Sloping off with the family this winter? Here’s your ultimate pre-skin guide to a trip on-piste
• Safety first! Always buy a helmet that has been fitted correctly.
• Always apply sun cream in the morning and top up throughout the day. And don’t forget good-quality goggles and sunglasses.
• Layers are the perfect way to keep warm. Stock up on those wind- and water-resistant outer layers and gloves.
• 80% of heat is lost from the head, so be sure to wear a hat or headband.
• Always arrange a meeting place when out on the slopes – and make sure your child has your phone number, hotel and instructor’s details in case of separation.
INDOOR SKI SLOPES
Practice makes perfect, so before your trip, head for those snow-like mountains that don’t require a passport, to gain confidence before your family holiday.
19 Michael Road, London SW6 2ER
These slopes are ideal for learning the basics. Suitable for anyone from five years plus, there are two remote-controlled treadmill-like slopes that rotate uphill, making it an ideal place for developing skiing skills in the capital.
The Snow Centre
St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 9NH
Offering various junior lessons to suit every skier, The Snow Centre even has its own Snow Garden for little ones aged two to five years. thesnowcentre.com
Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate,
Milton Keynes MK9 3XS
Kids can enjoy the real snow slopes through SnoAcademy, a unique children’s club designed to develop young skiers’ abilities. Operating three age groups: three to six years; seven to 10 years; and 11 to 15 years.
Locations in Chiswick, Reading and Basingstoke
With revolving, fully adjustable slopes Skiplex replicates a real piste. Covered with an astroturf carpet, they are the fastest and most economical way to learn, train and gain – suitable for all abilities, for those aged five years and older.
FAMILY SKI SPECIALISTS
Meriski – Holidays in France meriski.co.uk
Scott Dunn – Holidays in North America, Alps and other European destinations scottdunn.com
Ski Famille – Holidays in France skifamille.co.uk
Powder Byrne – Holidays in Austria, Italy and Switzerland powderbyrne.com
Esprit Ski – Holidays in France, Italy and Austria espritski.com