8 Tips for Skiing with Kids:
Tip #1 Take a Lesson
You know how children can be about taking instruction from their own parents. Save yourself (and the kids) unnecessary aggravation and sign them up for a lesson. Or sign up the whole family for an adult & child private lesson.
Tip #2 Keep Everyone Warm
Nothing spoils the fun like frozen fingers and toes. Dress in layers. Wear wool or synthetic ski socks and properly fitting boots. Always have neck gaiters with you (if not on) and remember that mittens are warmer than gloves.
Tip #3 Keep It Fun
Play games such as follow the leader (which is great for working on turns) or sing songs. Keep it light, remember, if they like an activity, their ability will follow.
Tip #4 Keep it Safe
Wear helmets and always have eye protection; I recommend having both goggles and sunglasses with you. Use equipment that is in excellent condition, and stay on runs that are appropriate for the least experienced skier in the group.
Tip #5 Don't Overdo It
Take brakes, drink hot chocolate, rest and warm up in the lodge; for young children and newbies, ease into it with a half-day (or days) of skiing.
Tip #6 Expect the Unexpected
When skiing with children, it is always a good idea to bring a small pack with sunscreen, extra mittens, tissues, and snacks. Ski lodges typically have lockers or cubbies where you can leave a small bag or pack.
Tip #7 Mix It Up
Take advantage of some other activities such as sledding/ tubing, dog sled tours or snowmobiles. Adding variety to your trip will keep things interesting and less physically strenuous.
Tip #8 Know When to Say When
Be on the lookout for signs of fatigue in your little ones. Not only are worn out kids cranky and no fun, they are also prone to falls and injuries. Remember that it is okay to stop before the lifts do, and that you are all here to have fun!
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Big Sky offers a full service daycare program with the Lone Peak Playhouse (LPP), right at the base of Big Sky's slopes. Relax and enjoy the area while your child plays with other children in a safe and fun environment. LPP is a center that operates in conjunction with Big Sky Resort and the Snowsports School. LPP is conveniently located in the Snowcrest Lodge, across the hall from the Snowsports School. Reservations Recommended: (406) 993-2220.