Skiing as a family can be a fantastic experience. However, it’s so easy to get carried away with all the ski brochure hype. There’s the fantastic ski chalet accommodation, the charming traditional ski village and the amazing ski discounts you can get by booking now. It could be easy to forget to make sure that your destination fits the needs of your family.
It is important that your ski trip is exciting and fun and of course that it caters for the adults and children in your family alike.
Here are a few tips on finding the best family ski resorts:
- The resort needs to provide the right level of skiing. Consider the abilities and needs of members of the family.There is no point choosing a ski resort with mainly more difficult ski slopes if beginner slopes are required
- Transfer times from the airport to the ski resort vary significantly. Particularly if you have young children it is recommended that you limit the length of the transfer time. A comfortable length is around 2 – 3 hours, no more. Even for these make sure you prepare with snacks and drinks, after all the transfer comes after what will no doubt have been quite a long flight!
- Consider the location of the accommodation in relation to the slopes, ski school meeting point, village centre and any apres-ski activity. A resort that is compact is likely to be better if you have young children. It may be worth paying the premium to be central and avoid any need to get on ski buses. Adults find it hard enough to walk in ski boots, it’s a nightmare for children to walk in them – and for the adults with them!
- Childcare is often provided by ski operators or some hotels may offer this. Be careful to include childcare needs in your plans and make sure the resort can cover them
- Apres-ski may first conjure up images of standing having a schnapps or hot chocolate at an ice bar. Perhaps this is part of it but don’t forget the apres-ski ski needs or ‘in between’ ski needs of the children. Make sure the resort has child friendly activities beyond skiing e.g. swimming, bowling, ice-skating or toboganning
- Accommodation can be hotel or apartment based depending on whether you want to get involved in cooking. Another option is a catered chalet. Consider your ski accommodation requirements and make sure it is available in the resort e.g. not all ski resorts offer catered chalets
- Get the best value holiday travel money – consider getting a travel currency card from such as FairFx or CaxtoneFX. These are becoming more and more poular – check out our article ‘The FairFX currency card – facts and figures‘ if you want more information.
Don’t forget to include ski wear and ski equipment, whether you plan to ski hire or buy you’ll need them.
And finally, whichever ski resort your trip takes you to, remember to make sure you have the right ski insurance to cover all your family.