Parents taking a toddler on a ski holiday will often ask themselves ‘How do we keep the kids happy and safe while still having a good ski holiday’. Well, the answer lies in choosing the right operator for a ski holiday with a toddler, one that offers all the family-friendly facilities you need – from comfy cot rooms to state-of-the-art play zones, themed activities to fun-packed snow play areas.
Choosing the right operator
Most ski operators are wising up to the need to cater for the whole family, right down to the youngest member. Although nursery and crèche options are often limited to select resorts meaning you have limited options.
For more options look at specialist family ski such as Esprit Ski who provide childcare services in all 14 of their resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. They have 30 years experience providing family ski holidays and are the UK’s leading family ski specialist.
Having options is not just about the number of resorts but also providing a range of accommodation to choose from. This not just caters for different budgets and preferences but also for family dynamics.
Hitting the Crèche (piste)
Before you hit the piste, you’ll need to make sure that all of your toddlers needs are met in the crèche.
In a good crèche your toddler will be thrilled and stimulated by a wide range of activities. At Esprit Ski mornings are often devoted to arts and crafts – but not before a free play session to ease everyone in. In the afternoon, older toddlers can mess around in the snow or even go ‘bumboarding’, provided they have parental permission.
Nurseries are equipped with toys and games specially selected for their educational value. Many nurseries also run themed activity days which teach kids about the local environment and its flora and fauna.
It goes without saying that everything your toddler does will be fully supervised at all times and by qualified British nannies and nursery nurses. All staff are subjected to enhanced CRB checks and are qualified to UK standards.
Value for Money
A ski holiday can be a pricey proposition particularly if taking the kids. Fortunately, family ski specialists tend to offer some excellent deals such as free group places, free insurance for children under 18, or free children’s lift passes to help soften the financial blow.
The additional cost of childcare for a toddler may seem one step too far, but ski operators recognise that without reasonably priced crèche many families would not get their annual ski holiday. Esprit Ski charge £289 for 6 full days child care with which works out to just over £5 per hour – so roughly the same as we pay at home.
Ski holiday with a toddler
Taking your toddler on a ski holiday shouldn’t be more daunting then taking them on any other holiday. By putting them in a crèche you get your days free to enjoy the holiday while your child has just as much fun while being kept safe.
I would recommend starting your search with a specialist family ski operator as they are more likely to provide something which fits your needs and hopefully your budget.