If your 2020 family summer holiday has been cancelled, you’re not alone ̶ for many of us, the nearest we’ll get to a proper break in the foreseeable future is a socially distanced daytrip to the seaside or perhaps a weekend staycation once restrictions lift further.
However, there’s nothing wrong for planning a vacay for the future and if you’re willing to swap sun, sea and sand for skis and snow, a family ski trip this winter (rules permitting) might even mean 2020 isn’t a total write-off for hols.
With that in mind, here are three great reasons skiing is good for kids.
1. It makes them happy!
The old adage ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ definitely applies to children’s health and active kids tend to enjoy and enhanced sense of personal wellbeing.
Skiing releases plenty of endorphins which flood the system with positivity and furthermore, the sense of achievement little ones feel when they learn a new skill boosts their self-worth and confidence.
Tip: check out this article on why endorphins make you happy from news site CNN.
2. It’s cracking for cardio health
Learning to ski or snowboard requires a lot of physical movement, which means that kids’ hearts and lungs get a really good workout every day.
Improving cardiovascular health is a brilliant benefit of snowsports, but they also build psychological resilience because having the discipline and determination necessary to pick yourself up each time you fall builds character!
Tip: find out why why skiing is a wonderful workout in this article from cultural commentators Time.
3. It allows them to appreciate nature
If you live in a town or city, a busy modern lifestyle means your kids might not have ample opportunities to regularly enjoy nature and visit the countryside but skiing in stunning mountain locations like the French Alps exposes them to nature in all its glory.
And don’t forget that family-friendly ski resorts also lay on all manner of alternative activities for kids when they’re not on the slopes, so they’ll enjoy other outdoor pursuits like snow shoeing, sledging and husky dog trails.
Tip: you can arrange a customised family ski trip with Alpine experts like NUCO Travel.
These three reasons skiing is good for kids should whet your appetite for a winter break, but they merely provide a taster of all the benefits snowsports bring to young minds and bodies.
And don’t forget that there’s plenty of fun to be had for adults too ̶ most resorts have childcare facilities for children aged 18 months upwards, so you and your partner can easily enjoy an afternoon alone on the pistes or even pop out for a spot of après-ski socialising.
Keep an eye out for travel restrictions easing and you and your tribe could be off on a wonderful winter 2020 ski holiday instead of having to wait until summer 2021 rolls around ̶ you can thank us later!
Have you been on a family skiing holiday before? Let us know your top tips in the comments section.