Top tips for planning your child's first school ski trip abroad
Planning for your child's first school trip abroad skiing can be a daunting task. What do you pack, how will they (and you!) feel about them going abroad with their school, what experiences can they expect? We have over 30 years experience providing ski holidays to the Alps and have welcomed many school groups over the years. School ski trips are always a busy time for us, lots of excited faces (and nerves), ready to get on the snow. To help you prepare for their trip, we've put together our Top 5 Tips...
1.) Pack plenty of warm weather gear
Temperatures can dip as low as -20 degrees in the mountains so you can never pack enough warm clothing. Make sure they've got a ski jacket and sallopettes (or all in one suit), lots of ski socks, warm hats, goggles, gloves, thermal vests and hoodies, (plenty of spares for most clothing as they can get damp throughout the day), sun cream (the glare can be quite intense!) and lip salve. Needless to say, label everything with their name! You might be tempted to cut corners and pay less for items such as ski socks, but these are specifically designed for snow sports. Your child will thank you when their feet are still toasty warm after hours outside!
2.) Arrange/ check Passport and EU Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Your school should keep you up to date on what documents you need to hand into them, but typically you'll need to send in your child's passport and EHIC several weeks prior to the trip.
3.) Accommodation and catering at Hucksters
Our chalets and lodges provide excellent, comfy accommodation for groups. For school groups, rooms are mixed between twins, triples and bunk beds. They will be cosy, but all rooms in Serre Chevalier, and most in Vallandry, will have an en-suite. Most of the rooms have amazing mountain views. Our team cook simple but tasty wholesome food to fuel them for the day and warm them up after a day on the slopes. The food is usually children's favourites including Shepherd's Pie, Spaghetti Bolognese, Roast Dinner and Tartiflette - a win if your child loves cheese and potato! If your child has any dietary requirements, of course let us and the school know in advance.
4.) Bring a camera!
There are so many photo opportunities. The trip will be filled with fun, adventure and plenty of memories, so encourage them to snap as much as possible so they can share these with you when they get home. Both chalets have WiFi so they can keep in touch throughout the week (peace of mind for both!).
5.) Think about the extras
Send your child off with things to keep them occupied in the evenings, e.g. cards, games, iPad and snacks. If they are getting the coach it's quite a long journey and kids get bored, so having these extra things to keep them busy will be ideal.
Of course if you've got any other questions your school will be happy to help, as will our team! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing your child a wonderful ski trip. Here's to lots of snow, fun and laughter.