The idea of going on a family skiing holiday is for both the parents and children to enjoy the moments together. But going on trips with children, especially those involving outdoor activities like skiing, can lead to a nervous breakdown on the thought of all possible complications, such as accidents, tantrums, or lost goggles or gloves. Nevertheless, more and more families are willing to try skiing holidays each year, so you may need the following tips to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free time:

1. Research and choose your resort carefully

It is important to choose a destination that is close to the motorway to avoid the fatigue and discomfort that comes with long transfers. This entails researching how easy the logistics will be for your family, as well as the suitability of your accommodation with regard to the ski school and your group’s abilities. Check web cams and snow reports of different resorts in the weeks leading to the holiday for safety reasons. The resort should offer both beginner and intermediate runs so your children have an opportunity to learn and test their skills.

checklist_large2. Prepare a checklist

Every morning before going out, discipline yourself to go through your rigorous checklist, which may include items like goggle, hat, sunglasses, ski pass, gloves or mittens, sun cream, lip salve, and other essential items. You can be certain that at least one of your family members will discover something that they have forgotten once they reach the top of the gondola lift, so you should take it upon yourself to ensure that this does not happen.

3. Keep calm

You should try to maintain a strong grip on temper and patience, even when you can’t wait to test the slopes yourself. Being irate tends to transmit to the rest of the group rapidly, causing them to become nervous. Being calm will ensure that subsequent days go smoothly.

4. Give your children some space

Skiing can be tedious when little, so you should consider taking your children for a few lessons at a local indoor snow centre before heading out to the mountains. When skiing, you should let your children experiment with different techniques freely, instead of trying to impart them with your skiing skills. They tend to learn by simply watching and doing, as opposed to following formal instructions.

As long as your children remain happy and entertained, they will improve rapidly and have a great time. That said, you should pick the appropriate terrain, cheer them encouragingly, and assess their pace so they know when to stop for a hot cup of chocolate.

Tablet pc showing weather forecast on screen with a cup of coffe5. Watch the weather

As much as you want your children to have different skiing experiences, you should not ski in horrible weather. It is unlikely that the memories of skiing in such shocking conditions will be recalled with much fondness. In fact, the cold and frightening experience may put them off skiing forever. If you are uncertain about the weather, find an alternative fun event for your family, such as going out for a movie or visiting a water fun centre.

One last idea, be flexible with your plans. Children tend to have sudden mood swings, and can move rapidly from being full of energy to extremely tired and hungry. When skiing, multiple the effect by two and prepare for it. Have some alternative plans and your piste map in hand for when the need arises.