Most ski resorts welcome families as well as offer children’s programs and ski and snowboard schools, making a ski vacation a perfect getaway with the kids. American Express Travel’s Ski Insider, Jocelyn Langford, shares her advice on how to make hitting the slopes as stress-free as possible.
1. Verify the cost of lift tickets ahead of time. Multi-day lift tickets tend to be cheaper than single-day tickets. Also, look for ski and stay packages, as they offer substantial savings when booking as a bundle.
2. Get an SUV. If you’re planning on renting a car to get to your destination, call ahead and reserve a vehicle with four-wheel drive or snow tires that can fit the entire family — and their gear. These can rent out quickly and you don’t want to get stuck in the snow without precautions.
3. Family fun can be found off the mountain. Many ski destinations have become increasingly known for their restaurants. If traveling with younger children who don’t ski, make sure to look into resorts that offer additional activities such as snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, sledding and sleigh riding, to name a few.
4. Hotel rooms can add up. Renting a villa is an easy and cost-effective way to find accommodations for the whole family. When renting villas on resort properties, families can take on the slopes together, or parents may take advantage of “ski nannies” on property who can watch children in ski camps or indoors.
5. Rent ski gear for your kids. While it’s definitely more convenient to own your own gear, renting equipment for your children is definitely a smart option. With many kids as beginners, and still adjusting to the idea of skiing, a season-long rental, or even a single-day rental, is a benefit that many parents should take advantage of while their children are adjusting to the slopes. metro