Northern Hemisphere Ski holiday with a baby

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  1. FatBoyDave

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    We are due any day now, so the trip North is not on for us this (Northern) winter.
    However, it means I will have a fair bit of leave banked and my partner is on paid leave for the next 12 months with the option to extend.

    This puts us in a great position to plan for next years trip.
    We have done Japan and some Canadian resorts but... never with a baby.

    We will have 8-10 weeks and subject to funding and practicality either looking at doing the Powder highway (self drive) or something similar in the States where we can try a few resorts.

    At this stage it looks like it will be the 3 of us for the bulk of the time with the possibility of friends and my other daughter meeting up with us for part of the trip.

    Has anyone done this sort of thing with a 1 year old (or am I being totally unrealistic)?
    I have a 13 year old so have some recollection of parenting but you tend to forget/romaticise the hard parts.
     
  2. teckel

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    Can't you put it off for a couple of years? (the trip that is, not the baby)
     
  3. CarveMan

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    I'll be taking a 9 month old to Europe in February.

    Ask me more in April!!
     
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  4. Seth

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    I've got a nearly 2yo and six week old.

    wouldn't even give the slightest consideration to what you are thinking about. Fark me, it would be hard yakka for us right now but that's with two of them.

    That said, going with one kid while they are younger could work out ok, just have to ask who would look after the child? going on a ski holiday to ski by yourself (while someone is back in the lodge) and/or tag team doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun.
     
  5. FatBoyDave

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    From what I can gather from Google, childcare for <18 months can be problematic, i.e. not the standard offering of a lot of Canadian resorts.
     
  6. Undies

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    Do the Club Med resorts cater to baby-sitting for kids that age?

    Otherwise, I'd be thinking solo trips with one of you staying back in Aus each time for the first few years, until they can wipe their own bums, then consider a family trip.
     
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  7. chicski

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    Saw a guy boarding in Japan with a kid in a sling. Not something I’d do but might be an option for some?
     
  8. Seth

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    Great way to comeback home with one less family member.
     
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    @Born2ski has travelled with kids for many years, I believe. Maybe he has more insight.
    I gather Club Med offer nursery care for babies.

    BABY CLUB
    From 4 months, your kids are welcome at Baby Club Med, where they’ll be surrounded with tender loving care and showered with attention by their G.Os. The children are cared for in two groups, walkers and non-walkers, so that each child can take things at their own pace.

    Surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery, they take part in a range of activities to develop their manual, musical and motor skills, as well as enjoying naps and educational games. Everything is designed to ensure little ones are happy and learning.


    https://www.clubmed.com.au/l/snow-holiday-package/ski-family
     
  10. FatBoyDave

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    Seems to be reasonably common in Japan. Saw it a few times.
     
  11. piolet

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    I just can't get how the risk:reward adds up for that
     
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  12. FatBoyDave

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    In a word, "no." Life is too short, and we won't be in this situation (ability to access this much leave) again for quite some time.
     
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    My view, having done a few now, is it's fine but the value gained from the skiing is questionably low.
    Lack of sleep, sick for the 5th time (each of you) and skiing together? Maybe some.

    And be prepared for a chickenpox outbreak the day before leaving for home (can't fly for over a week!). That happened for us with our 6mo (iirc??). Rather stressful and the pox is bad for them at that age
     
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    Don’t condone the baby thing, my point was that it’s allowed there, prohibited here. I guess if you have plenty of confidence in your ability and are on piste, it’s no more risky than a baby seat on a bike? I wouldn’t do the bike thing either BTW.
     
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    To add to this; the living spaces you typically end up with are a problem. Space for a long trip is a big deal imo
     
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  16. FatBoyDave

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    A little bit more protection on a bike baby seat, (the baby bike seats are moulded and offer some side and head protection and babies are legislated to have to wear a helmet).
    I don't think i would be doing the ski with a baby thing. I just find it interesting the different risks that other societies consider acceptable. I would be really surprised if the lift companies here even allowed it.
     
  17. piolet

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    Aside from the risk of a random stack, what you typically control on a bike can make it more suitable imo. I did it only on quiet bike paths, no roads/cars etc. I also purchased a seat that provided good protection if we happened to come off. It gave us years of fun together times over the two kids.
    Id consider snowboarding with a sling vastly higher risk.
     
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    Most useful/practical advice I have read online so far was:
    - Get accommodation that is central
    - Mix up the skiing with 1 adult going out for a few hours and then swapping over and then a nanny/childcare for ½ day and so you can both get some time skiing together
    - Go with another family to share the load, (ideally another family with kids that need looking after I presume).
     
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  19. piolet

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    On the safety note, the kids are up in the Alps right now (slightly bigger now, I hope to join them after the weekend) the 3yo is insisting on wearing his new helmet on the morning baguette run across the street. Can't be too careful!
     
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    I wouldn't disagree with that, particularly point 1 as the non ski part of the trip becomes more important
     
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  21. FatBoyDave

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    I would consider the risk of being collided into much higher on skis/board than on a bike on a bike path, (although this may be risk perception).
     
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    'Sif anyone is going on holiday to look after anyone else's kids.
     
