By Gina Woodward
How many sleeps to go? Are we there yet? Yes, the build-up to a snow holiday is pretty much like that of Christmas.
To ensure your family has a great snow holiday and you get met with cheers and excitement the next time you say, “We’re thinking about going to the snow” rather than “Noooo… we want to go on a HOT holiday”, here are some tips to help.
Make it positive, do the hard yards and it will pay off with a lifelong career of family snow experiences.
Have fun: The joy you find on a snow holiday is not only just in skiing or learning to snowboard. Some of the best memories are made just playing in the snow. If you’re fortunate to stay on the hill, then your kids are most likely going to be outside playing in the snow – think snowballs, snow angels and snowmen – right up to when you call them in for dinner, just like the good old days.
Eat: It sounds simple but often the biggest issue is fuel. Make sure your kids eat breakfast and you have a good range of pocket snacks to avert any crisis or use as bribes later in the day.
Stay warm: Think layers. If they don’t own thermals, wear flannelette pjs or tracksuit pants underneath that is not cotton – and that’s a big NO to cotton socks too.
Stay dry: Make sure kid’s clothes are waterproof. Not just pants and jacket, but gloves or mittens too. There’s no faster way to a miserable time than cold, wet hands in the snow.
Protect: Ensure your kids have eyewear – goggles are preferable so their eyes don’t dry out, but sunglasses are ok on a sunny day. They only get one set of eyes, in the same way they only get one head. When they are at home, kids are used to wearing helmets for skateboarding and bike riding so it’s a no-brainer to wear one for snowsports too – they’ll also never have cold ears again.
Treats: Yes, let them have the holiday treats – embrace the hot chips, the smores or the hot chocolate with the marshmallow snowman on a stick. Sometimes you’ll hear kids say the best part of their holiday was just that! A good start anyway…
Learn: Take snowsports lessons. Let the kids learn correctly in a safe and supportive environment. Kids encourage other kids, so it can be a bit of competitive fun to learn in a group. With good technique, kids are set up for life.
Rest: Get plenty of sleep plus relaxation away from screens. Play board games. Take an afternoon off and try a different activity such as snowtubing, XC skiing or snowshoeing. If you’re staying off-mountain, check out the town, skate park, bike trails or challenge your family to a game of disc/frisbee golf. If it’s different from home then it feels like a real holiday, not just for the kids but for everyone in the family.
Stay positive: This is key to your successful family snow holiday. It’s one of the few sports you can actually do for a whole day, together.
You’ll be planning your next snow holiday before you know it, so most of all just have fun!