First day faff (getting kids ready for the mountains).
Getting children ready for the day and out of the door is a challenge at the best of times. When you throw in cold weather, snow boots and ski gear into the mix it can feel like you are breaking out in sweats before you’ve even got any skiing done.
Having lived in Verbier for the past nine years, working as a nanny and raising my two and four-year-old here, I have spent more time than I would like to imagine performing the military operation of ‘Leave the house to get to school/ski school/ playdate’.
Here’s a few tips to help you get the most out of your family holiday.
Preparation is key
Holidays are a time to relax, but just wait one second before you get cosy in front of the fire. Taking five minutes in the evening to check everyone has their kit (including BOTH gloves) ready to go will save you from a lot of running around in the morning.
This will make a huge difference to your morning! Save your energy for skiing and avoid lugging everyone’s’ skis to the lift. When you rent your skis and boots from Mountain Air you can add on the option to leave your skis and boots at the shop overnight AND when you pre-book your ski/snowboard rental online, this is FREE!
Leaving the house in snow boots rather than ski boots will most definitely speed up the walking and you’ll likely have time for a morning coffee upstairs at Brasserie Le Bec too. Cut to the end of the day and replace coffee with hot chocolate, vin chaud and comfy feet. What could be better!
Ski Jacket or one piece- Depending on your preference, one pieces are definitely more practical for under 2’s.
Ski/ snow pants- Many have dungarees or bibs that go right up to the chest which is great for keeping snow out or trousers from falling down!
Gloves/mittens- This is my top tip! Buy long gloves that go over the jacket and zip up at the side. Bonus if they have wrist straps so they always stay attached to your child. I would also recommend mittens until children are around 5 years old.
Snow boots- Important for keeping feet warm when building snowmen or sledging! Some have removable inner liners which can be taken out at the end of the day to dry out. Remember the long socks too.
Hat and Neck warmer- A neck warmer or buff is an easy one to forget- great for keeping warm and also stopping jackets rubbing on children’s little chins which can be very sore.
Goggles- Good eye protection is very important and it’s useful to bring the goggles along when buying or renting a helmet so you can make sure the two fit together nicely.
Sunglasses- Even before ski school toddlers need eye protection. Eyes can get burnt very easily as the sun reflects off the bright white snow. Most toddlers aren’t used to wearing sunglasses and keeping them on can be a challenge so get your toddler to try them on a few times at home before.
Thermals- Layers are important, but don’t over layer. A good thermal will keep children warm or cool enough. Weather can change very quickly but a thermal, fleece and jacket should be sufficient.
Suncream- Another very important one, have a look for a sun cream with lip protection.
It is a lot to think about but all worth it for a fantastic family ski holiday!
Petit Verbier: Here to make your holiday easier. We provide nannies, babysitters and kids clubs. Our Petit Verbier nannies are not only experienced childcarers with first aid qualifications, they are trained by us on working with children in the mountains.
The hours are completely up to you and nannies can be booked to start as early as you need. Nannies will bring toys and games to entertain the children at home and we offer childcare equipment rental to make your packing as easy as possible.