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Family skiing is wonderful. get it right and it is one of the few active holidays that all memebers of the family can take part in, enjoy and keep coming back for more. There is an old Nordic saying, famillies that ski together stay together!! Get it wrong though and it can be a disaster!

Last winter (2020) we had 4 generations of our family all skiing together from 8 to 80 years old. The kids still can't get over Grandpa beating them down the run 1 in Trysil ! We had 2 year skiers to ex racers all having a ball on the snow. We were careful to pick a resort that we knew worked for everyone but always keeping in mind the lowest common denominator - the most in-experienced or beginner skier.

We have dragged our kids all over the Alps and made all the mistakes. We've been lured by taking beginner kids to The ArlbergVal d'Isere, Zermatt, Cortina only to get frustrated by not making use of the ski pass or ski area. Then we discovered small ski areas with great ski schools and ski in ski out accommodation

At the Beginning

When you first start thinking about taking your children skiing look for family friendly ski resorts - recommendations work well, good ski school, easy to access accommodation. It is amazing how a cold tired young person (and i speak from experience) can be rejuvinated by whizzing back to the  accommdoation for a relax and a rest. A warm up, rest out of their ski boots and before you know it they are leading the charge back out

Norway, in particular Geilo and Trysl and also Andorra with Arinsal, la Masanna and El Tarter our recommendations work really well

As they get better and stronger

It's not long before the kids want to race mum, dad, even grandpa and grandma down the mountain. Pick a resort with a lot of blue runs to help them build their confidence but also where they can get back to the hotel or apartment quickly if they tire. If you don't mond the steep prices the airlines charge at half term there are some wonderful resorts int he Alps that tick the boxes - Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Lech, Soldeu, Avoriaz. JJust take care to pick a resort that doesn't get too busy. Our recommendations are:

As they get older as they grow up kids generally want to spend less time with their parents - maybe skiing together for a morning then going off to explore by themselves, or stooge around the jump park, maybe at night wanting to wander round the resort? Pick a resort that is small and friendly, where if they go off by themselves they can't get lost - with runs all coming back to the resort. Trysil works well in Norway, Alpbach in Austria, Pila above Aosta in Italy is great so is La Clusaz in France while Arinsal in Andorra also ticks all the boxes.

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