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Family Skiing & Snowboarding Holiday Guide

 

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Family Skiing & Snowboarding Holidays

Skiing holidays were the original family activity holidays and remain extremely popular. Snowboarding is also popular, especially with teenagers. There is so much choice now for family skiing holidays that you should easily find a holiday to meet your exact requirements.

 

Your choice of resort is important. Some resorts have special ski areas for young children. Some offer doorstep skiing whereas others require a bus journey to reach the slopes.

 
Types of Skiing & Snowboarding Holidays

Some ski companies provide their own ski instructors for their customers whereas others use the local ski schools. Most will provide free ski guiding as part of the holiday. Childcare can be run by the holiday company who hire their own British nannies or it can be in a resort kindergarten. Meals can be included in the holiday or you could self cater.

 
Accommodation Options

A full range of accommodation is available from 5-star hotels to self-catering apartments. Some companies specialise in clubhotel or catered chalet holidays.

 
Age Ranges

Children of any age can travel on a family skiing holiday. Most of the companies provide crèches and kids clubs to look after children from 4 months plus. The Kids Clubs generally involve some fun in the snow for all children with ski instruction for those 4 years plus.

 
Activities

There are many other activities available in the Alps in winter – here are a few ideas:

> Cross-country Skiing - Skiing on cross-country ski trails using special skis for gliding across the snow.
> Husky Dog Sledding - Driving a team of husky dogs
> Paragliding - This involves skiing off the top of a mountain pulling a specially constructed piece of lightweight material, rather like a large kite, behind you. As you run, a canopy opens up above your head and you will be flying. It is possible to do a tandem paraglide with an instructor at the controls or learn the basics for yourself in under a week.
> Raquette/Snowshoeing - Walking and running in the snow using special snowshoes.

 

Skiing & Snowboarding Gear

You will need to take your own ski clothing with you. The key items of kit that each member of the family will need are waterproof jacket, salopettes and gloves, sunglasses, goggles, warm knee-length socks, warm hat and thermal underwear.

 
Tips
 
Make sure that you choose a ski resort that provides skiing for all members of the family.
 
Don’t forget to take your sunscreen and lip protection and make sure that you reapply it regularly.
 
Wear layers of clothing so that you can easily take a layer off or put another on.
 
Don’t wear scarves when skiing – these can be hazardous.
 
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