7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing

My youngest wearing his ski harness before going skiing in Madonna di Campiglio. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.

7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing

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I have been sorting our ski gear today, measuring my kids pants and seeing if their ski boots where still ok for their feet, and doing some adjustments on them. This is the third season on the same boots and I just have to change the settings on the boots of my youngest to the third position, whereas my eldest still is in the same setting. I am thinking that he has been skiing with big boots for some seasons now! They seem to be ok, and he still have four settings to change in his Roces boots…. Here is a post of the Roces boots if you want to read more on them.

But while looking at my boxes where I put away all our ski gear and clothing, I’ve found some things that I really used over the years.

Here is a list of them and how they can be of use for you on this coming season.

The Roces ski boots of my kids just needed a bit of setting adjustment and now we are ready for a new ski season. Ozzy was overlooking the grand tasks! 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
The Roces ski boots of my kids just needed a bit of setting adjustment and now we are ready for a new ski season. Ozzy was overlooking the grand tasks! 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
  • Walkie Talkies- A good pair of walkie talkies stuffed inside a sock and guarded into an interior pocket of your jacket is great for communicating with kids. You need to keep the walkie talkies warm, because the battery can die quickly when it is cold. They are great to communicate with your kids, or from kid to kid when they are having some time off, maybe not the best if skiing down at speed I would say- same restrictions should apply as those for driving and using a mobile phone- basically, don’t use them while skiing!

Motorola T41 Walkie Talkie Consumer Radio – Blue (Pack of 2)

  • Edgie-Wedgies for young kids when starting to ski and they don’t have the strength to open their legs in a wedge. The Edgie Wedgies are a piece of cord that clamps to the tip of little skiers. It makes them ski with their skis together, but not overlapping one ski on top of the other one. It is great for starting skiing, and you should stop using them when the kids have the strength of doing the snowplough or wedge on its own.
The Edgie-Wedgies I've used over the years- the one on the right has been given to my eldest before being 2 when skiing in Portillo, Chile, the one of the left was given by the ski instructor in Pila to my youngest and the middle one I've bought in Amazon. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
The Edgie-Wedgies I’ve used over the years- the one on the right has been given to my eldest before being 2 when skiing in Portillo, Chile, the one of the left was given by the ski instructor in Pila to my youngest and the middle one I’ve bought in Amazon. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.

Ski Clip – Edgie Wedgie

My youngest at his ski lesson. If you check the tip of the skis, you will distinguish the Edgie Wedgie that allowed him. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing. to not cross his skis while learning.
My youngest at his ski lesson. If you check the tip of the skis, you will distinguish the Edgie Wedgie that allowed him. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing. to not cross his skis while learning.
  • Toddler harness with reins – when you have a small kid that starts skiing, I think these are great. I used more the harness alone than the reins. A teacher told me that the reins might make the kid start going backwards and not putting his torso towards the mountain, so it might delay his learning process. We started using it, but as with lessons kids learn in one or two days how to stop with the snowplough, they did not need any more the reins to go down. I loved the harness though, because I loved to be able to get them from a handle when getting into a lift, to make sure they did not slide down under the safety bar of the chairlift. Also it is useful when you need to get your kid up when he has fallen in the snow. I had two models, one with a front and back handle and one with one handle (that could be used front or back). I used the one with one handle with my elder boy, and the one with two handles for my youngest. I used the handle in the back, because I’ve preferred to be able to catch up with him from his back if he was skiing off fast, and to grab him from the back when riding the chairlift.

NipperGrip – Kids Ski Harness with handles on the Front AND Back

Ozzy models the kids ski harness- this is a bit more expensive, but I liked it for the handle in the front and the back. I used this one for my youngest kid. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
Ozzy models the kids ski harness- this is a bit more expensive, but I liked it for the handle in the front and the back. I used this one for my youngest kid. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
  • Ski Straps. They are basically a piece of fabric with Velcro, that allows you to keep your ski tips together when carrying them. You can use them while carrying the skis and then put them in your pocket. Small, light and practical. Keep on using them a lot.

