5 Top Tips for your Skiing Holiday by Kim Watkins

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A guest post by Kim Watkins, keen FiveHiver! Yep, that’s right – Kim previously from Mornings with David and Kim!

We took our three little girls skiing for the first time to Mt Buller in Victoria.. with 7 other families.

Ziggy was 5, and our twins Cameron and Ripley were 7.

One of the families did all of the organising, so I need to be a little careful with my constructive criticism.

We all stayed at one of those lodges where you do all of your own cooking and are required to bring your own bedding.

That was mistake number one.

We very quickly realised there was a MOUNTAIN of sleeping bags and pillows to add to a car already overloaded with skis, boots, and cold weather clothing. In hindsight, we would absolutely have stayed in a hotel, where someone else brought food and wine to us, and cleaned up the mess at the end. And i don’t think the cost would have been too much more.

That said, the lodge was easily positioned up the hill from the ski resort bus stop, so getting to the slopes was not difficult. However, getting back to the lodge with three tired little people and two utterly exhausted big people was a challenge. That walk only looked 50 metres but up hill, through the snow, it felt like trekking across Antarctica.

Of course the LAST thing you feel like doing after a fabulous but tiring day on the slopes, is cooking for masses of people, but that’s exactly what happened. It was hard work but there were plenty of laughs along the way, and some of the mums who didn’t ski, were more than happy to take over the cleanup, while we showered. Thanks, i love you all!!

With so many families we thought we would be able to save loads of money by staying at a Lodge, but we quickly realised the Lodge had WAY overbooked us, so when it came to sleeping, we were crammed in like sardines.

On the positive side, it  really was wonderful to share the experience with so many good friends and the children really loved teaming up with their mates at ski school each day. Even the fact that two of our children came down with swine flu (yes, i’m serious), could not dampen our enthusiasm. It was one of the best holidays we’ve had,  and i felt like the proudest mum EVER, with my three, tiny, helmeted, dare-devils skiing behind me. If you are brave enough to take your family, it will be hard work, but it’s entirely worth the effort.

5 Top Tips for your Skiing Holiday

  • be prepared for your children to cry a lot when they are cold and tired.
  • if you chose to stay in a lodge remember to check the number of beds and maximum capacity before you pay your money. Otherwise a bad sleep and cramped conditions go a long way to spoiling the experience for everyone.
  • hire your skis off the mountain, otherwise you will face long delays organising skis and boots in the morning
  • check the location of your lodge CAREFULLY. Maybe even google earth the position. Those ski resort maps make everything appear much closer than they really are
  • invest in great gloves for the children. You can get away with cheaper ski clothing, but if their hands are cold, it will ruin your amazing experience.

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