Are you new to skiing as a family? Well in this post I’m going to look at all of the essential items that you need and some tips on going skiing with children.
Firstly buying new ski clothes for the whole family is expensive. You may not all even enjoy it once you’ve tried it. Look at second-hand options, which can save you a lot of money. Or ask friends if they have any that you can borrow. Items that really do need to be good quality are hats and helmets, gloves, socks, goggles and waterproof footwear.
As well as needing all of the gear, it needs to fit correctly too. Make sure you do this before you go away, rather than wait until you start lessons, as this can be a costly mistake. Check with the Ski schools, what you need to bring as some have specific items they ask the children to wear. All items that can be taken off need to be labelled too.
Consider what will happen when its lunch time, will there be childcare provision during this time? Do the instructors speak a language that your child understands? Make sure you have a good idea where things are, and a map of the resort, just in case you get lost when its time to pick up your child.
Have you heard of the magic carpet lift? It’s one of the best developments to help children in the early learning stages. It’s definitely a useful indicator that a resort is serious about giving your children a great skiing experience.
Base layers – The weight of a base layer has a massive effect on the warmth it produces.
A lightweight base layer is a thin layer that goes next to your skin. It needs to be comfortable and close-fitting. Lightweight base layers are ideal for milder weather with a high level of activity involved.
A midweight layer can be worn as a warmer first layer or as a second layer. Can be combined with a lightweight layer to make it warmer.
A heavyweight layer is designed to add extra insulation, usually with a lightweight layer underneath. Heavyweight layers are usually looser. Heavyweight layers are ideal for cold conditions with any level of activity involved.
Ski jacket – must be water and wind-proof with plenty of zipped pockets and an inner ‘skirt’ if possible to stop the snow from reaching the torso
Salopettes – water and wind-proof, with braces if needed
Ski gloves/mittens – at least 2 pairs each so that you always have a dry pair to wear
Ski goggles/glasses – making sure they fit together when on
Ski socks – don’t buy none ski socks
Ski equipment – helmet, boots and skis. These need to be checked to make sure they are in full working order and are also the right size
Suncream and Lipbalm
Snacks – for some extra energy
Snow boots – so much easier to walk in and have snow fun
If you are wondering what an average day is like both in a ski resort and skiing, here’s a great post from Penny : A day in a life of a luxury ski chalet. All thats needed now is to enjoy your family skiing adventure.