Prepping For That First Ski Trip, With Kids
Getting the kids out on the slopes early is a terrific way to set your family up for awesome family adventures and vacations for years to come. And while many parents look most forward to the après part of their ski trip most, with some pre-planning, getting the kids out there on the hill for the first time can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone.
How early can you start? Most ski camps and programs will take kids as young as three years old; some even younger. If you’re planning that first trip with kids, make sure to follow this check list to get the most from your ski holiday.
Check out the Kids Ski Programs at the mountain. Many have all-inclusive programs, but may be age restrictive (for example from three years to 16). If you’re interested, most will also offer private lessons, but naturally at a higher cost. It is worth the investment to have a professional teach your kids at the beginning.
If you’re not sure you want to make the investment in ski equipment for your kids, it can be a good idea to rent from the resort. They’ll often have “ski (or snowboard) packages” which will include boots, poles, skis, and a helmet. Helmets are mandatory (not to mention an excellent idea) for kids on most hills. Kids grow quickly also, so look into “Ski Swaps” to buy gently used equipment, and for trades next year.