7 must-haves to hit the slopes with little kids
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7 must-haves to hit the slopes with little kids

Skiing with young children is both fun and absolutely exhausting. With numerous ski trips under my belt, I now know which items are essential for a successful day in the mountains.

We’re mostly out of the woods with our children. At least when it comes to skiing. During our skiing holidays over the New Year, my husband and I were delighted to discover that we can now get down any mountain with our two girls. Over are the days of spending all day running up and down miniature slopes. Any parent who’s spent time on Swiss ski slopes and magic carpets will know why I’m glad I no longer need to shout «pizza» and «fries» at my kids.

Parents shouting «piiiiza!» are omnipresent on Swiss ski slopes. This kiddie skiing jargon is used to tell a child to slow down by pointing the tips of their skis together.
Parents shouting «piiiiza!» are omnipresent on Swiss ski slopes. This kiddie skiing jargon is used to tell a child to slow down by pointing the tips of their skis together.
Source: Katja Fischer

Turns out, all those frayed nerves were an investment that paid off. After numerous ski trips involving ranting toddlers and annoyed parents (or vice versa), we now know exactly what we need to pack to keep stress levels on the slopes as low as possible.

1. Foot and hand warmers

If your kids are dealing with cold hands or feet, everything’ll grind to a halt. No amount of encouragement in a cheery tone will help. The only place you can run to now is the closest restaurant. But you have to get there first. That’s why we always have hand and foot warmers on us. On very cold days, we slip them into our boots and gloves before hitting the slopes.

2. Lip care

Sometimes the most trivial things will prevent you from getting ahead. Dry lips, for example. Yep, I speak from experience. Ever since my youngest went into a full-blown, on-piste strike, I always have lip balm with UV protection in my jacket pocket.

Piz Buin Lipstick (Balm)
Lip balms
Quantity discount
7.30 CHF per piece for 3 units

Piz Buin Lipstick

Balm

Phytopharma Apricoderm Stick (Care pencil, 15 ml)
Lip balms
Quantity discount
12.30 CHF per piece for 2 units 820.– CHF/1l

Phytopharma Apricoderm Stick

Care pencil, 15 ml

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50 (Care pencil)
Lip balms
Quantity discount
10.20 CHF per piece for 2 units

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50

Care pencil

Piz Buin Lipstick (Balm)
Quantity discount
7.30 CHF per piece for 3 units

Piz Buin Lipstick

Balm

Phytopharma Apricoderm Stick (Care pencil, 15 ml)
Quantity discount
12.30 CHF per piece for 2 units 820.– CHF/1l

Phytopharma Apricoderm Stick

Care pencil, 15 ml

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50 (Care pencil)
Quantity discount
10.20 CHF per piece for 2 units

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50

Care pencil

3. Ski harness

We were against getting a much-discussed ski harness for a long time. According to critics, children don’t learn to ski properly with it because they’re not doing the braking and steering themselves. Eventually, we caved and got a harness. And it’s been a great relief.

We used it when the slope was too steep or our little one needed to save her strength. Or to pull the kids up small hills. Honestly, it was worth its weight in gold for all those scenarios.

4. Neck tube

A quick-drying tubular neck scarf primarily protects your neck from the cold. But it also doubles up as a mouth and ear warmer or as a balaclava or hat. This all-purpose item for the snow is easy to pop in your jacket, should temperatures rise. The scarf’s so thin, it hardly takes up any space.

Buff Jr Polar Waft Multi
Scarfs
–24%
only 2 of 3 remaining on sale
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Buff Jr Polar Waft Multi

Buff Jr Polar Waft Multi
–24%
only 2 of 3 remaining on sale
18.30 CHF was 24.20 CHF

Buff Jr Polar Waft Multi

5. Snacks

Without a bit of fuel for in between, our family stops working. We always have a few Werther’s or Mentos at hand. Plus cereal bars for those short on-piste breaks. Occasionally, we’ll even have a mug of punch for a little boost and to warm up our fingers.

Ovomaltine Crisp müesli snack (1 pcs., 25 g)
Confectionery + biscuits
Quantity discount
2.75 CHF per piece for 4 units 110.– CHF/1kg

Ovomaltine Crisp müesli snack

1 pcs., 25 g

Alnatura Organic trail mix 400g (400 g)
Snacks + Chips
Quantity discount
5.20 CHF per piece for 4 units 13.– CHF/1kg

Alnatura Organic trail mix 400g

400 g

Ovomaltine Crisp müesli snack (1 pcs., 25 g)
Quantity discount
2.75 CHF per piece for 4 units 110.– CHF/1kg

Ovomaltine Crisp müesli snack

1 pcs., 25 g

Alnatura Organic trail mix 400g (400 g)
Quantity discount
5.20 CHF per piece for 4 units 13.– CHF/1kg

Alnatura Organic trail mix 400g

400 g

6. Backpack

Speaking of snacks: you’re best off stowing them and other essentials for your ski day in a backpack. Make sure it’s tight-fitting, lightweight and water-resistant.

Deuter Freerider 30 (30 l)
Backpacks
105.– CHF

Deuter Freerider 30

30 l

Deuter Freerider 30 (30 l)
105.– CHF

Deuter Freerider 30

30 l

7. Patience

No, we don’t sell deep relaxation, but you can pop it in your backpack before every ski trip. Your child needs the toilet just after you’ve zipped up the fifth layer of clothing and strapped on those bulky ski boots? Well, so be it. The same applies if your wee one’s done with skiing just half an hour in. Sometimes even the best bribes won’t help. You can choose to get angry. Or you can make the best of it. After all, sipping a coffee with a shot of something strong in it and watching the skiers zip by doesn’t sound that bad either, right?

Three friends - patience pays off (Nicholas Oldland, German)
Children's books
17.– CHF

Three friends - patience pays off

Nicholas Oldland, German

Novidarte SMILE Squeeze Ball
Joke items
Quantity discount
5.05 CHF per piece for 4 units

Novidarte SMILE Squeeze Ball

Three friends - patience pays off (Nicholas Oldland, German)
17.– CHF

Three friends - patience pays off

Nicholas Oldland, German

Novidarte SMILE Squeeze Ball
Quantity discount
5.05 CHF per piece for 4 units

Novidarte SMILE Squeeze Ball

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Mom of Anna and Elsa, aperitif expert, group fitness fanatic, aspiring dancer and gossip lover. Often a multitasker and a person who wants it all, sometimes a chocolate chef and queen of the couch.


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