We’ve had our travel insurance with Holidaysafe for the last three years, and so when they asked me to publish their winter sports tips for families (in the infographic above), I was happy to oblige.
The tips seem pretty sensible, for the most part, but I have to say that I disagree with number five: I’d never let my kids ski without helmets, whatever the rules are in a particular resort. Research shows that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 45% (more details here).
If you’re interested, I have some tips of my own to add – because winter sports trips with children are certainly different to winter sports trips pre-kids. Here goes.
If you enjoyed winter sports holidays before having children, lower your expectations before heading for the slopes with your kids in tow. Accept that you may pay a fortune to take your family skiing, only to get there and find that your children don’t actually like skiing. That is their prerogative.
Save money by borrowing as much gear as you can from your friends and relations. Besides the warm winter clothes which you probably already have, you need a ton of stuff to wear on a winter sports trip: thermal base layers, waterproof jackets, salopettes, hats, mittens, goggles and snow boots for each member of the family. Your children will probably outgrow all of it before the next time that they need it – and then you can pass it on to another family.
Take your time
It takes a while get small children into all of the unfamiliar layers of clothes and footwear that they need in order to survive outside in the snow. Especially if, like my son, they don’t like wearing coats. Be patient, and allow extra time for this. A lot of time.
Being outside in the snow is tiring, and it can make kids especially very hungry. Have some cereal bars or other snacks with you so that you can keep everyone’s energy levels up.
Prepare for no snow
This happened to us four years ago when we went to the Italian Alps for a New Year ski trip. There was no snow and no chance of skiing. But we had a great time anyway, hanging out with friends, walking in the mountains and eating delicious food. Accept that this may happen on your trip, and think about what you would do in that situation.
In case you’re separated
If your child is too young to remember the address of where you’re staying, your name (not just ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’) and your mobile phone number, find a way of keeping this information with them, just in case you become separated somehow. You can use an ID bracelet, write it on a piece of paper inside a secure pocket, or write it on their clothes or skin.
Have the right insurance
This tip is included in the Holidaysafe infographic, but it’s definitely worth repeating – make sure that you have appropriate travel insurance for where you’re going and what you’re doing. Standard travel insurance policies don’t cover winter sports, so make sure that you have adequate cover. It’s just not worth risking travelling without it, especially if you have children. (Check out my post about how to find the best family travel insurance).
Holidaysafe are offering a 10% discount on winter sports cover at the moment. To obtain the discount, use the code SNOW10.
Over to you
Do you have any tips to add for family winter sports trips?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Holidaysafe. All and words opinions are my own. The infographic was provided by Holidaysafe.