Tips for skiing with children

Planning on booking a family ski trip? Unsure what you should pack or which ski school to book? It can be quite a daunting task preparing yourself to go skiing with the family, but with a fair few ski seasons under my belt (I might sound like a pro, I’m really more ‘all the gear no idea’) I’ve put together my top tips for skiing with the family and making it run as smoothly as possible.

What to pack

I’ve put together a separate blog post on what I pack for myself, you can find that here, but here’s a quick run down of what I pack for each child (mine are aged 11 and 4). 

  • Thermal baselayers
  • Mid layers (fleece zip up, hoody) You can vary the layers depending on the weather each day.
  • Ski jacket (if your children are younger it might be better to consider an all in one ski suit rather than separates to keep them warm)
  • Sallopettes
  • Ski gloves or mittens
  • Warm wooly hat
  • Snood (I find these work better than scarfs if you get a particularly cold day)
  • Ski helmet & goggles (don’t worry if you don’t have a helmet, you can hire these in resort along with your ski equipment)
  • Ski socks
  • Snow boots (make sure these are warm and waterproof)
  • Sun Cream
Ski Trip Essentials for kids

Other than that just the usual items you would pack for a holiday, pj’s, tops, bottoms etc. Less is more, ski trips tend to be pretty casual including what you wear in the evening for dinner. It’s always worth packing an extra pair of gloves and hat if you are planning venturing out after your day of skiing encase any items are damp.

Tips for skiing with children
Tips for skiing with children

Make it fun

Be prepared that your child may not take to skiing straight away. We’ve loved skiing since the moment our feet stepped on the slopes, as did our eldest. This was not the case with our youngest, even though we’d been taking him along with us on ski trips from 9 months old. He found the whole process extremely tiring, from wearing all the layers everyday, to getting back up when he fell. In this case we decided to put no pressure on him to love skiing, we knew this would come with time. Instead we concentrated on making the trip fun for him, adding in lots of sledging, horse and cart rides, trips to the swimming pool and anything else the resort had to offer. A great tip is to bring some small toys up to the slopes with you, something that will fit into pockets so they can play with in the snow if you are having a coffee. Hot wheels cars tend to work for us.

Tips for skiing with children

Book a smaller resort

If your children are young, or this is their first time skiing I would research a smaller ski resort to start off with. Smaller resorts tend to be less busy, so a little less daunting when trying to get on and off lifts and manoeuvring your way down the nursery slopes.

Ski School or Private Lessons?

This is a personal preference depending on the confidence level of your child. For instance our eldest is quite social and good at making new friends, so we opted for an ESF ski school for him (Usually 3 hours every morning), our youngest is a lot quieter and we knew he wouldn’t enjoy this, so for him we chose an English speaking private instructor. If your child is younger then most family resorts have good childcare facilities on the slopes. We tend to go to France and have previously used both the ESF creche and the younger ski school club Piou Piou.

Tips for skiing with children

Rent your equipment 

Unless you are planning to ski a lot, renting your skis, boots and poles is probably the best way forward. Most ski resorts have great equipment and are happy to help find the right choice for you. The only equipment we invest in for our children apart from their clothes is a good quality ski helmet and pair of goggles. It’s always worth asking if you can rent a locker within the rental shop so you can leave your equipment there each day instead of lugging it around. Trust me, trying to carry a child who’s legs hurt and a couple of pairs of skis all the way back to the chalet is not the one!

Take snacks!

Chocolate bars and snacks upon the mountain are expensive!!! Unless you’re in the minority that is happy to pay €3 for a mars bar to keep the kids happy while you indulge in a coffee with a view, its a good idea to pop a couple of snacks in a backpack or your pockets.

I hope you manage to get some good tips from this post, we enjoy skiing as a family every year, I never thought I’d say it but it’s easily become my favourite holiday. If you have any extra tips for skiing with kids I’d love to hear them.

If you're planning a skiing holiday and not sure what to pack, this handy guide will help you plan what to take.

Are you wondering what to pack for your ski trip?

If you’re planning a skiing holiday it can be a little overwhelming deciding what to take with you. I’ll admit the first time I ridiculously overpacked, but as the seasons have passed I’m pretty confident on what to take with me. Ski trips are mostly relaxed where clothes are concerned, so apart from the ski essentials for the daytime which I’ll list below, you really don’t need much in the evening apart from comfy clothes. Hopefully this guide will help you if you’re looking to go on a ski trip.

