Skiing with a baby or toddler is not as difficult as it may sound. There are now a handful of dedicated ski companies that cater for families with babies and young children where a wide range of facilities are available.
The kids will love the dedicated kids club or creche (from 4 months to 11 years) that are available at selected resorts. Here, the kids can play in the snow, build snowmen, go sledging and enjoy the usual indoor activities.
For those considering skiing kindergarten, many resorts offer ski-school for children as young as 3 years, and in most cases the children absolutely love it as they are not afraid of falling over or getting hurt as they are extremely agile. Special trained instructors run the ski-schools and typically the focus is on having fun (rather than perfecting the SS and ploughs).
Classes take place in a dedicated ski area, equipped with mini lifts, outdoor games and obstacles.
There is also often an indoor area, so that if the children get tired or feel cold they can rest or play inside.
For children under 5 years old, it is probably best not to book more than half-day sessions, as kids of this age won't manage
plan the trip
If you are planning to go skiing, remember to:
- Make sure your child has a helmet (hire on site), goggles and high factor sun cream, to protect them from the powerful rays that are reflected from the snow.
- Dress children in several thin layers of clothing under their ski suit. It acts as better insulation, but of a layer can easily be removed if they get too hot.
- Make sure your child carries all emergency information in their pocket, including their name, your contact/mobile number,
and their travel insurance policy number...(Should there be an accident, some treatment centres have refused to treat casualties without this- it is rare, but its has been know to happen).
Take a look at our specialist ski packing list to ensure that you dont forget any essential items. Many ski travel products can also be found in our winter essentials shop.
holiday with baby articles
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