Just home from another memorable ski holiday in Megève with SB Ski, feeling super fit and exhilarated, ski clothes are washed, ski boots are dried and buckled and skis are serviced – and all stored away ready for another year.
So now is the time to start planning the next family ski holiday – and to start the “ski talk” with the whole family!
So much to plan and organise. The where? (definitely a family friendly resort such as Megève which offers lots of other on and off mountain activities and with the superb ski lessons with SB Ski own team of instructors) and when? (especially if thinking about ½ term, but perhaps we will look at Christmas or New Year and enjoy the Alpine festivities OR much less expensive Easter holidays with longer days and quieter slopes?). The budget for our holiday? Apart from the chalet accommodation, how much will the ski passes, ski hire etc cost? How to get there? (shall we drive – or fly and get transfers to the resort?). Will we need to buy some new ski clothing for the children? (better start looking in places like TKMaxx and at online sales – and perhaps donate the outgrown ski gear to charity or sell on Ebay?). And of course, we need keep up our fitness!
It is great to build the excitement with the children for the next holiday by reminiscing about the last one. We look at the piste maps, talk about our favourite runs and favourite restaurants and hot chocolate stops. Chat about the children’s achievements, remember the new ski friends we all made (and perhaps get in touch with them to plan to all go back at the same time next year). We often record all our “ski talk” on a smartphone, great to hear again in the future.
It is well recognised that ski holidays assist in building the 5 key pillars of a child’s development: Social, Physical, Cognitive, Confidence and Fitness + Health.
But just as importantly, ski holidays with our children really bond our family together – we experience the hassles, the joys, the frustrations and delights together. All the time taken during our children’s early years on skis – kitting them out, buckling up little boots, carrying their skis – is all so worth it when we see their excitement in getting their next Snowlife award at the end of the week and when we see them progressing into young ski champs loving the sport, as much as we do! Lots of proud children and proud parent moments to remember.