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Tips for Surviving Ski Holidays with Toddlers


Here at TaketheFamily, we’re always on the look for innovative, well-thought-out products that make parents’ lives easier, especially when it comes to the tricky business of travel. So we were delighted to discover GOTCHAkids activity ski vests, a brilliantly simple design that lets you keep a firm hold on pint-sized skiers and snowboarders, to steer them and to help them on and off chairlifts. Oh, and toddlers can also use them to carry their own skis…

We asked the firm’s founder, Tignes-based Jo Marro, to share her tips on enjoying ski trips with toddlers and on making them comfortable and confident for their first days in the snow. Here’s what she had to say:

• Do your research and book early for fun morning ski schools for toddlers.

• If your child is a beginner, book a resort with a good choice of nursery slopes.

• Look for child-friendly ski lifts, carpet lifts, chairlifts and rope tows - they're often the highlight of the day.

• Plan other activities for the afternoon, as children can only manage a couple of hours on the slopes at a time.

• Don’t overload yourself or your toddler with unnecessary kit. Keep to the basics and be prepared to carry everything yourself – take a backpack with you with some space in.

• Don’t forget suncream and sunglasses – a MUST in the mountains!

• Take high-energy snacks and a drink.

• Overall, have a LOT of patience, make it enjoyable and be prepared to do a lot of waiting around as opposed to skiing. Remember, to have FUN is the most important part of this learning experience!


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