Written by : Bridget Webber.
Snow holidays are great for families for a variety of reasons. From time to play and enjoy each other's company, to staying fit and healthy, family skiing is an opportunity for pleasure and health combined. Both adults and children can marvel at the wonder and beauty of ice-clad mountain ranges and snow topped peaks. They can zoom across a soft, white bed of snow with the wind in their hair and smiles on their faces. Add to this positive social aspects of vacationing as a family, and the opportunity to stay fit during the winter when everyone else is lumbering and snoozing by the fireside, and there's a winning combination to be had.
Magical winter wonderland
It's no wonder people associate snow with magic, mystery and beauty. Many ski resorts are the stuff of dreams, especially for families who live in busy cites and don't get to see wide-open spaces often. Skiing holidays offer far more than skiing to keep the entire family occupied. Even if a family member can't ski or doesn't wish to, they can still admire the view from a ski lift, or go sledging through the snow while being pulled by huskies or reindeer.
Snowshoeing, snow games, winter sports, starlight treks through the nighttime snow and in some places, viewing the amazing display of natural colored lights known as the Aurora Borealis, can make a snow holiday a fantastic time to top up on special memories families won't want to forget.
Because of the magic and wonder, along with the many activities a snow holiday has to offer, families can keep each member happy, ensuring no one feels left out. Ski runs have varying degrees of competence levels attached to them. However, families who want to stick together can remain on runs kids can merrily ski along, until it's time for sleepy young ones to enjoy an afternoon nap while being watched over by qualified chalet staff. Then, parents can whiz off down harder ski runs, safe in the knowledge that their kids are fine.
Any adult who's skied for the first time and witnessed tiny children gliding past them with ease, as they themselves cling to their spouses arm, will recognize the benefits of learning to ski at a young age. Children are less fearful when it comes to slippery surfaces than adults, and teaching them to ski can be simple. If they fall over a few times, they consider it a laughing matter, get right on up, and start again. Therefore, taking them on a skiing vacation while they are little can be an investment for their future, as they will go from strength to strength with the activity rather than having to begin from scratch later on.
Snow holidays tend to keep people fit. Such fun is had that they hardly notice they are exercising while playing in snow or snowboarding. Families who don't usually keep fit will notice their legs aching a little if they are beginners, but once skiing becomes a regular activity leg muscles increase, along with a skier's strength and endurance.
Snow holidays provide families with a chance to spend quality time together building happy memories. There is so much to do, and such fun to experience that vacation time in a winter wonderland can seem to fly by quickly. Additionally, family skiing and associated activities can become an annual event that helps keep families in touch as they grow and move in different directions in later years. This can make family snow holidays highly valuable.
What do family ski holidays mean to you? What are your fondest memories? What are your family's plans?
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