If you are gearing up for a ski holiday this season and you have kids in tow, here are our top tips for hitting the slopes with smalls.
Think beyond skiing
If you want your kids to fall in love with skiing as much as you - don’t overdo it. While your enthusiasm will be infectious - if they’re booked into ski school for the morning, ensure you fill the afternoon with downtime. In short - leave them wanting more. If they overdo it too soon it will put them off. Pack lots of cosy activities in to balance out the day - cosy movies in the chalet, hot chocolates on the terrace… apres ski with kids may be more tame than you remember, but it is much needed!
You can read more about why wool, and specifically the merino wool we use in our hats, is the perfect natural fibre to wear while skiing, or in cold weather in general on our ‘benefits of merino wool’ page.
Skiing burns 400 calories an hour - if you want to avoid hunger-related meltdowns at the summit make sure you take enough breaks and re-fuel frequently! Also make sure you have plenty of easy, quick comfort food suppers up your sleeve for the end of the day to help them re-fuel.
You may have learnt to ski without a helmet - but it was probably the 80s and you were probably wearing a questionably coloured salopette/ski jacket combo - are we right? Times have changed and a good helmet and googles to protect their eyes are a must. We love Little Skiers for all things snow-related for kids.
Face the fear
They are going to fall, faceplant and fail. The three F’s of learning to ski. Make peace with that and teach them that the wipeouts are all part of the process (and the fun!). That said, ensure you all have a plan in case you get lost and they are carrying your chalet address and contact details with them at all times.
Pack way more gloves/socks/hats than you think you’ll need. They’re always the things that they get wet and want to change most often. Also ensure you can attach their gloves to their ski jacket in some way - it will save you with the lost glove hunt on repeat!
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