Our top tips for planning a ski holiday with children and teenagers.
There's a lot to consider when it comes to planning a family ski holiday and choosing a suitable resort, especially when dealing with a range of ages and ability levels. Depending on whether your children are young and just starting out, or seasoned teenagers with loads of experience, everyone will have their own ideas of what are the most important factors. But here are a few things to think about…
Unless the entire group are beginners, it's likely that you'll want a resort that has some challenging terrain to explore, as well safe slopes for beginners and confidence-building blues. Smaller resorts often have ideal slopes for learning, but it's a bonus if they're connected with larger resorts for more advanced skiers to stretch their legs.
Finding the right instructor, guide or ski school can turn an average holiday into an amazing one. If you're taking younger children on a ski holiday it's worth doing your homework, as it could pay off in spades. There are websites such as comeskiwith.me that help you make a choice, or get involved in the Ski Club's Chat Forum or Facebook resort groups and ask others for their recommendations. You'll want to find out where the ski school is based and which learning areas or slopes they use - staying close to the nursery slopes and ski school meeting places will make the start of your day a whole lot easier. If you're travelling at peak times such as half-term or Easter, we would recommend to pre-book your ski school, as some book up very quickly.
Transfers and Travel
Some resorts in the Alps are as little as 30 minutes from key airports such as Innsbruck and Geneva - a real bonus if you've got younger children. There are some little Tirolean gems, including Kühtai and Seefeld, which are under 60 minutes from Innsbruck airport. From Geneva airport, you can easily access excellent family-friendly resorts such as La Clusaz and Les Gets.
Non Skiing Activities
While some children are bitten by the skiing bug early and will want to ski until the last lift, some (especially younger children) may not have the interest or energy for day after day of skiing. Some resorts offer a great range of non-skiing activities including sleigh rides, tobogganing and ice-skating, not to mention indoor activities such as water fun parks (for instance the spectacular Aquariaz in Avoriaz)