If you have never skied or are returning to the slopes after a long break you probably
have lots of questions about what to expect. Many families are confused by the choice
of ski equipment and how a ski holiday with a family actually works.
The advice below is designed to answer the most general questions for parents skiing
with children for the first time who may be beginners themselves. The recommendations
on clothing refer to both children who ski and those who will be in full day care
in the Powder Pups crèche. If you
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We are always pleased to discuss your individual needs personally and invite you
to call the Family Ski Company office on 01684 540 333 between 9.30 and 5.30 or
Many queries are best answered in person and the team can advise you on which resort,
chalet, childcare programme and travel arrangements will best suit your family or
group. This useful Timesonline video "Family Skiing: a survival guide" offers good advice to families looking to ski together. (This is now subscription only)
You don’t need to spend a fortune and most ski jackets last several seasons
and can be used for other activities. It is not just specialist shops that stock
ski equipment you can find inexpensive winter sports clothing in many high street
Layering is definitely best. Skiing, especially when you are learning, is warm work
so invest in thermal base layers, fleeces and a shell rather than a huge down jacket
which will probably be too warm for all but the coldest days.
Children are best in a jacket and sallopettes rather than one pieces. Although warm,
one-pieces make toilet stops very difficult and can’t easily be used for other
The sun is fierce when reflected off the snow so good quality goggles and sunglasses
are very important, (but again you don’t have to spend a fortune). Goggles
are best for children as they fit over their helmet securely whereas sunglasses
will get pushed into the side of their head and provide little protection from wind
or snow. Non skiing children will only require sunglasses as goggles can steam up
when a child is active but not skiing.
Gloves are best for adults as they allow more movement but many children find mittens
keep their hands warmer. Gloves or mittens get wet quickly so two pairs (one for
ski school and one for outdoor activities in the afternoon) is a luxury that makes
a real difference.
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Socks are important as they keep your feet warm and make boots more comfortable.
Never wear two pairs of socks as this can cause blisters; tube socks are often uncomfortable
as they fall down and wrinkle; instead opt for a well fitting pair of ski socks.
It is worth buying the right type of socks as ski boots can be uncomfortable and
are made much worse with ill fitting socks.
Children will need boots suitable for the snow – this means a decent tread,
warm and waterproof. Snow boots are best and not too expensive.
Buy a high factor sunscreen and lip salve for the whole family to use while in the
French Alps. This is much more expensive in resort and it is harder to get specific
brands for sensitive skins.
It is standard practise to rent skis, boots, poles and children’s helmets
for the week; most skiers in Europe do this and rental skis are updated regularly
so you will be hiring modern, reliable equipment. Further practical tips for successful family skiing holiday preparation is in this Times Literary Supplement survival guide.
The most frequently asked question is how can a ski holiday work with a family?
The answer is excellent childcare for infants from a few months up to teenage skiers.
Childcare that you can rely on leaves you free to enjoy a full day on the mountain
without rushing to collect children from morning ski lessons. To find out more please
visit Our Childcare
Travelling with a family usually means lots of luggage or making do without your
usual equipment. At Family Ski Company we provide everything you need for a ski
holiday with babies and children. We have trained childcare nannies, crèches,
cots, linen, high chairs, child seats, changing mats, towels, baby monitors, a healthy
children’s menu and family rooms so you can relax and enjoy your winter break
in the French Alps. You can even order a babycare pack including nappies and
other bulky items to have ready for you in resort.
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chalet holidays click here
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