16 hot family ski holiday hacks

Family ski holiday hacks

Believe it or not, skiing has been around since before the wheel. While it’s only been seen as a leisure sport for a few hundred years, cave paintings dating back as far as 20,000 years show early man attaching sticks to his feet. It’s safe to either assume that it was as a mode of transport… or that Ice Age Louboutins needed a bit of refining.

Skiing, and all the gear that comes with it, has certainly come a long way since then, but if it’s your first family ski trip it’s still hard to know where to start.

Making snow balls at Charlotte pass Ski resort

So we’ve put together some hot family ski holiday hacks to ensure your family has a cool holiday on ice.

1. Resort report

Family ski holiday hacks

Sure you can get great deals by choosing to stay at a nearby own and staying on snow does cost a little more, but we think its worth it. When skiing with younger kids staying on the snow means less distance to lug gear, and the kids, and there’s always somewhere to go if they need time out.  Size doesn’t always matter. Its also important that when it comes to family ski holidays size really doesn’t matter as often the smaller ski resorts are more intimate, less crowded and better cater for families.

Japan’ ski resorts are brilliant for families with excellent facilities. Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is especially great for kids, with as much to do of the slopes as their is on them. In Australia,  our there’s plenty on offer at Perisher Resort, Thredbo Resort and Falls Creek Resort with kids as there is so much on site for families to enjoy.

Another Aussie favourite is Charlotte Pass Snow Resort, the highest ski village in Australia. Accessible only by over snow transport from Perisher, there’s great on snow accommodation, kids’ care and a fantastic ski school with a personal touch that our kids really responded to. It almost feels like  staying with some long lost loaded ski resort-owning uncle, such is the family atmosphere.  And, as it doesn’t get as busy as some of the bigger resorts, there was plenty of room for our little skiers to manoeuvre their way down the slopes. There are no queues either. Well hardly any, except those one or two times when we had to wait as long as 30 seconds for our turn on the poma.

2. Insure it

One of our most important family ski holiday hacks starts before you even depart home. And is a not negotiable. Get insurance. Families planning a holiday can’t afford not to have travel insurance but for those planning to holiday on ice, it’s essential. But be careful to ensure  your insurance includes comprehensive ski cover, as most policies don’t automatically include it.

3. Snow play

Family ski holiday hacks: Kids sized snowmobiles at Falls Creek

When choosing a resort its an idea to check to see if they have enough other activities for kids as not all tykes take to skiing and not all resorts allow alternative options like sledding, snowmobiling (though kids have to be over a certain age or share with an adult) and snow tubing.

4. Leave a light on

When driving on icy roads remember to go slow, always keep your headlights on and leave loads of room between you and the car in front, unless you want your drive to resemble a slippery session of snow dodgems.

5. Chain gang

If you are driving, don’t forget tyre chains. In fact, to enter Kosciusko National Park, gateway to several of NSW’s biggest ski resorts, you’re legally obliged to carry them unless you are in a 4WD. Chains can be hired at most ski rental stores in the bigger towns outside of resort areas, just make sure someone shows you how they fit.

7. School’s in

Family ski holiday hacks - Ski School is a must for kids

Your entire family will have a far better time if you all do lessons, so be sure to start your ski experience at ski school to get you and your kids’ snow skills up to speed and to provide an opportunity for kids to hang out with people their own age. Raffles loved honing his skills as was an eager student and Sugarpuff, who had her first lesson this year, not only made a new BFF but was skiing like a pro after just two stints of ski school.

8. Too cool for ski school?

If you have little members of the family who are too small for ski school, make sure there are adequate childcare facilities at your chosen resort, and that they are situated in a convenient and easily accessible location so you can reach them quickly in the event of an emergency.

9. Hire it

Family ski holiday hacks - Wear helmets when you ski

One of our top family ski holiday hacks to save families a fortune is to hire. Ski gear is pricey and there’s a whole bunch of it to gather. But you don’t need designer duds and the kids will grow out of theirs in seconds. So if it’s your first time and you don’t know yet what gear best suits you and yours, hiring is the best, and cheapest, bet. Here are more tips on what to wear skiing for first timers.

10. Heads up

Unless you want to reenact Humpty Dumpty, make sure your kids are wearing properly fitted helmets because kids heads aren’t all that easy to put back together again either. It’s also important to ensure they are worn correctly (positioned low enough in front to protect the forehead and not too tight or loose) for maximum protection because there ain’t much use wearing them as a decoration. Parents’ heads are fairly important too, so set a good example with a helmet of your own.

11. These Boots are made for walking 

Family ski holiday hacks

Do splurge on some cosy après ski boots (you can pick them up reasonably cheap). They help keep the kids safe on icy surfaces while keeping their tiny toes toasty warm. Ski socks are another wise investment too as they’re designed not to slip on the feet and help to reduce the risk of blisters. .

12. Screen time

There’s nothing worse than a goggle tan but people seem to forget to screen before they ski. It may be cold but snow reflects the sun and makes little faces even more susceptible to burning.  We carry a mini tube in our jackets so there’s no excuses not to slather it on every few hours.

13. Snack and go

A day on the snow can be as exhausting as it is fun so be sure to fill their pockets with a few healthy, energy snacks like Babybel cheese or even a small chocolate treat. Raffles is such a dedicated skier he has to be reminded to eat, something that is almost unheard of when it comes to my little glutton.

14. Fight club

Family ski hacks: snowfight at Charlotte's Pass

A snowball fight is obligatory and your vicious wee children will turn on you. Be prepared for both the onslaught and a steamy hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire afterwards.

15. High and dry

Find and use the drying room at your accommodation to keep your gear dry. There’s nothing worse than watching the kids try to wriggle into cold wet clothes, except perhaps wriggling into cold wet clothes yourself.

16. Do you wanna build a snowman?

SNow much fun at Charlotte Pass Ski Resort

The kids number one on their list of family ski holiday hacks? Pack an extra scarf and a carrot so the kids can build an epic snowman or two. A feather boa is a nice touch if you want yours to go as glam as we do.

12 Comments on 16 hot family ski holiday hacks

  1. Em @ Have A Laugh On Me
    August 22, 2016 at 11:14 am (8 years ago)

    I wish my kid had learned to sky young! I haven’t been for ages, I’d love to get back on the slopes one day x

      August 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm (8 years ago)

      They pick it up so quick Em!

  2. Grace
    August 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh, what fun!! We didn’t get to the snow this year but we spent 2 weeks in Northern Japan earlier this year so I guess we’ve had our snow quota for the year. Which is a shame. Looks like it’s been totally awesome this season! Powder heaven!

      August 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm (8 years ago)

      It has been an epic season but I think two weeks in Japan would be hard to beat 🙂

      August 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Christine. The snow is their happy place.

  3. Michelle
    August 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm (8 years ago)

    We are looking forward to hitting the slopes again next season when our kids are both old enough to be in ski school. AWESOME snowball photo!!Absolutely agree with the need for kids to wear a helmet – snow is a hard surface to land on. We need to keep kids safe on the snow too.

      August 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Michelle, You’ll have a hoot next season.

      August 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s easier than it looks. You should definitely give it a go 🙂

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm (8 years ago)

    These are great tips! There are things that I wouldn’t have thought of as we don’t have kids but I’d imagine they make a huge difference! 😀

  5. Kim
    September 13, 2016 at 8:28 am (8 years ago)

    I think I need to book a ski trip next year now! My boys would love it!


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