This year we decided it was time to plan the 1st of what we hope to become an annual ski trip. We’ve done some skiing as a coupe but this will be the first time with the kids. Here are some great tips for planning your first family ski trip that I know all parents will appreciate. Plus most of them are going tomake your trip LESS stressful.
5+ Tips to Prepare for Your First Family Ski Trip
RESEARCH PACKAGES: There are ging to be plenty of great deals online. Most likely you will find some packages that not obly allow you to group you hotel/rental car and flights together but somwe may also allow you to purchase discounted lift tickets. Most of the time these lift tickets are non refundabe/non transferable, so plan carefully
RESEARCH & SIGN UP EARLY FOR SKI SCHOOL: Every resort is going to run their ski school differently. The minimume age varies from 3-5 years old and potty trained is essential. Most ski schools will be in the morning and last3-4 hours breaking before lunch. Older kids may also have lesson options in the afternoon. Reservations tend to fill up fast and space is limited. Remember that when schools are on holiday, it’s peak ski time!
PRINT & FILL OUT PAPERWORK AT HOME: If this is your first family ski trip, you probably don’t own your own gear and plan to rent them. Decide which rental shop you will use and see if their website will alow you to access the rental paperwork and liability waivers. Print these out at home and fill them out. Pack them with airline tickets and hotel confirmations so you know where they are. I use this cute travel wallet for important docs.
ARRIVE EARLY: Get to your resort early and take advantage of getting rentals squared aware, staking out a seat by the fire in the lodge, designating a family meet up spot and of course being first in line when the lifts open.
PACK FOOD: We try and do this with all of our trips. Eating out especially resort food can add up quick with hungry kids. If yours are anything like mine, they snack ALL day! Fresh fruit, snack bars and refillable waterbottles will go a long way. By lunch time everyone will be ready for warm drinks and a break in the lodge.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION: Snow blindness is a real thing! Make sure that our gggkes or sunglasses have the appropriate lens in them to protect your eyes. Also protect your skin, sunblock is a must.
WEAR MOISTURE WICKING & LAYERS. Have everyone wear ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds as their bottom layer. It’s perfect to keep them warm early on, remember you can always remove a layer or two if you need to. I love that they are great for layering on slopes but also perfect for lounging at the lodge! They have POCKETS and THUMB HOLES, not to mention the shirts are long enough to cover your booty.
BRING EXTRAS! Traveing with kids usually means losing randomitems. Pack extra gloves, hats, scarfs and bonus on goggles. I like to label everything with personized labels to help possibly identify in the lost and found.