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14 tips for family skiing
Thursday February 5, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

With half-term upon us one of our partners, Iglu Ski, offers some advice to make your family skiing holiday heaven rather than hell.

Family skiing can be a bit of a nightmare for the parents with stress levels running high and enjoyment and relaxation a long way short of where it should be.

The key comes in pre holiday preparation.

Iglu Ski decided to ask some of its clients for their top tips and this is what they came up with.

  • Don't waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they will outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops.
  • Sew name tags on all your children's ski wear. It will increase the chance your children will come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes.
  • If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won't get stuck in the snow.
  • Pack sun block sticks not sprays. So you won't have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on.
  • Don't pack any best clothes. They're wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats.
  • If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. This means you won't have to queue to share the only one in the chalet.
  • Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol could make in your luggage. Take sachets instead.
  • If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage - they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all.
  • Don't forget slippers
  • If you are on a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There will be less chance of a windy road making your children sick.
  • Write your mobile number on your child's hand or arm if they're going to ski school on their own.
  • Don't be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them.
  • Invest in a set of walkie talkies. If you get separated on the slopes you can call each other.
  • Three rigid rules for all the family - never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol.

For more details about Iglu then see here.

If you are heading off to the slopes next weekend then you may also want to look at the PlanetSKI guide to family skiing that is full of tips and advice. 

We have broken it in to sections for the various ages of children;  see here for that feature.

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