Tips for a ski trip with kids

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Today I am sharing a few things we learnt on this past ski trip with Lulu. Some of these things are things I wish I knew earlier, some are things that worked well for us. Here are my tips for a ski trip with kids:

1.

Book ski school / daycare when you book your accomodation

- Daycare was booked out when we were at Fernie and it was heartbreaking, not only for us but also for Lulu who wanted to play with kids.

2.

Clothing

- Put aside $200 and buy kids ski clothes when you first arrive in the cold country. That being said if you arrive any later than December into Canada there will only be bathers in store, so stock up before you leave. If you are skiing in Australia you can hire ski clothes, so no need to buy kids clothing that they probably won't wear again.

3. Equipment

- This you can hire at any ski resort, but it is usually cheaper to hire in town before you go 'up the mountain'.

4. Be prepared for kids to last about an hour before they want a snack/lunch/break

 - most days I don't think Lulu even lasted an hour.

5. Mittens

- buy more than one pair of mittens. These things get eaten just like socks.

6. Book ski in / ski out accomodation

- Yes it costs more but is totally worth it when your kid cracks it after only 1/2 hour of skiing and refuses to ski for the rest of the day. If we weren't staying on the mountain one of us would have had to drive back to town while the other skied. No fun at all. Ski in / Ski Out accomodation meant we could trade off hanging out in the room with Lulu.

7. Book accomodation with a pool

- As per my Tips for travelling with kids post, a pool gives you a non-skiing physical activity to do.

Do you have any tips for a ski trip with kids? Am sure there are many more!

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Favourite Posts

Over the weekend I did a little bit of digging through the archives and I thought I'd share a few of my favourite posts, I hope you like them too:
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On being parents:
A baby shower alternative - Pre-baby BBQ
A little bit of Discipline
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A typical weekend in Alice Springs and a non-typical weekend in Alice Springs
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Our winter in Revelstoke
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Our trip to Baalbek and more from Lebanon
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Guillian Barre Syndrome
Our experience managing toddler aspiration
Our tips for staying at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital
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I love watching TV!
Read about my Tuesdays with Bones
My review of Veep and House of Cards
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And sometimes I like to frock up!
Read about my foray into online clothes shopping
See Lulu & I frockin' up
My first ever Frockin' up post

Mt Buller Recommendations

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If you are after a great family holiday, a ski mountain is the place for you. Everything is catered towards families, with plenty of activities for kids, even those who can't ski.

Getting there
There is no on mountain parking, so all guests (day or overnight) have to leave their cars at a carpark about 5 mins from the village and take a free shuttle up to the village. This time we left our car in the free parking at Merrimbah, located at the base of the mountain where the park entry is, then took the bus from Merrimbah to the village. The bus turned out to be only slightly more than the park entry plus overnight parking fee and we didn't have to lug our baggage through the snow to the shuttle. It was win win.

Accomodation
We stayed at the Mt Buller Chalet Hotel. The Chalet is ski in ski out, perfect location. Breakfast was included, so while we love the hunt for new breakfast locations in a new city, on the mountain a provided breakfast was the best thing. One of us could take Lulu down to the breakfast room while the other got ready, keeping her entertained and full. The Chalet had a pool, which Lulu loved. I was also lucky enough to make use of their dayspa. The saltscrub massage is to die for.
Downside? Although on the map the Chalet is across the green run from the daycare, it was a little bit of a hike to get there & with paths not always shovelled and Lulu not big enough to walk she became pretty heavy. My solution? I talked Nick into taking her each morning and I hired a sled/toboggan to pull her home in.

Gear
Nick and I have our own gear, but for Lulu we hired gear from Ski Centre Mansfield. They are way cheaper than hiring on the mountain and the staff are lovely.

Food 
Powder Bar - Excellent pizza, coffee and cocktails. Aperol anyone? The waitress loved Lulu, spending more time playing with her than serving customers. A plus for us but maybe not for the other customers.
Kooroora Hotel - A great space for Lulu to run in while one of us chased her and the other enjoyed a quite wine/beer. Their kids meals are good too.
Snowpony - Good coffee and excellent furry walls. If you are into texture, this is the place for you. It does get busy, however, and there aren't always tables.

The daycare workers were fantastic. Lulu did lots of painting. She played with the toy kitchen and dolls. She even learnt how to use the magic carpet. Can you imagine taking 10 under 3s outside and teaching them how to use the magic carpet? I can't either. The workers had way more energy than me.
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