Are you thinking about skiing with infants or toddlers or a baby? When planning family ski holidays, regardless of the age of your children, there are a few general ‘rules of thumb’. Try to book a ski resort with a short transfer time from the airport (unless you are planning to drive) and if you can, book family-friendly ski accommodation that is ski-in ski-out. No one likes a long walk to the lifts, and when you’re little, skis and boots are that much harder to cope with. Try to book your family ski holiday during the warmer months of the ski season if possible; March and April offer longer, sunnier days on the slopes and are more enjoyable for all.
Lots of ski resorts these days are car-free, which makes for a safer environment for your family, and choose a ski resort with plenty to do off the slopes: whether that’s play facilities for younger children or fun activities for teenagers. If the lifts are closed or you want a day off, you’ll be pleased to have a contingency plan to keep the family entertained.
Our ski experts are here to answer all your questions about skiing with infants and toddlers and help guide you through the process of booking the perfect ski holiday with young children in tow, but here’s a few more pointers.
When children are really young, it’s important that a family ski holiday is simply a fun, snowy, winter holiday building snowmen and drinking hot chocolates.
The best family ski resorts have facilities to help toddlers start to become accustomed to the snow, such as slides and other fun features so they can play outside while wearing all the gear. Snow suits, hats, gloves and sunglasses are quite bulky when you’re very little.
Our experts can help you source a family-friendly ski chalet, hotel or self-catering apartment set up for babies and toddlers, that can make your life easier by offering milk and special meals; nappies, bottles, sterilisers, toys and all the extra bits that will reduce your packing list
If you are planning on taking your baby skiing, we can also help to arrange childcare with experienced professionals, to allow parents to enjoy a few hours out skiing alone. As well as baby listening or babysitting services to give you the odd evening out.
If you can, choose accommodation with a swimming pool on site; little ones love a pool and playing in the warm water has the double benefit of helping parents ease tired legs.
Most ski schools will take children once they are out of nappies, but three years old is a good time to start skiing. Even until they are teenagers, it’s a great idea to sign your children up for half days with an instructor.
It will give you as parents time to enjoy the slopes alone, have a quiet coffee in the sunshine or even spoil yourselves with a lie in; followed by family time skiing the slopes in the afternoon. Nursery areas will be busy with all ages, from young children to adults, and we can help organise the right ski school for your family.
Young children will need to take a snack to ski school (pack some from the UK that you know they will like) and some pocket money, along with a spare layer, woolly hat and gloves, so it’s a good idea for each child to have a small backpack (which can be used as airport hand luggage). Smother them in a 50SPF sun cream designed for high altitudes (even on cloudy days) and don’t forget the lip balm. Finally, don’t buy cheap sunglasses or goggles: ensure they have proper UV protection.
While they’re growing, it’s a good idea to borrow what you can, but make sure every bit of their kit is named, whether it’s hats, goggles or ski poles, and write down your phone number and accommodation address and put it in their pocket.
The good news is that all ski resorts are improving their family facilities every year, so you’ll be hard pushed to find one that won’t have something to offer for everyone.
To find out more about skiing with infants and toddlers or skiing with a baby, call our ski experts today on 0207 471 7700.