Family Time on the Slopes

If you really want to get it right, we have a tried and tested formula – generation follows generation to our two family friendly ski resorts.

You deserve a break with your family where there is no need to spend your hard-earned cash on every blink of the eye in a snowy winter paradise.

Our children, now eleven and twelve years old, have grown up in the mountains, and I can promise you it isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

If you really want to get it right, we have a tried and tested formula – generation follows generation to our two family friendly ski resorts.

You deserve a break with your family where there is no need to spend your hard-earned cash on every blink of the eye in a snowy winter paradise.

Our children, now eleven and twelve years old, have grown up in the mountains, and I can promise you it isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

 

The memories of waking up, and having breakfast in your ski thermals, your kids ready to don those cosy ski suits and crash helmets, are ones to never forget.
What better gift to give your child than the love of the mountains and this passion they could thrive off forever.
Make precious memories with your family – what could be more special than watching your little ones wobbling on skis for the first time?
Perhaps seeing the end result as the years pass and they begin to overtake you…

Kids Ski Schools in Les Saisies and Arosa come recommended

Kids expect to feel comfortable and at home with their instructor.  Speaking English is the main criteria, together with safety, fun and progress – it’s all there and all part of the holiday experience.

For lessons, arrive early, preferably the day prior to get rentals if needed, and to get tickets in hand . It is great to let your children—especially if they are very young (3-6 years)—know where they are going and what will take place throughout the day, to reassure them.

Kids learn differently to grownups. Most kids need to get the basic idea of what you want them to do, and then they need to go do it. Repetition with coaching is the prescription for children. They will learn by doing and not realise that they are getting taught something.

Talk about the trip long before you go and continue to talk about it more and more as the date approaches. Set expectations, show videos, etc. They will get so excited.

 

Private lessons are great but not for every child. And a private lesson is not the “golden ticket” to becoming an expert skier. Some children will not do well in a group lesson and should be considered for private instruction. Most kids enjoy being around others their own age and ability. A good instructor will engage the group with social interaction as well as ski improvements and will end the day with excitement from the accomplishments and for the next day.

If the child is taking a lesson, remind him that he can ask his instructor for help when needed.

 

Enjoy Some Me-Time In The Mountains

You will have time to take some well-deserved time off on your family ski holiday.

Picture yourself relaxing with a Gluewein or hot chocolate in a cosy wooden hut, taking in the beautiful mountain panoramas and enjoying the peace and quiet whilst the kids are at ski school.

If they’re not old enough to ski, maybe you can tempt your parents to join the holiday chalet atmosphere.

There are walks, benches, tea-rooms, ducks and squirrels to feed, playgrounds, free bus service, museum, mountain church for singing, speciality shops, sunshine – a paradise for three generations of family.

If you fancy letting your hair down in the town,  you can chill out in the knowledge that your kids are in safe hands in the comfort of your own chalet.

If their grandparents don’t come, Helen will be familiar to your children and can pop upstairs to babysit on a flexible basis.

That is what our self catering ski chalet holidays in Arosa, are all about.

How Young Is Too Young?

When it comes to their debut on skis, it’s important to do it right – if you’re too pushy or force them into it before they’re ready they may well end up disliking it, and no skier parent wants that.

My children graduated from sledges and bumboards to skis aged 3 (for about 2 hours per day), which arguably is too young, but you will always see it, each to their own, as long as everyone is safe.

You can even come on holiday with your family and babies and toddlers – Arosa is a wonderland for young and old alike.  The increase in altitude by rail or road is gentle enough not to cause damage to the ear-drums (noted by screaming and cured by providing something to suck – even it is just your thumb).

The best thing is to get them on the snow first, playing and exploring and getting accustomed to being in the mountains. Start with a Sunday lunch time taster hour where, through play, they will do their first right turn left turn, stop.  You’ll then know if they’re ready to jump into a two hour session each morning.

