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Preparing your children for their first family skiing trip

6th July 2017
Preparing your children for their first family skiing trip

Kids naturally charge towards anything with excitement, but sometimes they can be scared by new experiences. And so it’s important to prepare your kids for your family skiing trip to ensure they get the most out of it, and by extension means that you as the parent can enjoy your time as well. In this post, we’re going to be looking at some of the ways you can prepare your children for their first family skiing trip.

Quell their fears

Initially, you may want to sit down with your child and discuss some of the things that may be scaring them. They might be worried about falling and getting hurt, or maybe they don’t want to be embarrassed about being bad at it. This would be the time to let them know that everybody has to start somewhere, and that because it’s new to them, it will take a bit of time to learn and get good at it.

Also help them to understand that there aren’t any expectations on your part, and that the whole point of the holiday is to have fun and try something new. Once they understand this, try to get them excited about it by showing your own feelings; kids are like sponges when it comes to excitement!

Get them involved in the planning

Children, and even adults, can become worried when they don’t have a clear idea of what’s going to happen, so it may be worth getting your child involved in the planning of the holiday. This will give them a clear understanding of when you’re going, how you’re going to get there and what will happen when you arrive.

This will extinguish some of their anxiety, and help them to enjoy the journey rather than worrying the whole way. So, while you’re planning the trip, have them sit with you in front of your computer, and talk through what’s happening as it happens (maybe even let them click the confirm payment button!).

Give them their own suitcase and pack it with them

For adults, packing is an inevitable and often boring part of a holiday, but you can make this a fun activity for your child. This gets them more involved in the whole experience, and gives them the sense of having made their own choices.

All you need to do is buy them a small children’s suitcase, and then let them know what they need to pack. You can supervise the activity (just to make sure they don’t pack 10 pairs of socks and no pants!), and then praise them once they’ve finished.  

Book some kid friendly skiing lessons

As mentioned previously, one of the big concerns for a child might be that they aren’t going to be very good at skiing, and that they’ll get embarrassed. To combat this, it would be a good idea to book some kid friendly ski lessons for them. This way, they’ll be eased into it, instead of being thrown in the deep end on their first day.

Kid friendly ski lessons will usually have an instructor that is used to working with kids, and who’ll make the experience fun. But more importantly, they’ll make sure that it’s safe. Most ski resorts will have ski lessons for children and for adults, and they’ll also cater for all ability levels, starting at complete beginner and moving towards intermediate.

Organise some travel activities

The trip to your ski resort can often take several hours, especially if you have to drive to the airport, fly there and then get transport to the resort itself. This makes for a long time for your kid to sit still. If they’re very young, this could lead to some tantrums and restlessness, so it would be a good idea to get them some activities to keep them occupied.

You could get them some travel board games to play on the plane, and maybe some activity books (like colouring or word games) for the car ride to the airport and to the resort. This isn’t a foolproof way of getting them through the journey without any drama, but it can go a long way to getting them there without major problems.

So by quelling your child’s fears, getting them involved in the planning, giving them their own suitcase, booking some kid friendly skiing lessons and organising travel activities, you can enjoy your family skiing holiday with the knowledge that everyone will have a worry free holiday. All you have to do now is go and get on the slopes!

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