Typical first-time skiers, and how to help them
'For the more timid, a good instructor will boost their confidence on the snow and get them moving with ease. By the end of the week it's not unusual to see your previously tentative seven-year-old skiing down a blue run with ease!' says Beth.
'The overly confident need a bit of reigning in,' Beth says. 'They need to learn the basics just like anyone else. Being fearless is good in some ways, but safety – both theirs and other skiers' – is critical.'
The slippery slopers typically slip and slide their way down, falling over numerous times along the way. But as Beth says, 'practice makes perfect.' Give these kids plenty of encouragement and support and they'll get there in the end.
While skiing is a lot of fun, safety on the slopes is essential. Taking out travel cover
provides some peace of mind, but teaching your kids the basics of piste etiquette reduces the risk of accidents too.
Stop where you're visible on the side of a piste, rather than in the middle of it, and 'always look both ways when you're crossing a slope', says Dave Morris, a ski instructor from Courchevel
Moriond 1650, a family-friendly skiing village in the Trois Vallées area of the French Alps, which has excellent beginners' slopes.
Wrapping up against the cold is obvious, but the sun can also be an issue. The sun on mountaintops can be strong, so don't forget to pack and use plenty of sunscreen.
'Because of the higher altitude, the sun's UV rays can be just as damaging on the slopes as they are on the beach. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF30+ and reapply it regularly,' advises Dr Perry Robbins of the Skin Cancer Foundation
Where to go skiing?
Areas of the French Alps such as Val d'Isère, Tignes and Tignes-les-Brévières are popular with families and boast top facilities and ski classes. Package deals for families are often available, helping keep costs down.
'This season at the top of the Solaise, above Val d'Isère, there are new upgraded beginner slopes, serviced by two new covered magic carpets,' rel="noopener noreferrer" says Becky Coates from chalet company Ski Bonjour (@SkiBonjour
). 'The gradient of the slope has been reduced from 16 per cent to 7 per cent, so it's ideal for beginners and the perfect place to learn to ski.
'The magic carpets – a form of moving pavement-style lift that takes you up a ski slope – are something the kids might enjoy as much as the skiing!'
When to go skiing?
'Christmas is always popular, but I suggest opting for Easter school holidays,' says Beth. 'As well as tending to be cheaper, the weather is more likely to be stable. Think blue skies and sun – perfect skiing weather!'
By planning carefully, choosing an appropriate resort and getting some expert ski tuition, your time on the slopes should go well. You may even trigger a lifelong love of skiing in your little ones, too!
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