If you’re an avid skier and itching to get back on the slopes, it might be seem like a distant possibility now that you have children. You might have to persuade an unwilling grandparent or another family to join you to look after the children, and there could be little chance of you actually enjoying a piece of the real action.
Over the years we’ve learnt a lot about how to make sure both parents and children enjoy their time at Verbier, so we’ve put together a few of our top tips for taking to the slopes as a family.
Dress to impress
Children are quick to complain when it comes to the temperature, so it’s important to get a head start before you arrive by making sure you pack the right clothing for your skiing trip. Dress kids in layers, invest in a good pair of gloves and make sure they’ve got goggles. Synthetic fabrics are best for clothing, because they retain heat much better than other materials. We also offer an equipment hire service so you don’t have to invest in expensive equipment.
Talk through concerns
Before you arrive at the resort, make sure you chat through any worries your child may have about skiing. It’s best to reassure them before they hit the slopes, and our instructors can keep an eye out for any anxieties they might have during lessons.
Book family-friendly accommodation
At Ski Armadillo we have a huge range of family-friendly rooms, sleeping families of four right up to families of 16 – including ‘Champagne Level’ options which include a south-facing balcony, self-catering facilities, wireless broadband internet, luxury bathrooms and an on-call minibus and driver service. Our family-friendly chalets include travel cots, high chairs and toys, and a microwave and sterilisers are available upon request. They’ll also include games, books and other fun activities to keep your little ones entertained.
Book childcare facilities
This means that if your child doesn’t want to spend the day on the slopes, it doesn’t mean that you have to miss out too. We can provide childcare, including a private nanny service, so you can really enjoy your time on the piste. Our chefs serve high tea for children, putting together a menu that takes into account their likes or dislikes, plus any allergies that need to be taken into consideration – and they can make infant purees. Childcare is offered for children aged from 3 months to six years old, and children aged three and over are welcome to join us for skiing lessons with the European Snowsport’s Penguins.
For more information on skiing with children, click here to visit our Childcare page: Childcare page