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What are the Clothing Requirements for a Skiing Holiday?
Gloves - 2 pairs for children, goggles/sun glasses, ski jacket and salopettes, layers under jacket, sun cream, hat, snow boots or wellies, good socks and plenty of them!
What are the Equipment Requirements for a for a Skiing Holiday?
Good childcare, chalet as opposed to hotel, we supply car seats, high chairs, cots and other paraphernalia you need with young children
Would You Recommend Buying Equipment for First Time Skiers?
No, ski and boot hire is of good quality. This will work out much cheaper than buying your own equipment and then finding you do not enjoy skiing. If you decide this is a holiday you will take on a regular basis you can reconsider then.
What are the Costs of Equipment Hire in Resort?
Adults from £70
Children from £50
At What Age is a Ski Lift Pass Required?
Usually 5 years
When Can Children Start Ski School?
4 is recommended but we do sometimes take 3 and a half year olds
What Hours Do the Ski Schools Operate for Children?
Usually from about 9.30 am for 2.5 hours, half day is better as young children do get very tired, its hard work learning to ski and can be cold
What Childcare Services Can Parents Expect to Find at a Resort?
This varies from resort to resort. So check before you book. We have our Powder Pups club, this is an all day crèche run by our staff for our children, they have various fun outdoor and indoor activities - an action packed day and lunch is included.
What Evening Babysitting Services Are Usually Available?
Again this is something that depends on the resort. At some resorts there will be no baby sitting service available at all. We babysit for free on the cooks night off.
What Childcare Qualifications Do Carers Have?
Most have NNEB or equivalent. Not all our activity leaders have qualifications; we employ our staff on their ability to perform and their common sense.
What Childcare Ratios Are Common?
We provide the same or better ratios than British Nurseries
Is There a Time of Year You Recommend for a Skiing Holiday?
It all depends on where you want to go. As long as a resort is open it is fine to ski at any time. Clothing is of such good quality these days that coldness is not the issue it was.
What Facilities Activities Should Parents Look For?
Good chalets, good quality staff, good quality food, wine and childcare.
Do Families Require Specialist Holiday Insurance for Skiing?
You must have specialist skiing insurance
What Other Tips Can you Give?
A pair of boots for walking around in the evenings and a warm jacket; I would recommend the jacket in addition to your ski jacket as the latter may need drying overnight.
Evenings in chalets is very casual, don't bring too much! Relax and enjoy.