Packing the Essentials

  • Ski Jacket
  • Salopettes/Ski Trousers
  • Thermal Base Layers
  • Mid Layers/Fleece Jumper
  • Ski Socks
  • Ski Gloves/Mittens
  • Warm Hat
  • Ski Helmet
  • Ski Goggles
  • Waterproof Snow Boots
  • Neck Warmer/Snood (or colder days)
  • Sun Cream
  • Backpack (if you’re needing to carry gopro, snacks or any other equipment with you.)
If you're planning a skiing holiday and not sure what to pack, this handy guide will help you plan what to take.

Apart from the usual items you would take on holiday (pj’s, beauty essentials etc) I always find it a good idea to pack an extra jacket and maybe a spare pair of gloves encase you want to venture out after skiing and your ski coat is damp/drying.

We prefer to hire our skis, poles and boots in resort as purchasing these can be quite expensive. Most places have excellent equipment available for hire and it’s a lot easier to travel when you are not lugging heavy or oversized equipment with you.

I hope this list helped you, if you have any questions please let me know and I’ll try my best to help or point you in the right direction. I’m also putting together a guide on what to pack for children so keep an eye out for that!

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Family Ski trip to Megeve

Where the love of skiing started…

About 7 years ago my Husband suddenly announced “Why don’t we go skiing?” He’d been a couple of times before but I’d never set foot on a pair of skis, to be honest at the time I couldn’t think of something I wanted to do less! We just had the one child aged 4, and within weeks somehow i’d been convinced and there we were in the lift on our way up the mountain.

I’d be lying if I said I took to it easily, you’ll soon realise if you take children on a ski trip with you that they will be far more natural at it and be overtaking you in no time. However, the scenery, the atmosphere, the apres ski (I was very good at that)… its addictive. As soon as our trip was over all I could think about was when could we go back, the girl who was only interested in hot sunny climates (and certainly not an adrenaline sport lover) suddenly wanted to don the thermals again and get back on the slopes.

Fast forward 7 years, another child and a LOT of ski lessons I can firmly say this is one of my favourite holidays. Once you get the bug for skiing its hard to shift. A couple of weeks ago we headed out to our favourite resort Megeve for a week in the mountains.

Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve

What’s Megeve Like?

Quite simply, Megeve is beautiful. It’s so easy to get to, we fly into Geneva usually from Southampton or Heathrow, and have about an hours transfer over to France. It’s been attracting the rich and famous since the 1920’s and you can see why. Infact in 1963 the Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant film Charade was made on location in Megeve. The centre is filled with cobbled streets and a huge Christmas tree (anywhere with a huge Christmas tree up for months on end is a hit with me), where you can enjoy a walk around the designer boutiques, a glass of something in one of the many bars or maybe a horse drawn sleigh ride.

Family Ski trip to Megeve

Megeve At Night

Walking through the centre at night you’re met with a sea of fairy lights hung from every buiilding. I remember my first time here and couldn’t believe how beautiful it all looked. Megeve certainly comes alive at night, bars, restaurants, music, there’s something for everyone. If you’re holidaying with kids I can recommend Deli’s Pizza, but if you’re popping out for dinner as adults and looking for something a little more special then Hotel St George is the place.

Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve

Heading up the mountain

The slopes are in three parts, Rochbrune, Mont d’Arbois and Le Jaillet, with Mont Blanc in full view. Rochbrune is easily accessed via a main lift from the centre of town, the others via the free ski-buses which mostly run every 10-20 minutes, although there is a cross valley cable car which runs between Rochbrune and Mont d-Arbois. So all slopes are easily accessible from the town, perfect for both beginners and the more advanced skier. Megeve is definitely a family friendly resort, something that was important for us.

Up at the very top of Rochbrune you will find one of my favourite restaurants, ‘Super Megeve’ to sit and have lunch, or maybe just a coffee whilst taking in the most amazing views.

Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve

Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve
Family Ski trip to Megeve

Is there much to do if you don’t ski?

There is lots to do if you don’t fancy getting on a pair of ski’s. You can purchase a walkers pass which will give you access to the lifts to get up to the top and enjoy a walk around and take in the scenery. Also available amongst many other activities I’m sure I’m forgetting is snow walking, hiking, ice skating, sledging etc to indulge in.

In the town you’ll find the Palais des Sports which has various amenities such as rock climbing, a gym, a spa, an ice rink and the most beautiful outdoor thermal pool and sauna in full view of the mountains. There’s nothing to describe swimming around in the warm waters whilst the outside air is in freezing temperatures, it’s heavenly.

Family Ski trip to Megeve

That sums up our little trip to Megeve for this year, it’s so easy to get to if you’re a family looking for a place to ski with a bit of something for everyone. We’re already looking forward to returning next year! Are you a family that ski’s? I’d love to hear where you go!