Ski Straps – One Pair Thick & Strong

  • Ski carrier straps. These are an amazing invention. If you do need to walk with your skis to get to the lifts, and you don’t want to carry your skis and your kids’ skis, then I suggest you get them. They are not too expensive and there are different models. I use for myself one that has a double strap and I use it as a backpack. My kids have a model that is only one strap and they put it across their bag. Some models also carry skis and poles.
My youngest carrying his own skis with his ski strap waiting the Armani funicular to go to Plan Chécrouit in Courmayeur Mont Blanc. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
My youngest carrying his own skis with his ski strap waiting the Armani funicular to go to Plan Chécrouit in Courmayeur Mont Blanc. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.

Skiweb Hands Free Ski & Pole Carrier – Ski Sling Multi Colour

  • Handwarmers – you never know what kind of winter it would be out there. Last year it was really mild when we went in February, but the year before we had everyday temperatures of – 17 C. This could cause the make or break of a ski holiday. If you have a cold kid that does not want to venture outside as he is suffering in the chairlift, you should be ready to have them dressed in layers and also always carry Handwarmers. I bought a big box of them on Amazon, and still have many stuffed in my ski box, so I can use them when necessary. I have also used them on the top of my ski boot (only if you have space for that, is not the best, but when you are really cold, it would help!) If you want, you will find them for sure in the shops by the lifts, but usually are pretty expensive per pair, comparatively to buying a box with many pairs before leaving home.

Little Hotties Hand Pocket Glove Warmers Winter Season Bulk Pack-40 Pairs, Black, Medium

  • The ultimate perfect snowball maker- this is completely for a laugh. We got two as a gift from my youngest boy’s best friend. The boys love them. The balls that area done are a bit hard though, so use with care! If not, just a good snowball fight is always possible with some good gloves. Take a second pair of gloves that can stay dry for the next day’s adventures on the slopes.

CoURTerzsl Snowball Maker Toy, Winter 5 Snowballs Maker Outdoor Sport Sand Clay Mold Scoop Clip Children Toy Random Color

You can search for your own accommodation in the snow for your next ski holiday through our Accommodation Search tab. Or if looking to stay in the heart of the Mont Blanc Valley in the Aosta Valley, check Il Coure della Valdigne review here. This is our own family home in the mountains, that I am renting out when not using, you can always write me a private message if interested to info@the-ski-guru.com

If you want to take your family skiing and you don’t know where to start, read here. And search for your ski transfers from all airports to the Mountains here. And for those that are like me, that are lazy to cook, you can get your food, even gourmet mountain food delivered to your home with Huski.

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My youngest with my husband after his ski lesson in Madonna di Campiglio. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.
My youngest with my husband after his ski lesson in Madonna di Campiglio. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.

You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America. You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.

Featured Image: My youngest wearing his ski harness before going skiing in Madonna di Campiglio. 7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing.

Pinzolo/Madonna di Campiglio has opened its first 5 stars luxury hotel- Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti

Pinzolo/Madonna di Campiglio has opened its first 5 stars luxury hotel- Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti

Pinzolo/Madonna di Campiglio has opened its first 5 stars luxury hotel- Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti

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Interior Pool at the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.
Interior Pool at the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.

Pinzolo, the area connected to Madonna di Campiglio and all the Skirama Dolomiti (the massive carousel of resorts to the West of the Brennero Road that goes from Verona to Innsbruck in the Trentino Province), has opened its first five stars luxury hotel, the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.

This ‘jewel of luxury’ is the second of the Lefay Resorts, after the Lefay Resort & Spa at Lake Garda in Gargagno opened in 2008. The resort is centered on the theme of wellness and sustainability in a luxury setting.  Even though the largest region of Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Val Rendena, with the Adamello Presanella group and the Brenta Dolomites has already four of the six 5-star hotels in the Trentino province, this hotel is the first one to earn the five-star luxury classification.

