Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Organising a Family Ski Holiday

Getting away from it all and hitting the slopes with your family can be a fantastic experience. Whilst the thought of organising a family ski holiday may be a bit daunting for some parents, especially if your children are very young, there's no reason why it can't be a great success.

Organising a Family Ski Holiday A great place to start is by looking at which resorts boast themselves as being family friendly. Almost every resort will have some form of family aspect, although some will be better equipped than others. The French Ministry of Tourism has created the Family Plus label, this is awarded to French resorts which demonstrate that they can offer a high level of services to the different needs of children and their parents. Top rated resorts such as Val d'Isere and La Plagne are proud holders of this certification.

If you have young children, check out the childcare facilities available at resorts, most resorts allow children to take up skiing lessons from the age of three or four and many will combine the lessons with lunch time supervision - leaving you to hit the slopes and enjoy yourself with peace of mind. The state-side resort of Smugglers Notch, regularly voted number one in North America for its family programmes, provides ski instruction for kids as young as two and half years old and holds a glowing reputation for its ski schools.

To ensure that your kids are kept engaged throughout the holiday, especially if there are bad weather days, make sure you pick a resort that offers a wide range of non-ski activities. For example, the charming French resort of Les Arcs offers a whole host of extra activities, including tobogganing, ice skating, husky dog sleigh rides and the cinema.

Another thing to consider is the length of time it will take you to reach your chosen resort, if you have young children with a tendency to get restless, try and look for a ski resort that requires minimum journey time. The Morzine skiing area in France, located close to the Geneva International Airport, is perhaps one of the easiest and quickest resorts to reach once you've landed.

Megan is a content writer for last minute ski deals, which is part of Interactive Resorts, the UK's biggest ski travel agent.

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