Family skiing from Hong Kong

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Family skiing from Hong Kong

With the ski season in full swing, now is the time to plan your trip and head to the mountains. Whether it’s a short haul holiday in Asia to Japan, South Korea or China, or a destination further afield in Europe or North America, CK Ski’s latest article for Playtimes magazine in Hong Kong offers tips and advice on getting to the mountains with your children in tow. Read the full article on Playtimes or an excerpt on CK Ski…

Preparing for your trip

For first-timers, parents and children alike, it’s a good idea to practice before your first ski holiday: familiarise yourself with skis and boots. Offering lessons for all ages, Play in Kwun Tong, is an indoor ski and snowboard centre that can do just that.

And remember to plan some fitness into your weekly routine, about six weeks (if possible) before you hit the slopes.


A ski holiday with babies and toddlers

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Sahoro, Japan. Credit: Club Med, Kei Yoshida

Ideally you want to make the travel experience with babies and toddlers as stress-free as possible. Consider an all-inclusive ski accommodation package with childcare, crèche facilities, meals and entertainment.

Sahoro, Japan and Yabuli in China are good short-haul options. Club Med offers the ‘Petit Club Med,’ a crèche facility aimed at children aged two to four, available at both locations.


Skiing with young children

Establish where your accommodation is in relation to the ski school and nursery slopes to keep carrying ski kit to a minimum. Morzine, the pretty main hub of the Portes du Soleil, is under an hour from Geneva airport with wide village nursery slopes, ice rink, swimming pool and tobogganing.

An Asian option is Yongpyong, the largest of the South Korean resorts, with 31 slopes and 15 lifts, suitable for various levels and ages.

If you have family in Europe, why not add a few days to your trip and fly, via your homeland, on to a smaller airport with a ski resort nearby. Accessed via London and Zurich, Austrian family-friendly Tirolean resorts including Seefeld and Kühtai are 30 minutes from Innsbruck.


Skiing with teenagers

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Chalet Baroque, Ski Armadillo, Verbier

As your children get older with the patience to handle longer flights, look for resorts with more challenging terrain and specific activities for teenagers to keep them entertained. Verbier in Switzerland offers extensive and varied terrain and has a number of excellent ski schools and camps.

In terms of accommodation, there is nothing quite like a chalet holiday – afternoon tea on the table, evening meal and wine in front of a roaring fire, cooked breakfast and in-resort driver if you need it. Ski Armadillo in Verbier is a superb high-end chalet company offering a reasonably priced, true chalet experience that your whole family will appreciate.

Further afield is Whistler, Canada, and from Hong Kong you can fly direct to Vancouver with a resort transfer of two hours. The resort is family-friendly, with a designated ‘Family Zone.’

Alternatively look a little closer at Niseko, Japan via direct flights to Sapporo and a two-hour transfer to resort.

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Sahoro, Japan. Credit: Club Med, Kei Yoshida

And finally

Skiing with children can be expensive – think equipment, clothing, travel and accommodation! Until your children have committed to skiing and whilst they are still growing quickly, consider renting skis and boots. When renting equipment, look for offers in advance to help with the holiday cost.

Read the full Playtimes article online.

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