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If thinking in going off-piste this season, you MUST be safe aware. Henry’s Avalanche Talk

My son learning the basics of finding a transceiver on the snow. Henry's Avalanche Talk course on Wimbledon Common.

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Thinking in going off-piste this season? Then why don’t you attend a HAT course before? This is what I have just done yesterday with my oldest son in Wimbledon Common.

Henry’s Avalanche Talk has been around for 25 years trying to explain those people wanting to venture to the great outdoors how to be safe with practical tips. He and his team explain to you in an easy way of what you need to be aware to be safe.

The Ortovox transceiver we've used for this course of Henry's Avalanche Talk. If thinking in going off-piste this season, you MUST be safe aware.
The Ortovox transceiver we’ve used for this course of Henry’s Avalanche Talk. If thinking in going off-piste this season, you MUST be safe aware.

They have a checklist depending on what you will do:

*Where you go:

  • 30°-degree slope
  • Rating and bulletin
  • Recent activity

*How you go

  • Terrain traps
  • Distances
  • Islands of safety

*Prep for rescue

  • Safety equipment
  • Training
  • Human Factors

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Gear Review: The new TOYSHADES collection

My pooch with the TOYSHADES Corbs. Looking good!

Gear Review: The new TOYSHADES collection

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I had the chance to get not one, but two pair of TOYSHADES lenses for using year-round and during this coming ski season. First of all, price is so cheap, that I was a bit sceptical how they would compare to my Oakleys or Raybans – the brands of choice since I was a young adult.

The TOYSHADES Hillwoods model, extremely light and with a lovely design.
The TOYSHADES Hillwoods model, extremely light and with a lovely design.

I bought some lenses on the mountain two years ago in Pila, as my Oakleys were all scratched, and I was suffering then of conjunctivitis. The optician that see me at a ski resort, told me that I needed to purchase a new good pair of lenses. These were some cheap lenses bought at the ski school in Pila which were pretty decent, but not comparable to a more renown brand.

Two years ago, after the Mountain Travel Symposium, I’ve bought in San Francisco airport my last pair of Oakleys, which I love, and they are in very good nick. So, when I’ve got these two pairs of shades, I thought that they were not going to compare to my Oakleys. But I was surprised!

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What’s new in Cortina for the 2019-2020 Winter Season

Cortina in winter. Photo: Dino Colli. Cortina Marketing. What’s new in Cortina for the 2019-2020 Winter Season.

What’s new in Cortina for the 2019-2020 Winter Season

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Cortina is one of the most renown and grand ski resorts in the world and certainly one of the tops in Italy. Cortina has always been the place where the elite got together to ski and practice winter sports, with amazing landscapes of the Dolomite mountains wherever you look at. As it has recently won the co-joint title to host the 2026 Winter Olympics with Milan, and is also hosting on 2021 the FIS World Ski Championships, Cortina is bustling with activity getting ready.

Last year there was already some enlargement and modification in some of their pistes, where the FIS Ladies’ World Cup are held each year- these were the runs of the Tofana and Col Druscié areas. Snowmaking facilities were improved as well, and a new black piste was created in the Faloria ski area, called Scoiattolo (squirrel in Italian).

Cortina d'Ampezzo, beautiful from all angles. Photo: Cortina 2021.com- What’s new in Cortina for the 2019-2020 Winter Season.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, beautiful from all angles. Photo: Cortina 2021.com- What’s new in Cortina for the 2019-2020 Winter Season.

For the 2019-20 ski season there will be a new gondola from Cortina to Col Druscié. The current cable car will be replaced with a smaller- 10-seat gondola. The base station will be replaced. The new Freccia del Cielo will have a middle stop, to substitute the Colfiere-Col Druscié chairlift that is taken away. As the gondola will transport three times as many skiers and boarders from its renewed base station close to the Olympic Ice Stadium, waiting times are going to be reduced substantially. The slopes and roads of the Col Druscié will also be modified due to hosting some of the competitions of 2021.

