7 tips for your family ski holiday

Skiing in February is an attractive time of year as it often ensures a good amount of snow, without the darker days experienced in December and January. However, with more and more of us looking to travel after the pandemic, it is worth being aware that many will be heading for the slopes this February half term.

To relieve some of the stress, we’ve assembled 7 top tips for your winter ski holiday along with a full list of essential parenting products, so you can spend more time relishing in après-ski and less time on navigating holidays at high-altitude.

Winter Ski Guide for the family

Our top tips

1. Book in advance 

Skiers from all over the UK and Europe flock to the slopes in February, so there’s a risk that family rooms, resorts and chalets with shorter transfers times could be booked up if you're not quick. Make sure to reserve everything in advance, from skis and boots - even tables at your favourite restaurant. 

2. Have a dry run practice

Whether it’s your family’s first time on the slopes or you’re a seasoned skier, it’s worth booking a few sessions at your local dry ski slope for a pre-ski holiday warm-up. There are several venues across the UK, some that even use real snow, so you can practice your skiing before hitting the slopes.

3. Go further afield

To enjoy a quieter ski trip in February half term, try to stick to the outer slopes. Often the central areas of ski resorts are always busier, but the slopes on the outer edges tend to be much quieter and just as perfect for family skiing. Plus, the white glow of pristine snow makes the additional journey time well worth it!

4. Travel organised

From little things like ensuring documents and passes are always kept securely attached to jackets to smart strollers that fold within seconds, there’s a whole host of things to do and products to invest in that can help your trip run smoothly. One small thing to remember and minimise complaints - dry out all ski socks and gloves the night before!

5. Get to know the pro’s

If you’ve already invested in skiing lessons for you and your little ones, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the expert knowledge of your instructors. They’re sure to know the quietest, prime ski spots away from the crowds, so you and the family can enjoy without too much competition for space! 

6. Start the day early 

To beat the queues, try to get to the lifts early (by 9am) if possible. Some lifts open even earlier, so you can enjoy the slopes before the crowds start to build-up. With an earlier start, you can justify an earlier finish so you can get off the slopes and back for a lovely hot meal before the end-of-the-day rush begins!

7. Insure your trip

When you are excitedly planning your family ski holiday, travel insurance is a rather uninspiring aspect of the trip that risks being overlooked. Like many activity holidays, this carries some element of risks, but there is far more to holiday insurance than cover for potential injuries. With the pandemic posing cancellation risks, make sure you're not the one who's caught out without adequate cancellation insurance!

Our essential’s checklist

To save time, energy, and luggage space many skiers rent ski essentials such as equipment hire from the resort, but there are quite a few winter accessories you’ll want to make sure is ticked off your packing list. We’ve highlighted some of our snow-favourites that will keep you and your little one snug as a bug while out on the slopes!

Compact stroller + accessories

    BABYZEN YOYO2

    The ultimate compact stroller, loved by millions and perfect for on-the-go travel, the YOYO2 stroller in Ginger is so versatile. Suitable from birth with newborn cocoon and up to 22kg in seat mode, this lightweight pushchair can be folded, unfolded, and manoeuvred with just one hand. Plus, with compact folded dimensions, the YOYO2 stroller fits in any standard overhead locker, ideal for overseas vacations.

      BABYZEN YOYO+ Ski Kit

      Compatible with all YOYO strollers, the BABYZEN ski kit is the perfect addition for your BABYZEN this ski season. Instantly attaching to the front wheels of your stroller, the kit is ideal for gliding across snowy terrain so you can travel easily and smoothly with your little one. Please note, this cannot be used directly for skiing or snowboarding.

      BABYZEN YOYO Ski set


      BABYZEN YOYO Footmuff – Ginger

      The BABYZEN YOYO Footmuff in Ginger fits perfectly over all YOYO strollers, protecting little ones and keeping them cosy in colder weather. Featuring drawstrings and soft Sherpa lining to avoid heat loss, and a detachable cover and reversible hood, the YOYO footmuff is an essential accessory for winter months.

      BABYZEN YOYO Mittens

      The YOYO mittens in black attach onto the BABYZEN YOYO’s handlebar with an easy-to-use, Velcro fastening. With soft Sherpa lining and double layer of water-repellent protection, pushing a stroller has never been snow good!

      Organisers + bags

      Tiba + Marl Miko Bum Bag – Snake Print

      The Snake Print Tiba + Marl Miko Bum Bag merges sport and practicality, it's a great hands-free option, this unisex style features wipe clean lining, adjustable length belt, and interior and exterior pockets to keep all your essentials and ski passes. Stay organised and keep items close by!

      Storksak Stroller Organiser – Luxe Scuba

      The Storksak Stroller Organiser Luxe Scuba in Grey Marl is compact and super practical, just attach to your stroller for hands free use - everything stays in place whilst on the go.This organiser also comes with internal elasticated strap to hold extra bottle and provides extra storage for snacks, toys, bottles and personal items. Perfect for another storage solution when navigating through snowy terrain.

      Stroller organisers for Winter

      o Baby Carriers + accessories

        Phil & Teds Escape Baby Carrier – Chilli

        Fully-featured & ergonomically designed Escape™ carrier delivers so much freedom for super adventurous parents to explore the great outdoors with their little ones in tow. Designed to be comfy for both parent and child with several practical storage solutions, you can rest assured going out fully prepared for anything that may happen on your winter journey.

        Ergobaby Winter Fleece Cover

        Compatible with most Ergobaby Carriers, the Ergobaby Winter Fleece Cover is perfect for any Ergobaby carrier and attaches to the carrier's shoulder straps. It will keep your little one warm and dry with a soft fleece lining, making it the perfect cover even if it's raining and snowing.

        Safety

        Green People Organic Sun Lotion SPF30 – Scent free

        Make sure to bring a protective sun lotion this ski season to protect from the sun's glare while up at higher altitudes. The scent free Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30 is perfect as it is suitable for both children with sensitive skin and contains 84% organic content. We love that the packaging is plant-based and fully recyclable too!

        Babiators Blue Series range

        This awesome Blue Series collection comes in 3 stylish frame shapes, suitable for babies, toddlers and older 6+ children. Blue Series are Polarized to reduce UV glare and mirrored lenses to increase style. They come with a protective felt case in all sizes and a silicone strap for the junior (0-2) size, perfect to keep on little faces on snowy activities! 

        Toddle Happy Germ Probiotic Hand Gel

        It's more important now more than ever to keep little hands free from germs and we love this innovative, vegan and cruelty-free hand gel from Toddle. Kind to skin and with moisturising properties, this little bottle even features a clip so won't get lost while on the move!

        Outerwear

        Elodie Details Wool Beanie

        The Elodie Details Wool Beanie in Lily White is made from carefully a selected wool and polyester blend that combines warmth with a smooth and comfortable shape. It has an extra-wide brim that folds up over the ears, neck and forehead that provides an additional protection from the cold. 


        The Bonnie Mob Viva Snowsuit

        The Bonnie Mob Viva Snowsuit in Navy Stars is made from recycled polyester - that includes plastic bottles! Covered in fun rainbow shooting stars this snowsuit is perfect to keep your little one vibrant while out on the slopes. Plus, this super cosy, padded and warm snowsuit features a fleece-lined hood, detachable mittens and booties, ribbed cuffs to keep out the elements!

        Bobux Xplorer Marvel Arctic Winter Shoes

        The Bobux Xplorer Marvel Arctic Winter Shoes in Dusk are crafted from naturally super-soft, vintage leather and lined with warm, breathable merino wool. The Marvel Arctic is a great winter shoe for chilly months tucked into a cosy pram or pushchair.

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