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Ski holidays are well known in the travel industry for being a great all-around holiday idea for families, couples, and singles alike. Parents who ski will love being able to share this skilled hobby with kids, and most kids will relish the chance to play in the snow – so everybody wins. If you’ve never booked a ski holiday before, or perhaps this is your first time ever hitting the slopes, there’s no better time – Iglu Ski are reporting fresh snowfall all over the Alps! Here are my tips for getting it right this ski season.
Choose The Right Resort
The wonderful thing about snow vacations is that there really is something for everyone – so pick the resort that matches your skills and interests. If you’re a novice but your partner is more experienced on the slopes, look for a resort that has a great ski school so they can feel challenged while you nail the basics. Likewise for family trips, try to accommodate everyone’s interests – grown up kids will appreciate the nightlife in Verbier, Austria, while if you’re travelling with young children it’s best to choose a family-friendly resort with ski schools for different ages and abilities, like La Rosiere or Alpe D’Huez.
Time It Right
When it comes to booking any holiday, it’s hard to be spontaneous as a parent. My experience has taught me for the best prices, it’s best to either book well in advance or book right at the last minute. Last minute deals are easier to negotiate if you book somewhere nearby to you, and makes a great weekend surprise for the kids. However, there are some things you should still book in advance – like ski school classes, to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Be sure also to ensure everybody’s passports are well within their renewal dates, and because skiing classifies as an adventure sports holiday, be sure that you organize specialist travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked your hotel, in case of any accidents.
Enjoy Your Vacation
There’s always the pressure – especially with resource and cost intensive snowsports holidays – to hit the slopes all day, every day. It’s worth remembering that you are on holiday – so relax a little. You might want to head to the spa one day, or do some sightseeing around the resort. Little ones get tired easily, so have a rest before they have a chance to throw a tantrum. There might be more low-impact fun to have, be it ice skating, enjoying a yummy hot chocolate, or taking a sleigh-ride tour of the local area.