Family ski holidays are the perfect choice for winter wonderland getaways – check out our top 10 tips for making the most of your holiday!
1. Choose the right time to stay
Peak times like Christmas and the school holidays are understandably very popular when it comes to ski holidays, but this means that you need to book well in advance, plus resorts are often very busy during these times.
If you’d prefer to visit during a quieter, more family orientated time and you have young children that are not yet of school age, booking a family ski holiday for off-peak dates such as the end of January means you can get a bit more out of a ski holiday and go at your own flexible pace, rather than being rushed along by the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Find out more about the best times to book a family ski holiday in our blog here.
2. Pick the right resort for your family
To ensure that you will have everything you need and that there’s plenty for entertaining your little ones, be sure to pick a family friendly ski resort.
Resorts that are geared towards families offer special facilities that really take the stress out of ski holidays with children, such as flexible childcare, plenty of fun family apres-ski activities, kids’ ski lessons and more. Family friendly ski resorts also tend to offer a selection of chalets right in the centre of the resort, so families don’t have to trudge for miles.
If you want advice on whether or not a ski holiday is right for your family, check our our guidance here.
3. Choose an ultra family friendly chalet
It’s important to choose a family friendly chalet that’s fully equipped with everything you might need and that has been properly inspected for child safety.
We’ve hand selected, inspected and perfected all of the chalets on our website to provide parents with a choice of the very best, most child friendly chalets that the family resorts have to offer. We’ve also made sure that each chalet comes fully equipped with our Essential Kit Guarantee, so you can relax knowing that you’ll have all that you need!
The chalets also have fun-packed playrooms, toiletries, towels, bathrobes, slippers, free Wi-Fi, a hot tub, sauna or steam room, complimentary nappies/wipes, all terrain buggies and more, to really help give parents the stress-free holiday that they deserve! View our selection of child friendly chalets here.
4. Organise lessons, passes and equipment beforehand
Leaving this until you arrive at the resort means you may have to bring a lot of cash with you or wait around in queues when you could be out on the slopes – skip the hassle and pre-book ski lessons, passes and equipment before you go. If you’d like to organise this when booking, just let us know and our Tots team can sort it for you.
The good news is that at the family resorts on our site, ski passes are free for all children aged under 5, plus when you book with us you can make use of our EXCLUSIVE family ski offer; free equipment hire for a child aged 3-12 years per each full paying adult who hires their equipment at the time of booking.
For advice on booking ski lessons for young children, check out our guidance here.
5. Make a list of everything you need
To make sure that you don’t forget anything important, make a list of everything that you and your family will need. Be sure to pack lots of warm layers that will help keep your tots dry and happy on the slopes. To get some idea about what you might need to bring, check out our family ski packing list.
When it comes to kids, it’s often better to hire or borrow equipment/clothing from friends rather than buy your own- children grow out of ski clothing very quickly so only invest if you really think your tot will get the use out of it!
6. Bring a family ski survival kit
It’s always worth keeping a few essentials to hand when you’re out and about with kids, especially on a ski holiday.
Before you head out onto the resorts or up to the slopes, put together a little emergency pack containing key bits and bobs like tissues, plasters, spare gloves/hats, sweets etc. so you can whip them out at a moment’s notice if required! For more top tips on swerving easily avoidable family ski conundrums, click here.
7. Choose a resort that has flexible childcare
Booking a chalet with childcare options means you can go out and enjoy a day on the slopes, without needing to worry about your little ones.
The chalets on our website all offer a range of childcare options, meaning you can pick and choose the childcare that best suits your family’s needs. Ranging from all day clubs to ski lessons, to afternoon sessions, to supervised lunches, to babysitting and more, there are options to suit all families.
A DBS checked childcare professional will look after your tots in the comfort of your own chalet, or may bring them over to other nearby chalets to make new friends. Made up of a mix of teachers, nannies and nurses and supported by experienced assistants, these qualified professionals run a whole host of exciting activities suitable for all ages, to entertain your kids whilst you’re free to ski. They’ll be so busy having fun, they won’t even notice you’ve gone! Find out about more family friendly non-ski activities here.
8. Choose a catered chalet
One of the best ways to keep a family ski holiday as stress-free as possible is to book a catered chalet. This means you will have one less thing to worry about and can relax knowing that delicious meals are awaiting you and your family upon your return from the slopes!
All of the ski chalets on our website have the following included in the price:
- Filling breakfast
- Homemade purees and Hipp Organic baby food
- Afternoon tea, coffee and cakes
- Apertif, canapes, three course meal and wine for six nights a week
- Specially prepared two course children’s menu (allergies can be catered for, please inform prior to travel) for seven nights a week
9. Bring your gadgets
If your ski chalet comes with free Wi-Fi (the chalets on our website all do!) it can be worth bringing some gadgets with you. Although a break from technology is always a good idea, after spending all day out on the slopes its likely that you will want to just sit down and unwind when you get back to your chalet.
By bringing a tablet/smart phone/laptop, you or your little ones can enjoy playing some games in the evening or watching some familiar shows from back home.
However, remember to be careful with them if you take them up to the slopes or onto the ski lifts – a lost phone can really put a dampener on your holiday!
10. Bring some normal clothes
Although you will of course need your ski gear and plenty of warm layers, don’t forget to pack some comfy clothes for relaxing in your chalet in the evenings or if you fancy heading out to the resort’s restaurants and bars.
It’s also a good idea to bring some non-slip walking boots for wandering around the snowy resort after you’ve finished skiing for the day. Even trainers can be slippy, so make sure all the family have some sturdy well grip equipped footwear so that wandering around doesn’t feel like a battle!