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Your First Day on the Mountain With Kids

Are you planning a family skiing trip to New Zealand? Getting the whole family up, dressed, ready, and up the hill may seem daunting, but with these helpful tips, you can make the experience as easy as possible. Read on to learn how to optimise your skiing adventure with your family in beautiful New Zealand!

Pick up Your Passes in Advance

To save valuable time and get everyone on the snow faster, consider picking up your mountain passes the day before you head to the ski field. Make sure to securely attach the passes to your jackets before you leave to avoid losing them and delaying your skiing plans.

Prepare the Night Before

Make the morning smooth sailing by laying out each child's clothing the night before. This way, it will be ready to put on in the morning, and all other extra layers and spares should already be packed. Being well-prepared in advance will help you start your day on the slopes smoothly.

Rise & Shine Early 

Set the alarm clocks and resist the temptation to sleep in! Arriving early at the ski field is essential to avoid being behind schedule and missing out on precious skiing time. Car parks tend to fill up quickly, and lugging all your gear up the hill with kids can be challenging. Arriving early allows you to secure a parking spot and have some relaxed time before hitting the slopes.

Fuel Up with a Hearty Breakfast

Skiing requires a lot of energy, so make sure to start the day with a nutritious breakfast for the whole family, including yourself. A hearty breakfast will provide the energy needed for a day of skiing and ensure everyone stays fueled up and ready for an exciting day on the snow.

Collect Your Hire Equipment Early

If you plan to rent equipment for the day, make it a priority to pick it up as soon as you arrive at the mountain. Avoid waiting in long queues and wasting precious time by being one of the first to collect your hire equipment. Plus, being early may also give you a better selection to choose from.

Reassure Your Kids

If your kids are heading to ski school tell them when you will be back to pick them up and stick to that time, don’t be late, and more importantly (especially if your child gets nervous about being by themselves) don't come back BEFORE that time. Let them meet new friends and get to know their instructor, a visit from mum and dad on the mountain might seem like a good idea, but more often than not it will just upset your child when you leave again. No fun for the kids or the instructor, help make it easier and just leave them to their day and enjoy your own time on the snow. Maybe have a little spy from a distance!

Lastly, Have fun!

Remember, you're on a skiing trip with your family, so relax and have fun! Enjoy the beautiful slopes of New Zealand, learn new skills, and cherish precious moments with your loved ones. Skiing is a thrilling adventure that creates lasting memories for the whole family.

Why Ski New Zealand?

Simple - Because every visitor to New Zealand deserves the very best experience.

At Ski New Zealand we know that simply selling you one of our Ski Packages isn't enough to ensure a great experience.

That’s why we take the time to prepare our suggestions to include the things we know our guests want and will enjoy. Almost 90% of the SKI NZ packages we create and book are tailor-made for our guests. We take the time to consult with you, learn about your group’s abilities, the kind of place you enjoy staying in, how you want to travel up and down the mountain and of course how you want to feel about your Ski Holiday. By this we mean some people want to be completely exhausted and exhilarated at the end of each day, some want to take it easy, enjoy a few runs and then a coffee or a wine. Everyone is different.
Our team of New Zealand specialists are based in Wanaka which if you didn’t already know is probably the best location to be in if you enjoy winter snow sports. Nearly everyone here enjoys skiing or snowboarding, some to extreme levels and others enjoy a more relaxed and family approach to the slopes. This means we have people who with real-life, real-time experience located right in the heart of New Zealand’s ski area. The advice they give comes with true local knowledge.

So if you want to explore Coronet Peak or the Remarkables in Queenstown, Cardrona, Snow farm or Treble Cone in Wanaka, Roundhill & Mt. Dobson in Tekapo or Mt. Hutt near Christchurch then talk to the team at Ski New Zealand before you book your next winter holiday.

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