A new slope will be opening on the 19-20 ski season in the Cinque Torri area, dedicated to Cortina’s most famous climber, Lindo Lacedelli, taking his name. It will be a piste dedicated to race training, where athletes competing in the 2021 World Ski Championships will train.

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The-Ski-Guru has teamed up with Indy Pass to get you a chance to win one of the two season passes that allow you to ski on 44 independent resorts in North America. The Indy Pass allows you to ski or ride two days per resort, that is 88 days in the season! Plus these independent resorts are great. If you are starting out, you will have a much down-to-earth mountain experience, with all the facilities these mountains have to offer and skiing in unspoilt locations.

Eaglecrest. Photo courtesy: Indy Pass.
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The Indy Pass offers a third day at a discount at participating resorts, and discount for kids lift tickets as well. Lessons and rental discounts are also offered and vary per by resort.

So if you are tempted to start skiing, or to get more skilled, why don’t you register? Somebody has to win these two Indy season passes! You can register by 15th November, 2019, and winners will be announced by 22nd November, 2019.

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A fast-melting glacier in the Mont Blanc raised an alarm in the area of Val Ferret of Courmayeur.

Plampincieux Iconography - from Daily Mail. A fast-melting glacier in the Mont Blanc raised an alarm in the area of Val Ferret of Courmayeur.

A fast-melting glacier in the Mont Blanc raised an alarm in the area of Val Ferret of Courmayeur.

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The Planpincieux glacier on the Grande Jorasses peak of the Mont Blanc massif, which marks the border between Italy, France and Switzerland is fast-melting and could provoke a collapse of 8.8 million cubic feet mass of the 512 square mile glacier.

A helicopter rides on top of the glacier. Photo: Antonio Calanni AP - The Guardian. A fast-melting glacier in the Mont Blanc raised an alarm in the area of Val Ferret of Courmayeur.
A helicopter rides on top of the glacier. Photo: Antonio Calanni AP – The Guardian. A fast-melting glacier in the Mont Blanc raised an alarm in the area of Val Ferret of Courmayeur.

The glacier overlooks the Val Ferret and Planpincieux, 7 km up from Courmayeur. Experts from Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation), a charity in charge of monitoring the glaciers of Aosta Valley, said that this glacier has been moving since they have been monitoring it closely starting in 2013, but the size of a recent fracture and the increase of the speed at which the ice is melting raised the alarm.

This area is popular with hikers, so Courmayeur’s Major Miserocchi closed as a safety measure, mountain refuges and part of a road upon which the ice could directly fall. Contrary to first reported, only one home had to be evacuated. The rest of the 10 homes in the hamlet beneath the glacier are empty summer holiday homes.

A group of 160 or so pupils marched on Friday to protest against climate change with banners and slogans from “Ban plastic, save our planet” to “You broke our glacier”.

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Not for profit organisation UCPA launches new ski touring week in Norway

UCPA Norway ski touring program. Not for profit organisation UCPA launches new ski touring week in Norway.

Not for profit organisation UCPA launches new ski touring week in Norway

Not for profit organisation, UCPA, has launched a new ski touring trip away from its home in France, based in the north of Norway around Tromsø and the Lyngen Alps. 

It’s an expansion of the program that already offers one of the largest choices of ski touring and splitboarding holidays for all levels of skiers and snowboarders across the French Alps.

The 7 night fully guided trip is suitable for skiers with previous off-piste and touring experience only, with 6 days of non-lift accessed skiing through backcountry terrain in remote locations. Potential summits include Store Jaegervasstinden, Russelvjellet, Giilavari, Daltinden, Svarthamartinden, and Gråtinden plus many more.

It’s a chance for skiers to experience a trip that could normally incur huge costs, but at the all-inclusive price that UCPA is well-known for.

The accommodation will be in comfortable guest house style lodges and rooms typically shared between 2 and 4 persons, all meals are included, with the exception of the first and last night dinner in Tromsø.