So unless you’ve been in hiding the past few weeks you may have noticed the buzz around Marie Kondo and her current series on Netflix ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’. I first came across Kondo’s methods a couple of years ago after a friend recommended her book to me, The life-changing Magic of tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising.

Being a busy mum of two, sometimes I feel as if the mess in the house gets a little bit on top of me, and that feeling can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed and unproductive. So I decided to do something about it. After reading the famous book, I set about following her methods, although not to the letter (I can’t quite get on board with thanking your clothes before you throw them away if I’m honest, if the size 10 jeans don’t fit me I’m not gonna thank them, I’m just gonna swear at them and throw them out!), all the time remembering the one simple premise… keep only the things in your home that spark joy, everything else can go.

Now I’m certainly not a hoarder by any means, but I am guilty of having a wardrobe of hardly worn items (I tend to wear the same things over and over) and toys that the boys have long outgrown and probably should have been passed on many years ago.

As the whole Kon Mari method can be a bit confusing and overwhelming, Ive put together a simple guide of the things I found most helpful, and the methods I find easiest to keep on top of.

1. Tackle tidying by categories

Before I knew about Marie Kondo, my method of tidying would be to tackle one room at a time. I’d set days that I would complete this, and by the time I got round to tidying all the rooms they were all messed up and it was time to start all over again. It always felt like such a mammoth task so I’d often let it slip. Kondo suggests tidying and organising by categories, starting with clothes (everyones clothes), and moving onto different categories once each is finished.

2. Fold clothes, don’t hang

Rather than hanging most clothes in a wardrobe, Kondo suggests that most items are best placed folded in drawers, with the exception of coats, jackets, dresses and skirts. Before I started this our wardrobes were fit to bursting and it was always a task to see an outfit to wear amongst the mess. Following Kondo’s vertical folding technique (this took a while to master, but its worth it, I promise!) I started folding the majority of our clothes. I can’t tell you how much more organised I feel seeing the neat little rows of clothes lined up in the drawers, once its started its fairly easy to maintain, and I feel much less stressed without everything falling out on me when I open the wardrobe doors. Even my eldest son has started to at least put his clothes back in the right places which is a huge help! Just my Husband to convert now!

3. Only keep items that ‘Spark Joy’

I often feel guilty when I pack things away for charity, or throw things away, especially if they belong to the boys. By only keeping things that truly ‘spark joy’ its allowed me to be a lot more ruthless when organising things. My wardrobe is a true testament to this, by piling up all I own in one place and only placing items back that truly spark joy, and I enjoy wearing, it allowed me to be a lot more ruthless and finally throw away those size 10 jeans.

4. Have a place for sentimental items

I often think that I keep far too many sentimental items. Christmas cards from the boys ever since they were born, babygrows, baby blankets, every certificate they’ve ever got. Kondo teaches you that its ok to keep these things as long as theres a place for them. I decided to put a plastic box in each boys wardrobe and put all the sentimental bits in them. This way I know where everything is and it’ll be a nice thing for them to look through when they’re older.

5. Its far better to have fewer things you love rather than lots of things you like

After clearing out my clothes I defintely have a lot less items than before, but they’re items that I love wearing. Its a much easier task to choose an outfit and find that I’m happy in my choice. In fact you could say I’ve fallen back in love with my wardrobe, I no longer feel the desire to go out shopping for new when I have so many nice options at home.

I hope that this has helped in some way to break down some of the key simple elements to Kondo’s methods. If you’re looking for a way to simplify some of the material things in your life, maybe finally work out that capsule wardrobe, I’d certainly recommend looking into reading the book, or watching the series.

Have you tried the Kondo method? I’d love to hear your tips!

What’s better at this time of year than a Valentines Gift Guide. I’ll be honest, we’re not a household that go big for this celebration, we tend to have a meal together and maybe some flowers. However I do love a gift guide, it’s probably my favourite blog post to put together, so if you’re looking for a special gift for your loved one, then look no further than this gift guide for some inspiration…. or who says you can’t treat yourself?

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Wanderlust Petite Nova Star Gold Hoop Earrings
Lush Peach and Love
Red Heart Umbrella
Everything I Know About Love
Veuve Clicquot Rose Magnet Message
HERBIVORE Coco Rose Body Polish
Jo Malone London Red Roses Bath Oil
DIPTYQUE Centifolia Candle
Love Potion Chocolates
Sterling Silver Midi Ring
Edinburgh Valentine’s Gin
Awesome People Club Mug
Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm