Planning to bring the whole family to a skiing holiday?

Imagine the opportunity to have some family bonding time!  It is also a great opportunity to bring the kids outdoors and for a change, pry them off their position in from of the tv or computer screens.

Yes, make a plan to bring the family, as this is the best way for you to introduce your children to the sport, which they will learn to love the way you do.  What’s best about bringing children is that they are still young and do not have hang-ups or fears they will have to struggle against when they grow up.  Your choice of ski resort will prove crucial in making the holiday an unforgettable one for your children.

Bear in mind that not all ski resorts are suitable for your family, especially if you have little ones.  You also want to have the best value and most affordable ski resort you can find.

What are the criteria you should use when choosing the right ski resort?

First, look at resorts that have bunny slopes or beginner slopes.  It should also have slopes for those who are looking to improve their skills.  These slopes should also be near the hotel so that you don’t have to use the ski lift a lot.  Remember that an easy walk for you may be tough for children.  If you do have to use the ski lift, ask about the queues in the resort.  You will want to avoid long queues, especially if you have children in tow.

Also, the ideal ski resort should have a lot of other activities available, so that there is something to keep the youngsters busy and out of mischief.  Opportunities for entertainment, such as snowboarding, ice skating, swimming pools, the cinema, a games arcade and other indoor fun and games would be great to have.  The children may not want to spend the entire holiday skiing so make sure that there are plenty of other fun things for them to do.

The service and staff should also be friendly as well as efficient.  Of course, another factor would be the distance, as you would not want to be inundated with the question, “Are we there yet?” several times during a long trip.  As much as possible, keep the transfer and trips short and sweet.

It will also be wonderful to go to a ski resort that is able to take care of your kids, which will give you some time to enjoy the adult slopes yourself.

One other thing you should consider is the budget.  You would want to go to the best yet most affordable ski resort available.  When computing for the cost, ask if children are given discounts for lift tickets.  Some resorts offer free rides to children ages 7 and below, while some specify a price band for a certain age group.  This would be important when you are preparing the budget for the skiing holiday.

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