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Where-ever you can BORROW kids ski gear. Children grow fast and ski gear is expensive. Plus the quality of hire clothes means kids may get cold.


Put small kids ski mittens on elastic through their jackets otherwise they can and WILL lose them.


Layer up. Kids get COLD on the snow, then they get hot in the cafe, lots of layers are the key.


Don't waste time trying to teach your own child to ski. Invest in ski school. Plus kamikaze boys and girls can get into trouble FAST without some basic know-how.


Arrive at your destination the afternoon BEFORE you ski and get all the ski hire organised then. Queues are always larger in the morning.


'Lids on Kids' is the message. Enforce the No helmet, no snow rule ski school demands it. Even 'cool' teenagers have fragile skulls.


Get everything ready the night before, including lunchboxes if needed (see 4).


DON'T go private lessons for kids - meeting other children is half the fun


Resist the temptation for 'one last run' -stop before the kids are tired and miserable and you'll grow the next generation of snow-lovers.


Take the free shuttle buses where they are available, they'll get you nearer the base station than a car parked in the far corner of a snowy car park can. .


Ski holidays are ideal for a package: accommodation, lift passes, even ski lessons, bundled together saves money and hassle on the slopes.


Check you travel insurance (especially if going to the USA). Skiing isn't always covered on a normal holiday policy.


Driving to the snow? Then make sure the car is in good order before you go. Bad brakes and ice don't mix..


Practise putting on ski chains before you have numb fingers and are attempt the manoeuvre in a blizzard.


Bought new ski boots? Makes sure the kids clomp around in them at home BEFORE the holiday otherwise they'll be first day sore feet and blisters.


NEVER buy cheap ski socks. Warmth and comfort are key.


Keep your phone in an inside pocket, iPhones don't like zero temperatures.


Go in for a hot chocolate before you think you need to. Chill seeps into the bones -it is hard to warm up once you've got too cold.


Always be aware of other skiers on the mountain, even when snaking down after an instructor.


Remember to BREATHE. Ski holidays can be hectic getting kids ready for lessons and co-ordinating gear. Slow down –it’s a holiday.


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