Family ski trips can be undoubtedly the best holiday of the year and for good reason. By doing a little planning you can pre-empt any difficulties that could arise. If you’re going skiing with your children and want to ensure you can support them outside of their ski lessons, then we’ve got all the tips you need to help your children ski better.
Skiing with Children – How to Help Them Ski Better
Dress them appropriately
Let’s start with the kitting your kids out in the most suitable clothing for playing out in the snow all day. One of our New Gen Mum’s has perfected the art of dressing children for skiing. Without sounding dramatic, the clothing you put your kids in, will either make or break their skiing experience. If they are cosy and dry they will want to play for longer. If they are cold and uncomfortable then they will only want to be outside for 5 minutes. We suggest wearing lots of layers so that you can take a layer off if your children get too warm. In the spring your kids won’t need as many clothes and will actually sweat if they have on too many. That will result in them feeling colder for the rest of the day.
Ski gear doesn’t have to cost the earth, so go to second-hand shops, ask friends to borrow their kids ski clothing and look out for some staple pieces like a waterproof ski jacket. One brand that we love for kids ski wear is Dinoski.
Top tip: try a dress rehearsal beforehand to get them excited about all their new kit.
It’s unlikely that your kids will be a world champion skier after just a few days. So make sure you’re realistic with what they can achieve. If you push them out of their comfort zone right from the start, they won’t enjoy the experience.
Taking a short break and having a hot chocolate goes a long way. Young children feel the cold four times faster than an adult, so make sure you’re looking out for signs of them being cold. If they have gone quiet and aren’t interacting much, it may be time to take a break. For children that are a little older, they won’t need as many breaks, but you can make that judgement yourself.
When skiing with children we also suggest taking some small snacks in your pocket as an energy boost.
Pick the right terrain
Young kids need to start on the beginner slopes to build up their confidence. Our advice is to ask the instructor at the end of the lesson which slopes would be most appropriate for your child. Many of the beginner slopes are kitted out with plenty of interactive games for kids to enjoy.
It’s vital to make sure they are confident on the beginner slopes before taking them on the steeper terrain as they will just lean back in their skis and form bad habits. Start easy, and build up.
Focus on fun & spend time playing
Watching your children enjoy themselves is one of the most rewarding sights for any parent to witness. Especially if skiing or snowboarding is a passion of yours – that you can now share. We advise spending time playing in the snow with your kids to get them used to how it feels. By rolling around and being silly – they will realise that it’s ok to fall over and get snow on you. It’s ok that the snow can be slippy and they relate snow to having fun. Then you can introduce the skis/snowboard into the mix. This is vital for young kids, but as they get older they may want to start using the equipment straight away.
If your child is having an absolute blast but isn’t in the perfect snowplough form. Do not worry. They will learn and get to grips with the technique over time. As long as they are in a safe environment and having fun, then that’s all that matters. Children learn differently from adults and so we put a high emphasis on games, challenges, and adventures so that they learn whilst having fun. This might involve activities such as a mountain-wide treasure hunt, trip to the fun park or mini Olympics. One of our all-time favourite British ski racers, Chemmy Alcott has just had two children and she often shares snaps of them on her Instagram page. She is their biggest cheerleader and it’s so great to see them enjoying the snow together.
Top tip: Don’t forget to give your kids water. It’s thirsty work and they will need to stay hydrated.
Children’s ski lessons are an investment that we take very seriously. Behind the fun, we know that you want your kids to progress and develop into competent skiers. Each course has specific aims and goals to prepare them for the next stage and we keep a record of your child’s success to help their progression each year. Our carefully thought out pathway will help your child progress into a competent and confident skier. And they may soon give Mum and Dad a run for their money!