5 Surprising Things You Should Expect From A Family Holiday in the Alps


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A skiing holiday in the Alps can be a real family adventure and it might be easier than you think to bring everyone along. There are plenty of ways you can make your family Alpine break fun and much more relaxing even with small children. Plan ahead and book with the right company and you can make your life a lot easier when booking your family ski holiday. Here are a few surprising things that you can expect from a family holiday in the Alps.

Fully catered stays

One less thing to worry about when booking a family holiday is what and when everyone is going to eat. Booking a fully catered stay means mealtimes are easy and organised for everyone so you don’t have to do a thing. This can be much less expensive than eating out in restaurants every day, but also without the hassle of having to go shopping and do the cooking. Chalet staff are on hand to help you but you also get that home from home feel in a chalet, especially when sitting down for dinner together.

Usually included in a catered chalet is breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner including wine, so all you have to do is grab a snack or a light lunch during your day of skiing. Breakfast will be ready for you in the morning so you can sit down as a family before heading out to the slopes, then when you return tuck into afternoon tea before getting ready for evening dinner. Children are catered for too, including milk and baby food if required. And the best part? No washing up!

In Chalet child care

Yes, when you take a family ski holiday you can still enjoy your usual skiing safe in the knowledge your children are going to be well looked after. You can book family skiing holidays which include in chalet childcare giving parents time on the slopes. Children get the chance to explore things to do in and out of the chalet and take part in activities with other children too. Childcare can be full or half day and can be combined with lessons and clubs too. A popular choice is to book childcare in the morning when adults go off to ski, then spend the afternoon as a family.

Companies who specialise in family ski breaks often include all the facilities you need. Many will even provide nappies, wipes and baby food so you don’t have to pack your own taking up much less space in your luggage. You can make use of onsite all-terrain buggies for use in the snow and locations with easy walking distance from the main ski and resort areas. You can also expect safety features such as bed guards, stair gates and other child accessories like cot beds and high chairs. Reputable companies will have fully qualified staff who are enhanced CRB checked, fully referenced checked and first aid trained.

Children’s Ski lessons and kid’s clubs

By the time your child is three years old, then they will be old enough to start to learn to ski. In resort you will find specially trained instructors who know how to teach children and make it fun whilst they learn too. They will learn with other children of the same age and be proud that they are learning to ski like their parents. If they are not quite ready for skiing then kid’s clubs are also available. Unlike childcare, clubs organise specific activities for children to play and learn.

Older children will also love learning to ski, they have the chance to make friends with other teens of similar age and get out on the slopes on their own. That’s the great thing about You will all be out skiing together as a family in no time.  It’s best to book all of your ski lessons in advance as they are reserved quite fast, so book in your lessons when you organise your break.

Free Child places

Depending on when you go you may be able to take advantage of free child places on your ski trip. Free places are usually available outside peak seasons when the resorts are quieter. This makes a family ski holiday really affordable but of course, they are booked up fast. When researching your holiday check which tour operators have the best deals for families and include all of the other extras you need on a break with children. You may even be able to find some great inclusive deals which have ski passes, lessons and catering all in one. That is definitely worth looking into instead of booking things separately which might cost you more.

Plenty of Child Friendly activities

As well as Ski lessons and childcare, there are lots of activities you can enjoy as a family in resort. There may be a specially designed snow play area in your ski resort. An excellent place for children to enjoy playing in the snow, throwing snowballs, riding on mini sledges and building snowmen are al fun things the kids will enjoy. Tubing is another activity to do with younger kids especially those who are not able to ski.  In resort you’ll find it as an organised activity and takes place in non-skiing areas, the adults will love it too!

For a more relaxing thing to do you might want to sit back and watch a film in the cinema. Most large resorts have indoor complexes with plenty of things to do including cinemas showing films in both the local and English language. If the kids still need tiring out then swimming, ice skating and other indoor sports might be the things to choose. As you can see there are plenty of child friendly activities to so you will all be entertained.

Some tips for planning a family ski break

  • Make sure the family is fit and ready for your break before you go. Skiing every day can take its toll so a good level of fitness is a must.
  • When traveling with toddlers pack a few favourite snacks from in case you can’t get what you want in resort.
  • Plan some family friendly activities together making time to spend together as a family as well as on the slopes.
  • Pack the right things and remember to hire children’s equipment such as boots, skis, and snowsuits rather than buying them.
  • Book ski lessons in advance and don’t plan on trying to teach your kids yourself.
  • Try out some dry slopes together before your holiday so the kids know exactly what they are getting into.
  • Take some time out as a couple too and make the most of the après ski alpine resorts have to offer.

Would you book a family ski break?

After reading how you can enjoy a family ski break would you book one as your next family holiday? As you can see it is much more accessible and affordable than you might have imagined. With fully catered chalets, in chalet childcare, ski lessons and kids clubs you will have a fun and relaxed holiday which is all organised for you.

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