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@bobcat, you can prepare as much as you can but in the end becoming a parent and having responsibility for what is initially a totally dependent new-born was like nothing we had ever previously experienced.

It's a bit like stopping at the top of a nasty-looking black slope you have never tried when you aren't sure about the conditions lower down. You either have to commit fully and make the most of what you find, or decide not and go back down the red you have enjoyed many times before.
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...and never improve or find out how much fun it is Smile
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You won't avoid it getting more expensive! Starts with childcare and a travel-cot in parents' room, but soon escalates to include ski lessons, ski hire, lift pass, and then the killer: the restriction to half-term.


This!! School holidays are what make skiing with children expensive, so as others have said, find ways to make it work before they're school age, and then sell a kidney Laughing

And whilst it's not the pre-children experience of lovely accommodation, nights in the bar / restaurant enjoying apres ski and dinner, it's equally enjoyable, just different. We've preferred to go over Christmas rather than February half term as its actually less busy, and so magical for children.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Not many better feelings than teaching your kids to ski, watching them gain the love of the mountains (and quickly get better than you!)
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We didnt ski when the kids were little, I wouldnt pay for them to be in childcare and wouldnt leave them at home. We like sailing so spent our money on summer hols. So we waited till they could ski and when youngest was about 4 we had a week without them, and after that weve been every year. It starts off quite cheaply with cheap lift passes, ski hire etc, then its expensive cos you are stuck with half term, then its more expensive when they become adults.

Both are good skiers. Son keener than daughter. Son is now 6’3 and strong.... he picks me up when I fall Very Happy
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Lots of talk about half term. Once ours were of school age, we mostly did Easter - it has loads of benefits :
Cheaper
better weather
longer days
much quieter on the slopes
longer hols, so more chances to find cheap flights
much nicer to drive, it that's your preferred option
easy to find accommodation which doesn't insist on w/e to w/e 7 day trips. Keeps costs down, and 3 or 4 days is often plenty.

We always tried to find somewhere with easy access to swimming pools, walks, toboggans etc as well - treat it more as a holiday than a ski trip.
If you really need a 'proper' ski fix, just go for a few days with mates, don't try and do too much on a family trip.
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pendodave wrote:
Lots of talk about half term. Once ours were of school age, we mostly did Easter - it has loads of benefits :
Cheaper
better weather
longer days
much quieter on the slopes
longer hols, so more chances to find cheap flights
much nicer to drive, it that's your preferred option
easy to find accommodation which doesn't insist on w/e to w/e 7 day trips. Keeps costs down, and 3 or 4 days is often plenty.

We always tried to find somewhere with easy access to swimming pools, walks, toboggans etc as well - treat it more as a holiday than a ski trip.
If you really need a 'proper' ski fix, just go for a few days with mates, don't try and do too much on a family trip.


Yes - we did Easter for the first few years when the kids are small.
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foster a child.
take the child skiing.
When back, return child back to foster system.
That way you know one way or another if it works.
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Or take @Mr.Egg, he is basically an overgrown child. Although you will need an XXL Baby Bjorn to carry him in
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Anything is possible, from giving skiing up for a few years until they're old enough to learn, through to bringing them along on every trip and making suitable arrangements, or simply continuing with your annual adult ski holiday whilst leaving them at home. In our case, my wife and I skied separately with friends/relatives (in term-time) for a few years, leaving the other to take care of the kids at home. Then we joined the school-holiday set and went en famille. I think you'll just have to see how it goes: your annual ski trip will be the least of your concerns re your children.
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
If you are thinking of coming skiing, check out Morzine which is a great family resort. If you need childcare check out Altitude Nannies which I run. http://www.altitudenannies.co.uk
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