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If you’re planning a ski holiday later in the season (i.e. March-May,) you must book your resort carefully, to avoid being disappointed by a distinct lack of snow. The key things to consider are; altitude, northerly latitude and reputation for snow (both real and manmade). Read more
Kids take to a lot of things like ducks to water – particularly activities which require a bit of adrenaline and could be considered scary. Riding a bike, learning to swim, riding a skateboard – it’s the fearlessness of many children that mean they often pick up these skills faster than a first-time adult!
You can add winter sports to that list too – especially skiing and snowboarding. That’s why winter sport holidays are all the rage for the whole family; these are incredibly fun activities that everyone can enjoy, and the kids will certainly thank you for letting them master them while they’re young.
There are extra safety concerns where your children are involved, though, so you’ll want to make sure you take the proper precautions. Here are some tips on how your whole family can stay safe on your winter sport holiday.
The first thing to decide when going on any trip is ‘where are we going to go?’ It’s a fun deliberation process, but when you’re taking your kids to participate in winter sports there needs to be a serious element too.
Make sure you research what’s on offer at each resort; for first-timer skiers and snowboarders, regardless of age, you’ll need a resort which provides well-regarded instructors and a high-quality lesson plan. You can often enrol in lessons at the same time as making your reservation.
If you don’t have your own equipment and will need to hire it when you arrive, you can also look into this prior to your holiday. Check out previous customer reviews, and give yourself an idea of what to expect before you get there. You’re looking for good quality skis and helmets.
We can’t stress enough the importance of having a high-quality, well-fitted helmet, especially for the kids. Skiing and snowboarding come with a little bit of danger – it’s what makes them such fun and thrilling sports – but head injuries can occur. Make sure both you and your kids are wearing appropriate helmets which meet safety standards at all times when on the slopes and bowls.
You’ve also got to make sure you’ve packed or hired appropriate clothing for these sports. Just because it’s often sunny at winter sports resorts (and you should apply sun lotion to your children’s faces to protect their skin), don’t be fooled – it’s probably going to be very cold. You should all wear several thin layers of clothing underneath your waterproof snow jackets and trousers.
The first layer should be a wicking material which will keep moisture away from the skin, then perhaps a fleece top or jacket as your second layer. Moisture-wicking socks are also essential to keep your kids’ feet dry, but only wear one pair – don’t be tempted to double up. You’ll all need control of your feet, and a good pair of waterproof boots will give you this while maintaining warmth. Throw on some waterproof gloves and your ski goggles and you and the kids are ready to hit the snow.
Naturally you’ll always be keeping an eye on the kids, but both you the parent and your children must be aware of your surroundings. Always keep an eye out for signs on your ski and snowboarding runs – they could be letting you know about difficult terrain up ahead. You should also be checking out the terrain yourself; either vigorously as you go or beforehand to make sure everything looks safe before your kids set off.
You should also stress to your children the importance of knowing how to stay within limits – both in terms of exploring terrain, but most importantly in their own skill level. Don’t let your children tackle the black runs when they’ve only just mastered the easiest slope in the resort! Take everything one step at a time.
Oh, and make sure you know when the ski lift is coming so you don’t get hit in the backside!
For peace of mind, financial reasons, and for your family’s safety, you should ensure everyone is covered by winter sports travel insurance. It covers your family for all medical emergencies, personal belongings, cash, equipment and more, and with our family policies your children are covered for FREE – saving you money to have fun with on your holiday.
We hope you have a sensational winter sport holiday, and that everyone stays safe while having a huge amount of fun. If you still need to get your winter sport travel insurance, get a quote now.
Any type of sport comes with a certain risk attached, whether that risk is damage to equipment or personal injury. Winter Sports are no different, and typically can cause a lot of injury, ranging from bruises and sprains to broken bones and head injuries, and worse.
If you will be participating in Winter Sports during your holiday, such as skiing and snowboarding, it is extremely important that you invest in adequate travel insurance before you depart. Quality travel insurance should protect your possessions and sports equipment, and provide medical help and assistance if you are injured abroad.
When purchasing Winter Sports Travel Insurance always make sure that;
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Waxing your skis is an important part of keeping them maintained and in good condition; the wax protects the bottom of the skis and lessens friction to allow best usage. Here are our top tips for waxing your skis;
> A waxing iron
> Quality Wax (heated to product instructions; if the wax is too hot it will damage your skis, if it is too cold it could be ineffective)
> A brush
> A wide scraper (never use a metal scraper as it will cause damage)
Although protecting your skis is important, it is vital to have insurance that protects you against injury and illness as well. A reliable policy should ensure that your property is protected in the event of theft or damage, as well as covering other holiday disasters such as cancellation, medical emergencies, no snow plus much more. It really is a must-have purchase before heading on a winter break.
Every year thousands of people get on airplanes and head off on ski holidays abroad. Skis are not allowed to be carried as hand luggage on an aircraft, so must be checked in as luggage. To make sure your skis arrive safely and are not damaged during the flight, here are our top tips for packing and travelling with skis.
If you want an adventure, to work abroad or to enhance your CV this winter season, then a working winter holiday could be perfect for you.
Every year the winter season creates hundreds of job opportunities around the world, as holidaymakers flock to popular destinations such as France, Switzerland and Canada. This extra influx of travellers need to be looked after, and this is where you come in.
Depending on what skills you have, what type of person you are, and what kind of experience you want, there is usually a variety of positions available. Just remember that every company and establishment has different definitions of roles, and different positions available each year.
As a Chalet Host you will have daily contact with guests, preparing their meals, cleaning their chalet and generally making sure they are happy during their stay.
As a Rep you will usually be responsible for providing customer service and making sure that everything flows smoothly at your resort; you will look after guests, answer questions or queries and help plan events.
This can involve cleaning rooms, serving food or drinks, and generally assisting the hotel in anything they need, it could even involve food shopping and preparation.
As well as serving drinks and interacting with guests, you could also be required to clean the bar, monitor stock, and cash up.
Although one of the least glamorous of the jobs available, this job requires no interaction with guests, and no language skills. The clue is in the title; basically you will do all the washing up.
Jobs such as Ski Instructors, Nannies and Chefs are also available, but mainly require previous experience and qualifications.
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