1, 2, 3…. SKI !

ski1Winter is upon us (in Northern Hemisphere anyway) and with all the snow falling the best way to make the most of it is a skiing vacation. While the busy Christmas holiday season is over, now is a perfect time to go skiing as there are less crowds and even better snow.

But if you have little ones, finding the balance of them having fun and you being able to do the same, can be a fine line. So where are the best ski schools that allow you to rest easy and know that your kids are having a great experience while you tear up the slopes?

1. Deer Valley Ski School – Deer Valley, Utah
Always named the best and in USA and I can personally vouch for this one, having taken my 3 ½ year old there last year for her first ski experience. Amazing service and run with very tight guidelines that ensure your child will love their ski experience and want to come back again. http://www.deervalley.com/WhatToDo/SkiSchool/ChildrensGroupLessons

2. Les Elfes – Verbier, Switzerland
If your kids are a bit older (8 – 18) and happy to go on their own, then a week long camp at Les Elfes may be for them. Skiing during the day, optional language lessons, cultural excursions and a 3-course meal and games at night. http://leselfes.com/winter-camp/

3. Niseko International Snow Sports School – Hanazono, Japan
The best kids ski program in Japan (we tried this school in December). International instructors, purpose build magic carpets, great indoor activities and amazing lunches for the little ones. A perfect balance to keep them entertained all day. Oh and a very amusing mascot “Kamonohashi” that is a skiing platypus! http://www.hanazononiseko.com/en/winter/niss/kids-programs.html

4. Mix Academy – Beaver Creek, Colorado
Kids have their own Buckaroo Express Gondola, taking them to their own special ski area. For girls aged 7-16 there is even a program inspired by Lindsey Vonn And when they aren’t skiing, they can be found tubing or having warm chocolate chip cookies every afternoon at 3 pm. http://www.beavercreek.com/plan-your-trip/book-ski-and-ride-lessons/lesson-results.aspx?ages=Child&sport=ski&skill=intermediate&pfm=lpclick

Where are your favourite kids ski schools?