Planning Your Ski Trip: Tips for First-Timers


You never thought you’d muster enough courage to say it, but you finally managed to tell a friend that your kids are starting to get on your nerves.  Their restlessness has become almost unbearable, as their boredom has seemed to reach an all-time high.  You seem to have run out of ideas to keep them preoccupied, and you feel that you yourself need a break from it all.

And then it hits you: What could be “cooler” than a ski vacation?  There will never be a dull moment when you’re skiing with the family, and your kids will definitely enjoy learning how to ski.  Not to mention, you’ll also get that break you’ve been wishing for!  If it’s your first time to go on a ski trip, here are things you should keep in mind as you plan for it:


snow walk
daughter and dad on their way to ski


Choose a ski resort.  At the onset, you may feel that this task is daunting, but it hardly is so.  When picking out a ski resort, consider your needs as a family.  Do you want to spend most of your time on the slopes, or do you want to squeeze in some time to just “chill” in the comforts of one of those luxury ski chalets?  Are you looking to do activities other than skiing?  Also, be sure not to go over your budget. There are discounts given for families who spend nights out on accommodation as a package deal, take use of this offer.


Get the proper gear.  Buy appropriate ski clothes, gloves, goggles, scarves, and hats or helmets. If you opt to buy skishoes, skis and snowboards, get the help of a professional at a store to know the proper sizing. When shopping, ask the retailer for advice on what else you’ll need when you hit the slopes. You can actually rent these too, if you have smaller kids…they grow too fast and next year, the shoes might not fit them anymore. Be sure to get tough gloves to protect your and your kids’ hands from frostbite. Investing in good equipment means money will never go to waste.


Enlist in ski lessons.  They may be a bit pricey, but you and your kids are sure to learn how to ski in a few hours.  And the skills they’ll learn, they will carry with them until they grow older.


Enjoy. Take time off to throw snowballs at each other, you can also build snowmen around, you can take time to sled down the mountain slopes, take videos and silly photos, it won’t hurt to have fun in the middle of an already fun activity. 🙂
Skiing with the family is definitely fun and challenging.  When you play together, you stay together.  Once you finally head home, you’ll realize that all the effort, planning- and spending- was well worth it.



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