Family Ski Vacations planning a vacation for the whole family

Family Ski Vacation planning a vacation for the whole family

There is no better way to enjoy the snow than to share it with the whole family. But planning a family ski vacation is far from easy so we hope the following tips and advice help you...

All family members will want something different from their vacation so it is important to do all you can to cover all bases and ensure every person has a good trip. One thing that may get in the way of the family sharing time together is if everyone has a different level of ability on the slopes. Try not to let this spoil the family atmosphere; make plans to meet up with everyone at lunch and make sure you all spend quality time together in the evening to compensate.

For this to work, it really helps if you choose the right alpine cabin or chalet for your family's ski vacation. By renting a large cabin, you and your family will be together in one relaxing place but will also be able to have your own space if it is needed. In contrast to this, hotel rooms can be too cramped and have no general meeting area. Your chalet’s location is also important. Ideally it will be near the ski school and the main chair lifts.

Ski schools are another important thing to check out when planning your vacation. Most resorts have excellent ski schools but you can now find some good ones that also offer a childcare service. Clearly no two families are the same, but if you have children of various ages, getting this right will bring an added safety factor to your trip.

With the younger generation happy, the adults will be able to enjoy their skiing with peace of mind. The whole family can go about their business before gathering in front of the log fire in the chalet to discuss the day’s adventures.

The small things can also make a big difference. It is recommended that you choose a chalet with a video or DVD and a TV. Some chalets even provide children’s videos, but if not, it is worth the extra space in your trunk to bring along a couple of your children’s favourites in case of injuries, blizzards or snow droughts.

All these things can impact positively upon your family ski vacation. It is also important to be aware of avoiding things that can have a negative impact. For instance, noisy bars and clubs may be some people's idea of a perfect vacation, but when you have small children this can just be disruptive so try to get accommodation away from the centre of town. Traffic free resorts and those which offer a short transfer time from the airport are also a good idea if you want to keep the kids happy and your stress levels down!