Family skiing for the first time - how to prepare?

Family Skiing for the First Time: How to Prepare

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What comes to mind when you hear “winter”? Many associate this time of year with the cold. Although it can be chilly, it remains the season of warm emotions. Winter allows you to dedicate more time to your loved ones, filling the months with weekends and holidays that you can spend with your family. You can play various games in the snow, go sledding, or ski together. If you have decided to embark on a family ski vacation, here’s what you need to know. We have prepared some tips to assist you, especially if it’s your first time on a winter family vacation and you’ll be skiing together.

1. Choose a resort that offers good conditions

  • Choose a place with tracks for children or for beginners

Select a location with slopes designed for children or beginners. Fortunately, most local resorts cater to this need. We recommend Bansko. The ski slopes here stretch over 75 km, with nearly 30% suitable for those with limited experience. The Bansko ski road, Shiligarnik 1 ski slope, and Todorka ski slope (lower part) are easily identifiable.

  • Choose a ski instructor or ski school

It’s beneficial for children to be introduced to the world of skiing by professionals. They guide them on proper body positioning, teach them how to make turns, and instruct on falling safely. While you may handle this if you’re experienced on the slopes, we advise relying on a qualified instructor. Bansko offers numerous schools providing ski training, available both individually and in groups. You know your children best and can decide which option suits them. However, children often enjoy group activities with their peers, making it a worthwhile consideration.

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  • Find a suitable hotel  

After a long day on the ski slopes, you need complete rest. Choose a hotel that offers comfortable and convenient accommodations. Balkan Jewel provides cozy studios, modern one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and luxury villas. The rooms are equipped with everything you need to make your stay pleasant and peaceful. In the hotel, you will also find a relaxation area where you can unwind with a variety of massages. If you want to try traditional Bulgarian dishes, visit the complex’s restaurant. The chefs rely on fresh products and time-tested Bulgarian recipes, ensuring the dishes will impress you with their unique taste.

Part of good preparation includes talking to your children. Foster a positive attitude for them towards the upcoming events.

2. Talk to the kids and tell them what to expect

Prepare them; they might fall often in the beginning, but this is completely normal. Every start is challenging. If you have more experience on the ski slopes, advise them. Share stories from the times when you learned to ski. The important thing is to understand that skiing is a fun adventure, and there is nothing to be afraid of. You can encourage them to participate in the packing. This way, they will be more involved in the upcoming holiday.

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3. Choose the right equipment together

If this is your first time on the ski slopes, we advise you not to buy ski equipment. It’s better to rent what you need. This way, you can decide whether skiing is “your sport” without spending a lot of money. There are many places in Bansko where you can rent equipment. Of course, some things, such as the clothes you will wear, are good to buy in advance. Here’s what you will need to make your vacation enjoyable:

  • Skis and poles – It is no coincidence we start with them. They are the most important part of a ski holiday. The variety of colors and patterns can easily confuse you. Therefore, we recommend you choose on the spot and be sure to try them. The length of skis is often determined by the height and weight of the one who rides them. When choosing poles, make sure that the angle between the forearm and the armpit is straight.
  • Ski boots –Children could be attracted to a model because of its color, but comfort comes first. Try different models before making a final decision. Make sure the shoes you choose are comfortable and there are no gaps.
  • Ski clothing – You could choose a ski suit or pants and a jacket. Whatever your choice is, it should follow a few basic requirements. First of all, the clothing must be water and heat-resistant, keeping the body warm and dry. The material from which it is made is also important. It must allow the body to “breathe.” Last but not least, check if it is windproof and tear-resistant. Clothing must be made of strong material to withstand falls.
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  • Ski helmet – Although experienced skiers often ignore the helmet, it is very important, especially if you have no experience on the slopes. It protects you from accidents and serious injuries. Its choice goes hand in hand with choosing a ski mask.
  • Ski mask –It is important to choose ones with good UV protection. Masks with light lenses (gold, green, pink) are suitable when the weather is cloudy. Those with dark lenses (brown, gray) are a good choice when the day is clear and bright.

And to summarize, good preparation and proper equipment are important for a good time. But the most important thing is to have fun. Experience shows that children remember what they do with their parents. Give them a ski holiday in Bansko. It will be filled with wonderful emotions and lots of smiles.

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