On average at about 4 they’ll be ready to try it out, and ready to carry their own skis, and ease them in slowly.
The first linked turns are moment you’ll treasure forever!  Probably this is a reason why many families return generation after generation, purely to repeat those early memories with their children.

Lessons For Little Ones

When they’re small and their attention spans are short they’ll need plenty of snacks and time to play. With all the attention on your child, they’ll be much better looked after (think loo stops) and the instructor will be sensitive to their ability.

Pace yourself. Let them learn at their own speed. When they get tired, stop and have some hot chocolate, make a snow cone or build a snowman. Don’t rush their time to explore and learn.

Group lessons are more sociable as the kids get older, and certainly the cheaper option, with the group race at the end of the week and the log book to show the instructor next year.

Teachers are trained to note those struggling in a group and kids are moved up or down to keep it manageable and fun for all.
This way, no-one is left behind or risk losing confidence.

How can parents ensure their children remain excited about skiing after a lesson? Have your child show you what they learned in their ski class. It’s amazing how psyched a kid can become to show a parent their new trick, and likely the parent will be amazed.

Terrain and ability selection are critical. Ski where they can ski, not where you want to ski.

As they grow up and become stronger and more mobile, they’ll most likely benefit from switching back to group lessons. As they approach the teen years (scary, I know), they’ll have fun exploring pistes and different terrain with peers (like the below video of teenagers tearing up the slopes in 1952!).

Get The Gear Right

You don’t want a shivering cold child in the harsh Christmas holidays conditions, nor do you want a sweaty complaining person come the Easter months.

The wrong amount of layers resulting in an uncomfortable skiing experience for your child will be sure to put them off!

Get clued up on what your child needs, and invest in decent, technical kit. Keeping them warm in winter and nice and cool in spring is the key to a happy ski holiday for everyone.

Make Your Holiday Go As Smoothly As Possible

Like I said, a ski break with children doesn’t need to be stressful in any way.

There are a few things to consider to help ensure there are no bumps along the way, and to maximise every family member’s pleasure.

Always protect kids’ eyes with goggles or glasses and their skin with sunscreen.

Have kids walk around in boots so the feeling is familiar.

While we want to see improvements in technique, we want to create motivation for improvement from within the child.

Before you try and teach your child to ski, make sure you have solid skiing skills, so you can completely focus on them.

And make learning a game, not just talk. Games like pizza/French-fries and red light/green light are great.

Dress kids for comfort—layers are best. It can make things easier to remove if they become warm, and layers keep them warm if it’s cold outside (but also put hand warmers in their pockets just in case).

Stay Warm And Dry

Soggy gloves and frozen toes won’t leave your child begging for their next ski holiday.

Have a think about the time of year you want to go: if you’ve got fragile little ones or first-timers, it could be wise to avoid the coldest months.

 

Little Legs Won’t Want To Walk Far

Resorts that spread over different mountains and towns can cause added stress, and make tired children even more tired.

The early start for ski school will be helped by having a short and convenient ‘commute’ from the chalet.  Chalet Runca has a short door to door free resort bus access to ski school and creche. Chalet Very Joly needs the car for beginners at least at the beginning of the week.

Smaller resorts based around one town are best for little people shuffling around in mini ski boots, and keeping everyone in one place always makes for an easier family experience, especially when the teenagers are up for exploring – Arosa fits this criteria.

Save The Hassle Of Supermarket Queues

If you’ve got young ones, you’re probably getting a bit fed up with the daily grind of writing shopping lists, pushing around trolleys and night after night of cooking supper.

For Chalet Very Joly, treat yourself to the holiday where you have pick of the bargains in the hyper market off them mountain en route to the chalet at the beginning of the holiday – then essentials can be bought when you come off the slopes as and when needed.

The kitchens are a pleasure to cook in and large enough for it to be a social fun, easy occasion.  We’ll even provide our favourite recipes and shopping list.  With a delicious supper to look forward to, and a rota in place, you can relax with your family, resting your legs after a long day on the slopes.

Get Planning

Ski holidays don’t come better!  Get in contact with us to start this memorable adventure.