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What to pack for a family ski holiday

Ski holidays can seem like a bit of a mission when you bring children into the mix but with this handy list, you’ll be packed and ready for those blue bird days before you know it.

Don’t forget as well that we’re always on hand if you’d like to find out anything specific about the chalets or Samoens before you come over.

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- Ski jackets, salopettes and ski socks. Our guests can get a discount through Mountain Warehouse – the discount code will be in your pre-holiday pack which we send out about 2 months before your holiday.
- Ski gloves/mittens and helmet (although these can be hired in Samoens)
- Gloves and hats for walking around the village
- A neck warmer/scarf can be a good option if you’ve got young kids in beginner ski school as there can be a bit of waiting around or if you’re coming over in January or early February

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- Goggles and/or sunglasses. Goggles offer better protection from the sun but you’ll probably need to bring sunglasses for walking in the village and for lunchtime deck chairs
- Base layers – a couple of bases layers and fleeces each as you can always remove or add layers as the day goes on
- A backpack for going up the mountain for snacks, sun cream, water, extra layers etc. We can also provide packed lunches for you (at a small additional price) so bring a roomier bag if you think you’d like a picnic
- A first aid kit – it’s not necessary to bring lots as the pharmacy here is brilliant – just what you would normally take on a family holiday (Calpol, thermometer etc). If you’re first time skiers, it may be worth bringing some plasters for any blisters (although there’s always some in the chalets as well – just ask the team)
- Outdoor boots – walking boots or snow boots are perfect for walking around the village
- Slippers – we have adult slippers in the chalet but you may want something for the kids as all of the living areas are tiled
- Toiletries – these can be expensive to buy in the village although we provide miniatures for our guests in our catered chalets
- A couple of plastic water bottles to take up onto the mountain with you. It can get expensive needing to stop for drinks while you’re out especially if you have kids!
- Swimming costumes so you can enjoy the hot tub
- The kids won’t need lots of changes of non-ski clothes as they’ll only be in them in the evenings
- If your kids are anything like ours, they’ll need nearly continuous access to snacks. We offer our catered guests a very well-priced range of chocolates and pringles which you can buy from the honesty bar but if there’s anything your kids particularly like or if you’ve got a long journey to get to Geneva, you may need some supplies!
- Toys and books – we have a few toys and books aimed at kiddies in the chalets but it’s probably worth bringing a few as well.
- Sun tan lotion – the sun can be really strong on the pistes so it’s worth bringing some SPF 50
- Camera plus all of the cables and batteries needed so you can capture some of the lovely family memories
- Check the weather here a couple of days before you leave if you’re heading over towards the end of the season as we sometimes get quite warm afternoons in the village
- Plug adaptors but don’t worry if you forget them – all of our bedrooms in our catered chalets have a UK socket in them

Hand luggage
- Travel documents – flight/crossing details, airport transfers (contact us as we can help book these for you), passports, wallet (let your bank know you’re travelling abroad), accommodation details
- Ski school booking details
- Lift pass details – we can pick these up for you in advance if you send over the booking information so you don’t need to queue on your first morning
- Insurance details
- Entertainment and snacks for the kids

Don’t worry about bringing:
- Towels – we have bath towels and separate hot tub towels for our guests and our catered guests are offered a towel change mid-way through their stay
- DVDs – we have a huge selection of children’s films on our Apple TV in La Grande Ourse and La Petite Ourse
- Hair dryers
- Playing cards or board games – we have lots in the chalet to keep you entertained!

If you’re coming with a baby (and don’t worry – lots of people have before!), we can provide the following for you:

- Cot and bedding (sheet and cellular blanket)
- High chair
- Changing mat and nappy bin
- Plastic spoons, glasses and crockery
- Bottler steriliser
- Bath mat to stop any slipping if they’re sitting up in the bath
- Stair guards

If you have any questions both before you’re over and while you’re over, you can either call or email us or ask any of the team. Our job is to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible and with kids we’ve found it generally pays to be prepared so please do let us know if we can help with anything.
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