Family Ski FAQs: What Age Can Children Start to Ski?

You may think that you need to wait until your kids are older before you embark on a ski holiday but with the right preparation and the right destination, it’s a great option for families with children of all ages.

We’ve answered some of your main family ski holiday concerns below but if you have any more questions then get in touch with our family holiday experts who can help you decide whether a ski holiday is right for you.

Most family friendly ski destinations will normally allow children aged three years+ to take part in ski lessons.

Some ski resorts, such as those on our site, will also provide adjusted age-appropriate sessions for younger children, which are shorter and specifically catered to the needs and abilities of very little ones. 

This really helps to ensure that they enjoy themselves and don’t feel too overwhelmed!

There are plenty of things for very young children to do during a ski holiday, so they’re sure to have a great time too. 

From ice skating to sledging to snowman building to swimming pools, cinemas and more, ski resorts have loads of non-ski activities for all ages to take part in, perfect for when you want to spend some non-ski quality time together as a family. 

You can learn more about these in our family fun for non skiers post.

If your child is confident, fairly coordinated and is happy to listen and follow instructions from others, they will probably be fine – but every child is different.

To make things easier, try to ensure you have booked ski lessons with an English-speaking instructor and some resorts even let parents or childminders stay with young children whilst the lessons take place, to help them feel comfortable and safe. 

If your child isn’t having fun, experienced childcare assistants will be on hand at all times and will be able to take your child back into in-chalet childcare.

Many ski resorts do offer children’s clubs and creches, including our own ski destinations in the french alps such as the popular Chalet Eva Reberty 2000 in Les Trois Vallees which has access to a ‘Mini Marmots’ childcare service.

This is operated by fully qualified English speaking childcare experts, who run loads of fun, age-appropriate piste-side activities including snow painting, igloo building, picnics and lots more. 

It’s also a great opportunity for tots to make new friends by meeting some of the other children who are enjoying a ski getaway. 

This can really help your little one to settle into their new surroundings – leaving parents free to hit the slopes.


In short, the quick answer is not really! The reality is that for a family ski holiday, you’re going to need to pack a lot, especially as adult ski wear alone takes up a lot of space. But don’t panic just yet – fortunately, we have a solution!

The family friendly ski resorts on our website all include chalets that are fully equipped with all the key things that families will need for their holiday including sterilisers, travel cots and lots more, thanks to our Essential Kit Guarantee.

This is a massive space saver, and will allow you to squeeze in all those extra bits and bobs that your family will need for a snowy getaway.

For advice on what to pack for a family ski holiday, read our Family Ski Packing Tips.

In most cases altitude shouldn’t be a problem for your family holiday, but if you’re planning to visit a very high resort and you have children under 12 months old, it can be a good idea to just check with a doctor first, especially if your child has a history of respiratory problems.

High altitude can disrupt sleep patterns in young children but it’s very uncommon for children to develop altitude sickness during ski trips, especially when holidaying at the lower heights of European resorts. 

If your child does develop altitude sickness, this will often pass within a few days once they have adjusted.

Do remember that when you’re at higher altitudes you are closer to the sun, so apply lots of sun cream!

Olivia Frost
Olivia Frost

Olivia is a Digital Marketing Exec at Tots to Travel, talented film maker, production researcher, journalist and copywriter. She’s actually amazing.

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