TSI's Useful Tips
Here are a few friendly tips for everyone going on a skiing holiday for the first time or for the 10th time.
Sun Cream, please make sure that all children and adults have enough suntan cream on to protect their skin, whatever the weather. Even if the sun is not out, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get burnt! The rays reflect off the whiteness of the snow and this makes it even more harmful to your skin and don’t forget your lips, ears and the back of your neck too!
Clothing, The weather and temperature can change very quickly from nice and warm to very cold. If it is a very sunny day, that doesn’t mean that it is warm! Make sure that your children have just as good clothing as yourself and just as much, it is always safer having too much and being able to take some layers off than having none to put on when you are very cold. It is recommended that small children wear mittens instead of gloves, since they find normal gloves very hard to get on.
Eyes, please make sure that all children have a pair for sun glasses or goggles, even if the sun is not out, since it can still burn their unprotected eyes. A lot of children refuse to wear goggles, but there are a lot of very trendy sunglasses they can wear with helmets if the weather is not bad, you can also buy a special band to attach to the back of the glasses so that they can’t lose them. They don’t cost much, but can save a lot of grief. The same applies to adults, sunglass/goggle marks are not trendy in the Uk but a lot better than sore burnt eyes!
Equipment, for children, if beginners, they will not need poles for the first few days, unless they are 10yrs+ (Depending on Instructor). When getting skis for smaller children, make sure that the skis stand no higher than their nose. For adults and children, with boots make sure that they are a similar size to your everyday shoe size. Try to not put more than one pair of socks on while wearing a ski boot and also avoid tucking anything inside the boot (trousers, bottoms of ski suits, etc) since this can make your legs sore and cause blisters.
Snacks, It is always a very good idea to pop a little snack into your child’s pocket, since depending on the lesson length, weather and age, they sometimes need a little something to keep them going. If the lesson is over 2hrs, it is a good idea to give them some money or little packed snack. Try and always take your child to the toilet before the lesson, since once the instructor has left the meeting point it is sometimes quite hard to find a toilet nearby and can be quite distressing for the child.
Always make sure that all members of your party drink enough water, it is very easy to get dehydrated while skiing and we tend to forget about this small little thing that can make or break your holiday!