The most important aspect of planning a ski trip with family is to make a ski vacation reservation. It is extremely important to choose a ski resort that is intended for families and kids. It is important to remember that not all resorts are appropriate for first-time skiers and you should make sure not to choose the ones intended for expert skiers as the facilities offered by those may not be suitable for families and kids.
Resorts geared towards beginner skiers are quite easy to find these days. The majority of them market themselves as spots where one can learn skiing. When looking to make a reservation for a ski vacation, make sure you choose a resort that has a reserved area for beginner skiers as well as an easy and slow mode of transportation to the hilltop. The package deal should also include access to the skiing area, suitable skis, poles and boots and a guaranteed two-hour skiing lesson in a small-sized group. If these facilities are not marketed, you should check with the administration about their availability. In case, any of these features are not offered, you should look somewhere else.
Remember that ski resorts want you to spend your hard earned income with them. If you are a first time skier, you will find a large number of resorts offering a range of accommodations that simplify the process of getting equipped and being positioned on the top of the hill for trying out skiing for the first time. Some resorts even provide photographers to record your first appearance on the slopes.
Always look for a ski resort that offers family discount packages, which may include free lift tickets for kids with every adult purchase, in addition to free accommodation for kids. Many of the popular ski resorts will offer skiing lessons on a daily basis, sometimes twice every day, plus suitable equipment upgrading as your skills improve.
Before booking a ski resort, check if it is has slope side condominium. This type of lodging is perfect for families. It typically includes a couple of bedrooms, a kitchen and an eating area so that you don’t have to go to a restaurant and spend money on every meal. Another option is to go for a suite that includes a kitchen. Easy access to the parking area will save you from the hassle of dragging skis inside and make the transportation to and from the slopes easier. A gym and indoor pool can also come in really handy, especially to keep the kids occupied. Last but not least, you should look for a resort that provides transportation to the slopes directly from the accommodation.
The best is to make reservation ahead of time whenever possible. Most resorts are willing to go an extra mile to serve their customers and are expected to provide the best possible service. However, you still need to make sure that the resort you are choosing offers all the services you desire.