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What do I need to buy to take on a family skiing holiday?

Graham Bell, former Olympic skier, presenter on BBC Ski Sunday and The Jump, and father of two, gives us his top tips of what to buy for a family skiing holiday




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Get to grips with what to take on a family skiing holiday

Going skiing is not like going on a beach holiday, it’s very different," says Graham. "There’s so much more to pack that it is important to ensure that everyone in the family has everything they need in advance of hitting the slopes. To help families with this, I’ve pulled together a list of essential ski items of the family.”

·       Gloves – A good pair of gloves are really important. Mittens are good for smaller children, as they are much harder to lose if you fix them to the ski jacket! You aren’t able to rent gloves in resorts so it’s essential that these are purchased beforehand

·       Goggles / Sunglasses - It’s always good to have both pairs, but for children googles with a high UV protection level are best. Again, these aren’t available to hire in resort

·       Thermals – These are absolutely essential for all the family. A couple of pairs of long socks to keep your feet warm and dry as well, specialist ski socks are best. It is always best to wear layers of thermals rather than one big fleece, so you can de-layer if you start getting too warm.

·       Ski Jacket and Ski Pants– Try to pick a jacket to fit the conditions, a massive puffer will be too hot at Easter and the thin windcheater too cold in the mid-winter. Always try to get one that you can also use in England in the winter months too

·       Helmets – A helmet is absolutely essential, and compulsory for under 16s in most resorts. For using the ski park too, you aren’t allowed into them without one.  These are available to hire though in resorts for around 10-15 Euros.

·       Sun cream – A high factor sun cream such as factor 50 is advisable as the reflection of the sun on the snow means you can burn quicker

·       Snow Boots – These are especially important for little ones who will be running about playing the resort. Boots with a really good grip best, Trespass, Nevica and Sorel and are available on the high-street

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