Whatever your destination, going on a family holiday with young children in tow can be stressful. But donâ€™t worry: with careful planning and research, you can ensure that your family will have an unforgettable holiday for all the right reasons!
Now that the winter seasonâ€™s upon us again, there’s no better time to hit the slopes with your family. People often shy away from taking young children on skiing holidays, but with so many fantastic and child-friendly resorts to choose from, it is an ideal option for those wanting fun-packed days and cosy nights spent in alpine chalets.
We’ve put together some tips to help you plan the perfect holiday on the pistes.
Timing Is Everything!
Peak season is often the busiest time, attracting skiers of all ages. During Christmas, New Year and school holidays, expect to see lots of skiing families. If you prefer to have the slopes and the resorts to yourself, the first two weeks of January are the best time to go. And if you’re not tied to the school holidays, the off-peak season is even better.
Research, Research and More Research
Did we mention research? The key to the perfect family skiing holiday is to research the best resort to suit your needs. Ideally, you want an accommodation thatâ€™s completely child-friendly. Whatâ€™s more, it shouldnâ€™t be too far away from the slopes, so that you and your family are ready to ski as soon as you wake up.
The importance of choosing a resort with all desired amenities cannot be underestimated. Look out for resorts with shops, a good variety of restaurants and a pharmacy, as children are often accident prone.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out the resort’s entertainment facilities to keep your little ones busy on and off the piste.
Pre-Book Ski Essentials Before Your Holiday
Avoid long queues and pre-book your ski lessons, ski passes and ski hire before you even get on the plane. That way, youâ€™ll be ready to hit the pistes as soon as you land.
It’s All on the List
If it’s on the list, you wonâ€™t forget it! Planning a holiday with children can often feel like a military operation, but making a list of the things that you and your children will need can make your holiday go much more smoothly. Here are a few things that you should definitely write down.
1. Don’t forget to pack your ski holiday insurance. This is often the last thing that people think about, but travelling with children is stressful enough, so put your mind at rest and take out a comprehensive ski holiday insurance â€“ itâ€™ll keep your family covered on and off the slopes.
2. Take spare gloves and hats with you, as these often get lost or misplaced.
3. Don’t forget to pack your children’s toiletries and medicine. Itâ€™s also a good idea to take plasters and ointment for all potential bumps and bruises.
4. Make sure that you bring games, books, toys and any other gadgets that will keep the little ones entertained on long journeys and during cosy nights in the chalet.
Enjoy yourselves! Spending some quality time with your children will give you some moments that youâ€™ll remember forever â€“ and youâ€™ll remember them for all the right reasons if you take out some ski holiday insurance before your trip!
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual, family and ski holiday insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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