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Skiing

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Skiing

We are a family of 6 adults and 1 baby of 10 mths old

Is it feasible to take a skiing holiday with a baby? Are there crèches or anything for the adult who is 'babysitting' to do whilst others are out skiing?

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1. Re: Skiing

Yes nabs1000, it is possible to have a ski holiday with a baby. You have several choices:

1. place the baby in a child care affiliated with the ski area/resort

2. Hire a local babysitter/childcare

3. Bring along a babysitter who may or may not ski

4. Have the adults in the group "trade off" skiing and watching the baby

Enjoy your vacation!

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I realize that most people, when they say skiing, they mean downhill skiing, but I just want to point out what a terrific, family-friendly activity cross country skiing is. I went skiing with my daughter the first time when she was less than 6 months old and we've taken our kids skiing every year. We have rented a "pulk" which secures the baby and allows you to take them with you. They loved it and it was a great day out.

http://www.skiboston.com/skitrack/pulk.php

They transferred to their own skiis at 3 or 4 years old. Also, we can take the whole family for a day of skiing for $60, which is a big bonus. My kids have learned great ski skills and have transferred easily to downhill now that they are older.

I know that Whistler has comprehensive childcare, ski school and babysitting services, as well as great cross country trails and pulk rentals, so it gives you the option to downhill and leave baby behind, and also to spend some time enjoying skiing with your baby.

http://www.whistler.com/family/

http://www.whistler.com/nordic/lost_lake/

Edited: 09 October 2012, 23:22
ulverston cumbria...
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3. Re: Skiing

Thanks for your advice

You're right, I hadn't considered cross country skiing

I'll consult the family

Thanks once again

C A

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Best advice is leave baby in UK with granny - that's what I did (I've got twins!). No point in having to be a bored babysitter whilst everyone else out enjoying themselves on the peists (and then the skiers consequently feeling guilty about leaving the bored babysitter behind). Baby couldn't care less if its in UK or Alps so long as its warm and fed! Leave baby/toddler at home till at least age 7 with Granny, then take to dry ski slope, learn to put on boots, walk in skis, get on and off button lift and do basic snow plough turns, then will be big enough to stay in ski school all day, won't cry and whine when it falls over, will progress very quickly and by end of 1st week will be doing parallel turns and winning races just like my twins who are now awesome skiers (aged 24!). Happy skiing!

Edited: 28 January 2013, 10:07
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