So when Daisy was around 8 weeks old, it was time for our first ski season with a baby. You’re never too young, right? Although many people we knew thought we were crazy to even be considering it…
The first question to consider was that of where to go for a ski season with a baby?
For us it was not that significant a question. Between us, we have spent a large number of ski seasons in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria, so it was the obvious choice for us.
Why the obvious choice? St Anton is never going to feature on any list of ‘top family ski resorts’ due to its reputation for expert skiing terrain, wild après ski and lively nightlife. However, it made sense for us, due to two concepts that shot to primary importance with the arrival of a baby: planning and childcare.
Planning a ski season with a baby:
The ability to comprehensively plan ahead is so important when travelling anywhere with a baby. And of course the ability to abandon that carefully made plan and switch to plan b, plan c, and so on… This meant that travelling to somewhere we both knew well made sense. There would be no stress about all the details, such as where best to buy nappies. Nor over the big questions, such as which apartment to rent for the winter. If you are planning a winter in a resort you have not been to before, do as much research as you possibly can online before you go.
Childcare for a ski season with a baby:
This is going to be of central concern if you ever want to go out anywhere together as a couple! In many ski resorts your official childcare options are limited until your little one gets to a couple of years old, so we picked a resort where we had a network of contacts to find babysitters. If you are heading to a new destination, make use of social networking groups aimed at local workers seeking employment to find local babysitters.
Top tip for a ski season with a baby:
When picking a resort for a ski season with a baby, don’t focus on all those ‘top family ski resort’ lists. This is because they will tend to concentrate on those resorts where kids will have a great time learning how to ski, but you won’t be worrying about that just yet. Instead, concentrate on what sort of skiing you are looking for; if you are after expert terrain and extensive off-piste opportunities, then go for it! Your little one will be pretty much unaware of where they are at this age and be perfectly happy as long as they are warm, fed and cuddled.
If you are inspired to try out St Anton am Arlberg for your first ski holiday with your baby, check out Esprit. They offer chalet holidays in the resort, along with various childcare options once your baby is 17 weeks old. Particularly keep an eye out for their Baby and Toddler weeks where in 2017 you benefit from £100 off nursery places.
If you are nervous of ignoring all the advice around family-friendly resorts, you could try Lech am Arlberg. This is a much quieter village, but with access to the same ski area. Powder Byrne can organise holidays here, along with childcare for those 4 months or older. A different ski area that sometimes features on lists of recommended ski resorts for families but that may appeal to expert skiers is Galtür. This is part of the Silvretta Arena ski area. Here you will find the Alpenresidenz Ballunspitze Wellness- & Kinderhotel, a brilliant concept, that can offer childcare for babies as young as 7 days old!
17 thoughts on “Ski Season with a Baby – Which Austrian Ski Resort?”
It’s really great to know that you can actually go on a ski holiday with a baby, I’d never have thought it possible. I have never been skiing but would really love to have a go at some point. I can’t get over how beautiful it looks. Thanks so much for linking up to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky 🙂
Ive still never been skiing, so your 8 week old is already ahead of me! Just shows what you can do with a bit of planning! x
I like to think everything is possible with a bit of planning…!
I’m just chuckling after reading about the hotel in Galtur that offers childcare for babies at a week old. Can you imagine anyone wanting to ski a week after having a baby!! This is all great advice. You’re so right about not needing to go for the family-friendly resorts at this age – you just need to ensure your baby will be well cared for while you’re off enjoying the slopes. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
Indeed – I think I first went skiing at 8/9 weeks after having my baby and I must admit that I was still feeling a bit weak and feeble!
I love all the practical advice in your article. I’m not a skier myself but would love to visit the Austrian Alps and I dont see why people should miss out if they have a baby. Great job! #FarawayFiles
The Austrian Alps are beautiful in the summer too
Impressive! I love the idea that you continue doing what you love with baby in tow. Before you know, she’ll be on the slopes with you! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – we’re happy to have you part of the community – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Oh yes, already looking forward to family ski days
Really helpful tips. Our children are old enough to learn to ski now, but I can see that a baby’s needs would be very different. The Austrian Alps are beautiful – we’d need no excise to go back there! #Familytraveltips
I can’t wait until our little one is old enough to ski!
Great tips and it does make perfect sense to go somewhere you know, especially if it means you can organise childcare – and baby won’t be skiing so it’s great to have something that’s for mum and dad for a change. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips.
I can’t wait until she is big enough to give skiing a go!
This is such a useful guide! Ive never been skiing but would love to learn as a family #fearlessfamtrav
I love that you took your baby skiing! We’re yet to take the boys. Cost more than anything has stopped us. But next season our youngest will be 4 and definitely ready for those lessons! #fearlessfamtrav
Busy trying to persuade my now 3 year old that she enjoys skiing, don’t think she is ready for lessons yet…