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Especially if the Mum is the ex-GB racer, Chemmy Alcott. A mother of one, and soon to be mother of two.





Chemmy has teamed up with SkiStar, Scandinavia's number one ski resort owner and operator, to offer her tips on a successful first ski trip with kids.

Among the resorts in the SkiStar stable is Trysil in Norway, which we highly recommend as a family ski resort.

See here for when one of our reporters, Emma Lewis, visited with her family last winter.

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See here for more information about Trysil.

Chemmy is a 4 x Winter Olympian with a career high ranking of 8th in the World.

She was a  7 x British National Overall Champion and the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup.

Chemmy Alcott is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest ever skiers.

So, what about her advice on family skiing?

"Don't try to teach your kids to ski yourself - children love learning with their peers," she said.

"You'll be amazed how quickly they pick it up in a class with kids the same age."

"Let children decide whether they want to board or ski. There's no reason they can't try both! Technically, it's better to start off on skis - four edges are easier to manage than two."

"However, an older child who skateboards may feel more comfortable on a snowboard, while a keen scooterer - where the action is hips forward - will probably feel more natural on skis."

"Plan other activities off the slopes. Very small children will get bored and cold fairly quickly, so find a resort where there are lots of fun things to do."

"Use travel companies and resorts that are geared up for kids - SkiStar resorts in Sweden and Norway have a mascot, Valle, as well as an app with games to get them excited before they go, and it can all be sorted when you're booking your trip."

"Having a swimming pool nearby is a godsend when you're tired out after a day skiing or boarding and the kids are still full of beans."

"It's really important to invest in some decent goggles - Panda ones are great."

"Children can easily be put off skiing if they're wearing uncomfortable goggles with poor visibility that are going to mist up."

"Finally, get the right kit. Handwarmers are important for little hands and choose mittens over fiddly gloves - I wear mittens, they're the best! Layering up is the best way to keep warm."

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SkiStar operates the five largest ski resorts in Scandinavia as well as Hammarbybacken in the centre of Stockholm.

In 2016 SkiStar also purchased the principle shareholding of St Johann in the Austrian Tirol.

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