Planning A Family Ski Trip: Read This First

July 2, 2021

With the world opening back up, many of us are considering going on a ski trip with the family. Skiing is a wonderful skill and something that kids will love once they get good at it.

However, making your trip a success can be a challenge. There is a lot to think about and many preparations to be made. 

If you want to make the most of your ski trip, you will need to do a fair bit of planning. In this post, therefore, we provide some tips that will help you pull off your trip without a hitch. 

Take Your Trip At The Right Time Of Year

The skiing season is quite long. It starts at the end of the autumn, and, in some destinations, can run all the way through to May. The best time for families to go is the four weeks from the end of February to the end of March. It is a good time to find deals on lift tickets, since many people at that time of year are beginning to focus on warm weather activities. What’s more, it does not tend to be as cold, the days are longer, and you have more time on the slopes. The sun also tends to come out more in many destinations which helps to give your trip that vacation feel. Do not forget to pack sunscreen and kids ski goggles though!

Pick The Right Place To Stay For Your Family

You have many options for where to stay with your family on a ski trip. 

Many families opt for cabin rental or Airbnb. That is because these places provide kitchens and enclosed living which makes managing the entire trip so much easier. You might also consider staying in a rented condo — again for similar reasons. 

However, doing all that cooking on vacation might not be your cup of tea. If not, then hotels are the best option. They will not have a kitchen. But if you do not have any specific dietary requirements, that is fine. 

Get All The Gear You Need

When you go skiing, you will need to make sure that every family member has all the gear they need. We already mentioned the need for goggles and sunscreen. But in addition to that, you will need plenty of warm clothing, a fleece top, mittens and hand warmers, snow pants and warm socks. In addition, you will require a ski jacket for each of your kids, and preferably some long underwear or a base layer. It can get very cold on mountains, especially at altitude. 

Consider Your Skill Level

Different resorts cater to different skier skill levels. Some are notorious for their dangerous black runs and steep slopes, while many others have much shallower slopes that are considerably easier to navigate. 

If your family has been skiing many times before, then the world’s your oyster and you can pretty much go where you like. However, if you are all relatively new to ski resorts, then you will want to choose a destination that offers the kinds of pistes you can safely tackle. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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