Top 10 Tips For Taking Kids To The Snow For The First Time
Taking the kids to the snow for the first time may seem a little daunting and a far cry from those pre-children carefree days on and off-piste! But, nothing beats the look of delight and wonder when your child sees snow for the first time. Whether it's tobogganing, making snow angels or learning to ski, the kids will have so much fun, you’ll want to return every season!
We’ve put together our Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Snow with Kids. With a little bit of planning and a flexible attitude, you’ll all get to experience the joy.
1. Choose Your Accommodation Wisely
Make sure small ones are catered for when you choose your accommodation – a self-contained apartment with a kitchen can be better for kids over a family hotel room, and make sure you look out for extra kids amenities such as welcome packs, cots, a separate TV with DVD, board games and toboggans always go down a treat.
The location is important – ensure you have easy access to the kid's ski school and other child-friendly activities. Being able to get back quickly for a mid-day nap with exhausted toddlers will be a bonus. Make sure you pick up the phone and talk to accommodation agents about your requirements to help choose the best for your budget.
2. Borrow or Hire Ski Gear
Kids grow out of their gear way too quickly, so save yourself the money and simply borrow from friends or hire in advance. Adult and children’s suits, boots, skis and poles are available to hire at most ski resorts. If you want to buy your gear, check eBay, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace for pre-loved bargains, or make a beeline to the awesome Aldi ski sales!
3. Plan Ahead to Avoid Queues
Don’t restrict yourself to peak season in August; look at the whole ski season which runs from the beginning of June to the end of September. Organise your lift tickets and hire the afternoon before you start skiing to avoid early morning queues. Nothing worse than waiting in line with kids.
4. Organise Lessons
Ski schools are great fun for kids; they’ll burn off some energy, learn something new, meet other kids and have an adventure – and you’ll be free as a bird! If you haven’t skied before – book a half-day or private lesson. If you and your partner want to take turns skiing while the other looks after the kids – joining a ski school group is a fun way to make the most of time.
5. Make a Packing List and Break Up Your Drive
A simple point, but nevertheless can make or break any trip. Making sure you have everything you need before you get to the snow makes for a much easier holiday. There are some great places to stop en route to break up your journey and start acclimatising to the cooler weather. From Sydney, Canberra has some great activities for kids, like Questacon.
6. Grocery Shop Beforehand
Some of the resorts can be limited and expensive in supermarket shopping, so it can be a good idea to stock up before you get there – Woolies at Cooma is excellent. If you have a real fire (or even a BBQ or a gas hob) in your apartment – bring marshmallows to toast, as well as hot chocolate, whipped cream – and spices to make your own mulled wine.
7. Dress Like an Onion!
Layer, layer, layer! It can get pretty cold and pack some neck warmers for those windy days. Goggles are good if the weather is wet or snowing. Make sure your kids have enough warm clothing if they’re going off to ski school, get a string on those gloves and put through the sleeves of their jackets. Don’t forget to pack lots of comfy cosy clothes to relax in.
8. Take a Break from the Slopes
Make sure you factor in some additional fun in the snow, from simple snowmen to using some of your resort's facilities like kids clubs, day spas and village shopping! Thredbo, for example, has an indoor swimming pool complete with a kid's slide.
9. Pack a Lunch
Whilst there’s plenty of eating-out options, there’s nothing wrong with packing a lunch in your backpack if you’re on a budget or to get you an extra hour on the slopes. Pack the kids up with slope snacks – trail mix or muesli bars are great to stuff in little pockets.
10. Night Skiing
Hitting the slopes under a starry sky is an unbeatable experience. It's memorable family fun, and a sure way to exhaust everyone out for a guaranteed good night's sleep ready to start all over again in the morning!
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