Taking your children
to the Dolomites during the winter will change
your holiday from being a ski holiday into a family holiday that
has some skiing in it. Expect lots of fun, laughter, smiles,
giggles, a few tears, snowball fights, “extreme" amusement when
mum or dad falls over and of course “I can do my turns better
than dad" – which will very soon become true. The instructor
will have another class right after your child's and so, if you're
not there to collect them, it will be
necessary to leave your child in the ski school office. This can be
very distressing for a young child, so please "ensure" you are there to
collect them at the end of the lesson.
You can also expect everything to take longer than you thought it would or even thought it ever could. Getting to the slopes each day becomes something that needs to be planned, so leave extra time for breakfast. When leaving the boot room in the hotel “check" that has everyone got their boots, gloves (and spare gloves), skis, helmet, poles, etc. Next, does everyone have “their" boots, helmet, skis, poles, etc, and not someone else's.
If this is your child’s first winter holiday, remember that it can be a daunting experience for them. New surroundings to find their way around, new people to meet, who may not speak English, and to add to the mix, some very strange (and restrictive) clothes and boots to wear, so you can see why some children find their first few days a little confusing. Give them time and they'll soon get their bearings and have one of the best experiences of their life.
One of the most common questions we are asked is at what age can children learn to ski. There is no set answer to this as all children are different. But, as a very loose guide, children under 4 are not really able to fully enjoy the ski experience - although they can of course have loads of fun sliding around wearing skis. Children between 4 and 6 can “have a go" and from 7 years old most children can join into a ski class and learn to ski. Please remember that ski school is not another form of crèche.
For information on the many options available to parents - crèche, kids ski school, etc. see here for details
A brief note on helmets.
In Italy it is compulsory for all children, under 14, to wear a helmet whilst skiing. We will supply one (free) if they don’t have their own.
A few Tips
Remember it’s a holiday, not a training course. Lower your expectations of what your child will be able to accomplish, allow them to play and have fun.
The instructor will have another class right after your child's and so, if you're not there to collect them, it will be necessary to leave your child in the ski school office. This can be very distressing for a young child, so please "ensure" you are there to collect them at the end of the lesson.