Skiing and snowboarding is an incredibly fun activity for the whole family. Both you and your husband might have skied with you families growing up or you learned in college but, either way, you want your children to have this experience as well. Adventures to a ski resort can involve a large amount of preparation, however. Vacation planning and preparation is difficult enough especially if you have small kids that cannot help you with any of it. Not only do you need to pick out your own outfits for the entire week, you need to pack each one of their bags and, in all likelihood, your husband's suitcase as well. Ski gear is also very different from normal every-day winter wear; these outfits need to be insulated and waterproof. You also need disposable tissues and sunglasses. Here is a list of essential items that help keep the family ski trip fun and non-stressful.
1) Really warm mittens, socks, and hats. Our toes and fingers are what get cold first and normal mittens simply cannot stand up to the chill that is always present on the ski slopes. If this trip is your children's first ski trip, then they will be spending most of their time in the snow as they try to get the right sense of balance on those skies or snowboard. Five minutes without thick socks and great hand warmers, however, will have them begging to go back to the lodge.
2) Sun protection. Even up on the mountain you need a pair of great sunglasses or goggles and lots of sunscreen. The sun might peak through those dense clouds for only fifteen minutes, but it is enough to give your nose a rosy red glow, one that is not from the windburn. The protective polarized eyewear not only helps keep the wind-blown snow out of your eyes, it also reduces glare so that you can better see where the ice patches are.
3) Snacks & Necessities. Since you do not want to spend the whole day in the lodge, load your pockets with packs of tissues, a few granola bars, a small bottle of water, and lip balm. These are the chief complaints while you are on the mountain. As long as people feel warm, their nose is not runny, and their lips are protected, everyone will be much more comfortable and they will have a great time!
You and your family will love this ski trip and it might turn into an annual event! Just do not forget the polarized sunglasses, the lip balm, and the thick mittens and it will be a very successful vacation.
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