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    I think the gist of it was to go with another family with kids who also need babysitting.
    Although if you go with a decent sized group and there is generally someone* who wants an afternoon/day off skiing.
    *Someone that is responsible and you would leave your child with.

    The flip side to that is if you asked me to come on a ski holiday with you and your baby I would probably pass but.. some ski trips are boys trips where you smash out every last hour on the snow and then hit the bar.... and some are family trips where you accept before you go that any time on snow will be a bonus and skiing with your partner doesn't mean you can hit every cliff and couloir on the map.
     
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  24. dawooduck

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    It's not such a big deal, just takes planning and patience and a whole lot of sharing. The infants needs rule so just run with that.

    One skis while the other sits, swap about, get a sitter some days, ski resort creche etc. I reckon a powder highway trip would be quite doable.

    We did NZ 4 week trip with the first at 6 months, one week of that was just me and the boy, UK for 4 weeks with 2 & 4, a week at the Man the same year.

    I would never ski with a child in a sling or pack.
     
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    Try 10 kids under 10 and 4 adults in a two bed and loft apartment in Argentierre. Works a treat, lots of skiing with different skill levels going with different parents, take the young ones to town for the day, awesome holiday and very price affective.
     
  26. Born2ski

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    It's all doable but does require extra planning. We've been skiing overseas every year with our two kids since they were babies (girl was 9 months, boy was 6 months on their first trips). We've taken them to Japan, North America and Europe while they were babies and toddlers, even spent two months in Lake Tahoe when the boy was 6 months old and my wife was on maternity leave.

    Some tips.
    - Plan, plan, plan. It will make it a lot easier. Little details can make a big difference when travelling with little ones.
    - Tag team skiing to share the baby sitting duties.
    - Childcare or nanny service so you and your partner can spend some time together
    - Basing yourself in one location is easier than moving around every few days. Babies like routine. That's why we spent two months in Lake Tahoe. We could stay in one place but still have lots of resorts to ski.
     
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    @billykate will have some tips for you after juggling toddler and baby in a few week in Japan.

    Yeah, way too risky.
    The movement isn’t great for kids without a heap of neck support, or if they fall asleep and are being flung around. Also the cold - you’re moving they’re not. And that’s before falls and collisions.
    Snowballs, snowmen, brief trips outside - that’s enough.
     
  28. Born2ski

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    Two months in Lake Tahoe in 2010. Boy was 6 months(at the start), girl was 3yrs old.

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    We had a ski in/ski out place with a private hot tub and our own snow play area just outside. And it cost us under $80 a night (back when the dollar was near parity).

    South Lake Tahoe had a hospital, doctors, pharmacies and supermarkets all near by to make life easier. Affordable season passes for nearby resorts and nanny services that could come to your accommodation. A lot of planning, but also a lot of happy memories that we still talk about today.
     
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  29. Crystal

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    Do it. ^^

    We have been travelling long haul with our kids since they were only a few months old and done a ski holiday each year. Childcare is a problem for young ones although we always managed and then there is the option of a nanny easy to pick up at any resort. pay them well and make sure you let them know it is for an extended time and most will take some days off of their normal jobs to cover you. We've had to do the .....ski a few runs and duck back often as they were still feeding so central ski in/out accom is a must. Take your own car seat if renting a car or make sure transfer companies can accommodate you with one if you book them.

    Totally doable, be relaxed, and ready for anything. We have some of our best memories skiing with the bubs.
     
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  30. StuckinQld

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    We travelled lot when our kids were young, only downside is that they curse us when we tell them about the trips they did. We have done Fiji with a 2yo and 4month old for a week, US for 4 weeks with a 10month old and 3 yo (inc 2 weeks at Jackson Hole skiing), and a summer euro trip 5 weeks with a 6month old.
    At Kackson Hole we contacted a local babysitting service, said we will need someone for 10-12 days over the 2 weeks. We the just organized with her when she would come. We ended up alternately the 3yo days at ski school and she would stay with the baby sitter at no extra cost. My 10month old was still being breast fed so I would duck in at lunch time and give him a feed. A good size relatively central accommodation suited us well for this- staying in Teton Village. No major food issues anywhere we have travelled, no issues g tying baby products. Do it!
     
  31. pykie87

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    I literally just got back from St Anton for 2 weeks with a 9 month old.

    We spent 3 weeks traveling before it, a week or so after it.

    You can do it, but just expect to travel a bit differently than you used to. The flights are challenging, but it's a day of hardship for a big reward.

    FWIW, my wife was also still on paid maternity leave.

    As for the skiing part, if your partner is into skiing (which my wife is), pay for a nanny, it's not cheap, especially at ski resorts, but you ski together, share the memories and it's unfair on each other continually coming in swapping over. The baby has fun with the nanny, ours loved it.

    We did a fair bit of research on them and settled on one company. Our nanny was awesome. They cost about 20€ an hour.

    We charged for the entire 2 weeks, had to be back by about 5pm each day, we paid for the nanny to stay back a few nights so we could go out for dinner together, so we generally missed the Ypres bars for the most part, but we skiied and got as much skiing done as we would of if we had no kids.
     
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