If your little ones are newbies to shredding powder then it is understandable that you will be preoccupied with making this a fun and memorable activity. I am a strong believer that the most important element in the equation is choosing the right resort.
Morzine is a superb choice as it is one of the few resorts with a Famille Plus status, which is awarded to those who demonstrate excellence services for families. It is also easy to reach with a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Morzine has gentle slopes, expert ski schools, charming chalets and dozens of great kid-orientated activities. This creates a wonderful atmosphere that will help your kids to embrace the world of skiing!
Read on for advice on helping your kids to have an unforgettable trip.
Are They Ready?
One of the most common questions that ski-loving parents ask is “when should my child start skiing?” Provided they have good balance and coordination, they should be able to get the hang of it. A love of snow is also a plus and not an issue with most kids!
How Can You Encourage Them?
A skiing vacation is not an ordinary vacation. Help them to get in the right mindset by showing them videos, reading books on skiing and generally showing them what a fun activity it is (this should not be too hard!) It is also wise to get them to try on their skis in the safety of their own home - this will develop confidence and make the first day less intimidating.
Laugh at Tumbles
We all eat the snow at some point. It is important to let your kids know that they will fall over, but that it is all part of the process and a key stage in learning. Tell them amusing stories of your own faceplants and laugh whenever you mess up on the slopes. This will keep things positive and add humour instead of stress or embarrassment.
Lessons or Go Alone?
This comes down to personal preference, but if you are confident that you can teach your children the ropes then, by all means, do so - they will feel more confident under the tutelage of a parent. Start them on gentle runs on the baby slopes and make the experience as happy as possible. On the other side of the debate, ski instructors are trained in helping youngsters and provide a fun and safe learning environment. It can also be beneficial to learn alongside kids their own age too.
Tips and Accessories
One great tip I’ve picked up over the years is to give your kid the handle end of your ski pole and hold it across both of you for support. This helps them to get used to the feeling of travelling across the snow. Harnesses can also be of great assistance in developing confidence with newbies.
Strike a Superhero Pose
If they are struggling at any point, get them to strike a superhero pose with their head up, hands on hips and legs shoulder-width apart. In addition to adding a bit of humour, research shows that adopting this pose boosts self-confidence and allows them to be in the moment. This is a handy tip not just for skiing!
Overall, it is essential that you let your children progress at their own pace and you should never push them. They should associate skiing with fun and the best way to do this is to create a positive environment in which they can learn.
How to Get to Morzine
Flying to Geneva from London takes around 1.5 hours and many of the budget carriers make the flight. You do not want to be messing around with public transport with little ones in tow, so I suggest booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer for stress-free access. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes just over an hour by road.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.