Skiing with the whole family can be a wonderful way to spend quality time together during the winter months. To ensure everyone has a good time, it’s important to review safety information and be prepared. Also, keep an eye on our Events Page as ski areas across the province post family-friendly events all throughout the season. Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your skiing trip with the kids!
1 – SAFETY FIRST
Know the Alpine Responsibility Code and be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to follow safety guidelines and rules, and be prepared to adjust your plans if conditions are not ideal. Supervise children while skiing. Keep an eye on their speed and direction, avoid crowded slopes, and be prepared to respond in case of an emergency. Learn more about the Alpine Responsibility Code.
2 – WEAR APPROPRIATE GEAR
Make sure you and your kids have the right gear. This includes a well-fitting helmet, goggles, appropriate layers, gloves, and waterproof ski pants and jacket. Comfortable and properly-fitted ski gear will make all the difference in your child’s experience on the slopes. Dressing in layers also allows you to adjust according to the changing conditions on the slopes, especially in the mountains. If you are new to skiing or snowboarding or have growing children, most ski areas offer rental equipment. Watch our Gear Experts Guide on ski and snowboard equipment for success on the slopes.
3 – BOOK A LESSON
It’s important to make sure that the kids take lessons, so they are starting off with age and skill appropriate tips from the experts. In addition to learning the needed skills, lessons also teach them how to navigate the slopes safely and show them the appropriate terrain for their ability. Lessons are also a great way for children to meet other kids their age and build their confidence on the slopes. Learning at your community ski area is an affordable and accessible place to start your journey in snow sports!
Many ski areas in Alberta offer lessons for children as young as four years old – check with your local ski area to learn about the programs available. Click here to watch Adia, a 2-year-old skier, making turns look easy. Keep your eye on the Go Ski Alberta Deals Page to take advantage of official offers and deals from ski areas across the province. Many resorts have dedicated children’s programs that offer a range of lessons and activities, from beginner lessons to more advanced programs. In addition to lessons, some ski areas also offer children’s ski camps or programs that can help your child build their skills over the course of several days or weeks.
4 – KNOW THE TERRAIN
It’s important to choose the right terrain for children. Many ski resorts have designated areas for beginners, including bunny slopes, magic carpets, and other beginner-friendly terrain. These areas are designed specifically for beginners and often feature smaller slopes with gentler grades, making it easier for kids to learn and practice their skills. You can find beginner-friendly slopes at your local ski area, as well as the mountains – Find a local ski area.
5 – HYDRATE AND ENERGIZE
Keep it fun! Take regular breaks and hydrate often. Skiing can be physically demanding, especially for children who may tire more easily than adults. Taking breaks can help prevent fatigue and injuries, and hydrating can help children stay energized and focused.
When packing for your ski trip, be sure to have lots of pocket snacks and include plenty of water. While some treats may be great rewards, don’t forget healthy snacks like granola bars, trail mix, or fruit. In addition to bringing your own snacks, many ski areas also offer food and drink options on-site, so you can warm up with a hot chocolate. This can be a convenient way to keep your child fueled and hydrated throughout the day without having to leave the slopes.
By following these tips, you can help your children have a safe and enjoyable experience while skiing. Remember, the key is to be prepared, be patient, and most importantly, have fun!