One of my favourite things to do as an adventurous mother of five is to share skiing tips, especially for beginners or beginners. And spring is one of the best times for a trip to the mountains, especially if you plan to ski with children. Spring skiing (late March or early April) means that the weather is often nice, the snow is good, and if you can tackle a ski trip in late spring, many of them will keep the crowds away.
While spring skiing has many benefits, this season prepares your family for a ski holiday in a different way than a ski holiday in the middle of winter.
Will you go skiing with your family this spring?
Many families like to plan their ski holidays in late spring, as school holidays, which take place between late March and early April, often work well. If you see another family on the ski slopes, you will see fewer students or groups of adults in the spring.
Personally, this is my favorite time to ski with children and we always try to run as many days as possible in late spring.
Ski tips for families in late spring
As an adventurous ski-loving mom of five, here are my 11 late spring tips for offspring.
1. Dress in layers
If you ski in late spring, be aware that the weather changes a lot. When a ski area is opened, temperatures in adolescence are not uncommon, but during the day they can go as high as 40 (which gets very hot while skiing).
Plan on wearing your warmest diapers in the morning, but after a day you will likely lose some so you don’t get too hot. You can carry it in your backpack to stash all your extra sets, find storage space, or even plan a return trip to pack your ski device.
Remember that children often don’t realize they are too hot on the street. Good children’s clothing made of merino wool or synthetic pillows is essential for controlling their temperature in a ski resort in late spring. Check every few runs that they are not too hot and don’t forget to drink water!
2. Schedule a lunch in line
After the spring break, the ski parks are festive and festive. See worn costumes, decorated cars and lots of music.
Plan the fun as you plan your ski lunch. Bring folding chairs and hang your lunch in the parking lot. While you see a lot of skiing during your full barbecue night, we’ve found it’s often easier to take your hot meal to the spa with the kids.
Our favorite brown lunch is hot chili and chopsticks with oranges and browns for dessert. We leave the elves and wands dotted in the morning so they are warm by the end of lunch. And we always put baby food in the cups so they can easily put it in the cup holder of their camping chair to avoid spillage.
Let the kids help you create a playlist of their favorite energy songs from last night to make your ski lunch more fun.
3. Start the next day
When planning a family ski vacation, you are tempted to spend as much time as possible in the mountains to cover the costs. Access to the first place is a normal breakfast for skiers. However, if you are skiing in late spring, I always advise families not to start skiing before 1pm.
This happens because most of the roads are very frozen in early spring, but when the temperature rises the snow begins to melt. Skiing on icy slopes can be very difficult and frustrating for children and is a bad way to start the day. So, when the ski conditions start in the spring, plan a day of skiing a little later.
4. Be prepared to get wet
Skiing in late spring often results in muddy skiing conditions and lots of snow. If you’ve ever wanted a waterproof ladder (especially for kids) it’s NOW!
Snow pants and gloves are the most common abuse here, and it’s not uncommon for the gloves and pants to get completely soaked after a day of skiing. If your kids don’t have proper waterproof gear, consider bringing extra tools or go somewhere where you can dry your gear very well at night.
If your hotel room or chalet has a dryer, set it to a low position. It can work wonders! And if the inside of the gloves and mittens is very wet, try a hair dryer.
Whatever you do, don’t send your kids out with wet clothes the next day. They cool down much faster, which usually shortens the day on skis.
5. Book your lessons in advance
It’s no secret that family skiers know that spring is one of the best times to ski with children, so ski lessons are often booked in advance … especially as there is so much demand for skiing during the holidays of spring with school schedules. So be sure to call the ski school to book a few days of lessons for your children as soon as you have decided and book your holiday dates.
Even if your children already have skiing experience, a little time with the ski instructor is very valuable and can enrich the rest of your family ski holiday. Ski instructors are trained to focus on the little things about skiing that parents often watch, but which can drastically change a child’s skiing skills. Booking your ski course in advance will help you choose the best dates and courses.
6. Don’t ski every day
I know it’s tempting to go skiing every day … after all, you’re on a skiing holiday with your family. However, most children (and parents) can’t ski every day.
Skiing uses different muscles than most people exercise every day and can drain your body quickly, even if you’re used to exercising on vacation. One of the best ski tricks of my spring is to ski in just two days out of three.
If you are not skiing there are many other ways to be active on vacation, perhaps near the ski area. Check out fun activities like sledding, skating, snowmobiling, and my bold new bike ride.
7. Foam with sunscreen
One of the biggest risks when skiing in spring is sunbathing. As summer approaches, not only will the sun rise, but the sun’s rays will bounce off the snow, making you prone to sunburn from all sides.
Plan on applying sunscreen in the morning and remember to use it again at lunch.
8. Protect your eyes
If there is a risk of sunburn, remember to protect your eyes. During the day, the whole family should wear ski goggles while skiing, but you also want to wear sunglasses on the slopes.
Surprisingly in late spring the ski conditions are clear when the sun bounces off the snow, so suitable sunglasses are much more affordable for lunch and hot chocolate breaks.
9. Plan for all weather conditions
Spring can be one of the most predictable seasons in the mountains, so you need to be prepared for anything. You can take off your jacket when it’s hot or when you want to pack more when it’s cold.
10. Choose your goal wisely
If you’re planning a late spring ski vacation, snowfall on the ski slope early in the season can severely disrupt your spring weather conditions. While most of the locations around Lake Tahoe and the Rockies receive a lot of snow every year, even in mid-April, it doesn’t always happen elsewhere.
11. Let your skis wax
If you borrow your equipment, ignore this advice. However, if you bring your own equipment, you will definitely need a new wax cover for spring skiing, even if you feel waxed most of the year. The wax helps the skis glide and most waxes work best at a certain temperature. You should carry the best ski boots in order to get a premium level of performance.