UCPA Norway ski touring- Northern Lights. Not for profit organisation UCPA launches new ski touring week in Norway
UCPA Norway ski touring- Northern Lights. Not for profit organisation UCPA launches new ski touring week in Norway

Managing Director of Action Outdoors, the UK arm of UCPA, said: “This trip really is one of a kind. The scenery alone in this corner of the world is like no other. The mountains are Alpine in character and contain several glaciers, providing it with exciting terrain despite the highest peak being just 1,833m above sea level – the latitude certainly makes up for the altitude. There may be the chance to witness some of the northern lights too. Although the costs exceed a normal UCPA week in the Alps, we really feel that it provides amazing value considering the potential costs normally involved with fully guided, organised and all-inclusive trips to Norway”.

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So, you want to take your family skiing, but you do not know where to start?

The kids at Maison Vielle- enjoying the day in the sun. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. So, you want to take your family skiing, but you do not know where to start?

So, you want to take your family skiing, but you do not know where to start?

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The summer holidays are finished, kids starting school again, and you got the holiday blues. The best thing to do to combat this feeling is getting ready for your next holiday.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I always need to have a holiday to look forward to. How about if you want to initiate your family into skiing but have never done so? And what happens if yourself are not that experienced at it? You might have gone when young with your school but did not think any more of it.

And maybe the mountains caught your attention, but you did not have the money when young and the world was a big place to discover and were not thinking in this kind of holiday.

The boys waiting for their ski race- Photo: Patrick Hinchy. So, you want to take your family skiing, but you do not know where to start?
The boys waiting for their ski race- Photo: Patrick Hinchy. So, you want to take your family skiing, but you do not know where to start?

Now you are tied down with kids, and holidays are completely different. But you’ve heard of friends going skiing already, and of how much fun they had, and how good it is for your kids to start the sport when they are young, as they are not afraid about falling.

You could maybe master a couple of blue or red slopes, but you are not an expert, or, you have never skied.

The problem with skiing, is that it seems daunting: with the travelling, lodging, transfers to the mountains if not lodged ski in – ski out; the equipment, the weight of it all, the clothing you need, the ski or snowboard school for getting all started….you are tired of it before you even begin organising yourself!

But do not despair – I know that all seems awful before starting, but if you like to master tasks and break them into little bits and bops to tackle one at a time, you can definitely be organising the first of an annual holiday that you’ll cherish for ever. Or, if you could not be bothered with the fuss, but still want to introduce your family to a holiday in the snow, then you can always contact a tour operator or travel concierge!

The big picture

Just imagine the rewards, paradisiac landscapes in pristine snow and blue skies, or snow tip-tapping in your face, the silence you can feel when it is snowing, cuddling up under a fluffy blanket by the fire with a nice cup of hot chocolate or wine, the interminable strings of stories of hilarious things that happen to you when you are in the mountain which are great to share with friends. All these things make these kinds of holidays really worth it. For me, it is the holidays I like the best, I think all year of them, I crave my time in the mountains like crazy when I am in the lowlands.

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Arapahoe Basin is now part of the IKON Pass

Arapahoe Basin photo: Dave Camara. Arapahoe Basin is now part of the IKON Pass.

Arapahoe Basin is now part of the IKON Pass

Arapahoe Basin has made the news recently for leaving the alliance with Vail Resorts and being part of the Epic Pass due to major problems with overcrowding, including parking on US6 that was making it just dangerous for visitors and drivers alike.

Arapahoe Basin Cam. Arapahoe Basin is now part of the IKON Pass.
Arapahoe Basin Cam. Arapahoe Basin is now part of the IKON Pass.

I guess it is difficult to be an independent resort in the current climate of concentration of the ski market in the US, so now A Basin will be part of the competitor of the Epic Pass – the IKON Pass. The IKON Pass can be used in 40 global ski destinations, including six in Colorado, now with A Basin:

Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort.

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