the many great ski holiday deals available for this winter are how long the journey will be and how popular the destination is. If you put both of these criteria on your checklist, you won’t need to worry about getting tired out or the kids being overwhelmed before you’ve even really started your holiday.
After all, you don’t want to be jet-lagged when skiing, which can be quite a physically demanding activity at times. Kids will also find it less intimidating skiing in a smaller resort with fewer people on the slopes.
Those were our five top tips for picking the right destination for your family’s skiing holidays. But one last bonus tip is to remember that to get the best ski holiday deals and to have the most hassle-free trip, it’s always advisable to book with a reputable ski company.
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking for the best ski holiday deals Chaletline has a range of superb resorts in which they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.
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