Planning a Family Skiing Holiday
As many parents will already know, the logistics of booking a family ski holiday are quite unique. The fate of the entire trip comes almost entirely down to the planning process, which is precisely why leaving things to chance is most certainly not a wise idea.
Along with a proactive approach, a little expert advice can certainly go a long way. So for those heading out to the slopes this year with kids in-tow, here are our top five tips for ensuring your family ski trip is every bit as relaxing as you’d like it to be:
1 – Resort Choice
First of all, it’s a good idea to remember that some ski resorts will always be inherently more family-friendly than others. From the difficulty of the skiing itself to the local amenities on offer to the clientele and more, there’s plenty to take into account when it comes to choosing the best possible resort. Even if it means looking beyond the most obvious options, doing so could make a huge difference to your family ski trip.
2 – Accommodation Selection
As for the actual accommodation itself, you simply cannot go wrong with luxury catered chalets in Meribel or Courchevel. To stay in a luxury chalet is to enjoy compete and total privacy at all times, along with an endless array of home comfort and the pure enjoyment of a week-long family sleepover. From your own private catering service to the most exquisite resort locations and a world of additional perks, luxury chalets in Courchevel and Meribel really do tick all the right boxes for a family ski trip.
3 – Reserve Your Equipment
Aside from the kids themselves, the biggest logistical challenge almost always tends to be that of getting all the equipment you’ll be needing from A to B. Realistically however, you will probably already be loaded down with so much luggage that it simply makes sense to hire your equipment at the resort itself. More specifically, you might want to think about organising and reserving equipment you’ll be needing ahead of time, in order to have it ready and waiting for you upon your arrival.
4 – Beyond Skiing
Try to remember that the attention span of the average child probably isn’t quite the same as your own, which means that a family ski trip often needs to be about much more than just skiing. Some kids fall in love with the slopes and you’ll have a hard time keeping them away. For others however, the allure isn’t quite the same and you’ll need to be ready to provide plenty of alternative entertainment. This again should be factored into your decision-making process when it comes to choosing your resort and accommodation.
5 – Don’t Plan Too Intensively
Last but not least, given the fact that meticulous planning as far in advance of the trip as possible is mandatory, this might sound like a counterproductive tip. What we’re referring to in this instance is the kind of planning that involves coming up with something of an hour by hour schedule and essentially allocating every last minute of the trip to something specific. Perhaps the single most important key to success when it comes to family ski trips is that of going with the flow, expecting the unexpected and accepting that things don’t always go exactly to plan. So rather than carving out a daily itinerary, see instead where your mood (and of course that of your kids!) takes you.
Hopefully this advice will help you as your start planning your family ski trip to the 3 Valleys. If you’ve seen all that you need to and want to book a luxury chalet in Meribel or Courchevel then take a look at our availability pages today.
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