A ski holiday is an excellent choice for getting the family active together outdoors and the Easter holidays are a good time to take this kind of break. This kind of holiday with kids is easier than you may think. If you plan and prepare correctly and choose the right resort you are sure to have a fabulous time during your Easter family skiing break.
What to think about when planning an Easter ski break?
There are a few different things you should think about when planning a family ski trip. Planning and preparing before you go and making sure you choose the right options will mean you make the most of your holiday together. Here are a few things you should think of before you go.
What type of accommodation should you choose?
A child-friendly Chalet is the best option for families and there are different styles and boards you can choose from. There are self-catering options to all-inclusive stays and when booking with a specialist family friendly operator you will have everything you need for even the youngest children. some operators have everything you need for young children and babies. Safety features such as stair gates and locks can be included, and some have a playroom perfect for little ones.
Which items do you need to buy or rent?
Some things you will need to bring with you such as layers and warm clothing but there are other things you should rent as a more cost-effective option. Items such as boots, ski-suits and jackets are much better to rent especially for children who may be different sizes each year. You may have everything included in your package or need to check locally about rentals in your resort. Also, remember to bring along special items that your kids are attached to keep them happy during the trip.
Do you need ski lessons?
If it is the first ski holiday, then the whole family will benefit from ski lessons. But even if the adults in the family can ski well, children will definitely benefit from lessons in the resort. It is best you don’t think about teaching your kids yourself. Expert ski instructors can offer a better way to teach children and specialise in this as professionals. Kids will often listen and take on board instructions from others better than if being taught by parents. If you have the option, ski lessons are always a good idea.
What is included and what activities are available?
When booking you will want to know if your lift passes are included and how much that will cost if they are not included. Check about children’s or family passes to as this can often save you money. When skiing as a family you will want to have plenty of other things to do to keep the family entertained in the resort. When you know what is available it gives you a great chance to plan your time away from skiing during your break.
Check the weather for the Easter break
Although the Easter holidays are considered out of season, there are still some resorts with great weather for skiing. What you need when it comes to spring skiing are glacier resorts or destinations that are located in a northerly location. Check with your tour operator for the best places to go at this time of year.
Where to go for Easter skiing?
Here are some of the best places to visit at this time of year for family skiing. The great thing about this season is that the weather is warmer, the days are longer and there is more time for outdoor activities. So you can enjoy more quality time with your family.
This ski destination is great for families of varied skiing abilities. La Plange is within a ski area that combines eleven resorts across the varying mountain terrain. This means that all types of slopes are available for visitors staying here. The surrounding resorts are all linked by free buses and a cable car making it easy to get around to the different slopes.
When it comes to fun activities there are plenty of things to do in La Plange. There is an artificial frozen waterfall to try ice climbing and the fantastic Olympic Bobsleigh run which is open to the public. For younger children, there’s plenty to enjoy too, from the Igloo Village and the Ice Cave to the Super Tyro zip-line, snowmobiling and traditional sledging. La Plange has child-friendly chalets available to book in the resort these include everything you need for a family stay.
During April in La Plange, there is the Subli’Cimes festival which includes skiing and plenty of activities for all types of visitors to enjoy.
Tignes and Val d’Isère
Tignes offers year-round skiing due to the presence of the glacier, and the spring months are an excellent time to visit. When staying in Tignes you have access to both Tignes and Val d’Isère areas. From the main resort centre of Val Claret and Tignes, you can get the ski lifts either towards Val d’Isère and the other towards Aiguille Percée.
If you are looking for adventurous things to do then Tignes won’t disappoint. There’s the opportunity for mountain biking along the lower mountains and walking and climbing too. More extreme activities include helicopter tours, paragliding flights and sleigh riding. Indoor activities can also be enjoyed such as bowling alley, ice skating and even an indoor cinema and a rock-climbing wall.
Although this is a large resort, as you can see it is still great for families as there is plenty to do.
Les Deux Alps
For a relaxed ski break in the spring, Les Deux Alps is a great choice. Beginner lessons are plentiful making it an excellent place for kids to learn on the nursery slopes. There are varied slopes too, so even the adults in the group can enjoy some great skiing. There are also childcare options, which is great for families with small children who can’t yet ski but when adults want to head out to the slopes.
There are some excellent activities to take part in whilst off the slopes too. These include horse-riding, biking and beach volleyball on the artificial beach. When the weather is good, there is lots of exploring to do outdoors and there are lots of beautiful views to take in.
Accommodation here is great for families, with family-friendly chalets with everything you need included. You can enjoy a relaxing ski trip with everything is taken care of.
Will you take a family ski trip this Easter?
Taking a family ski trip at Easter time is a great idea, and as you can see there are some great places to go and plenty of things to do. There will also be many other families with the same idea, so you will find like-minded parents and children in the same resort. With family-friendly chalets, different catering options to suit your needs and many types of activities to enjoy, why wouldn’t you choose a skiing holiday as your next family break?