Tips for travelling with children
Clothing and equipment for kids in winter
Always dress your children as you would like to be dressed and then some! Keep in mind that to kids, snow is not just for walking and skiing on. Its also for rolling in, throwing, digging, and eating. To withstand the elements they will need:
- Warm protective clothing, put on in layers
- Manufactured fibres (polypropylene and fibre pile) are even more protective than wool
- Water resistant gloves (gloves are not available to rent due to health regulations)
- Helmet (can be hired from most rental outlets)
- Eye protection (sunglasses or goggles)
- Change of clothing (especially gloves and socks/leggings)
- Walking boots (hired or bought). Rubber boots or gumboots are not recommended
- Label all ski equipment and clothing.
Playing it safe
- Place your children in Snowsports School (Ski School). Not only are they meeting other children they will learn in the safest and most enjoyable environment
- Young children should be in the care of an adult rather than an older child.
- Put a name tag including (name, accommodation, mobile contact number) in the childs pocket.
- Explain to your children that if you become separated they should ask the nearest member of staff (ie. Lift attendant) to call Ski Patrol. You do the same and
- Ski Patrol Base will match you up.
- Skiing or boarding with a child in a backpack/front pack is not permitted and lift access will be denied.
- Review the trail map with older children so they are familiar with the runs and lifts.
- Ensure your children stop regularly. Watch for tired signs and dont push them beyond their limitations.
- Allow time. Getting children dressed and moving them around the village requires patience and time
The road from the base of the mountains to Falls Creek is full of twists and turns. If your children are prone to car sickness, we suggest you:
- allow some fresh air into the car
- put away the Game Boys and books and getting the children to look out the window
- carry a sick bag or container and wipes
- encourage your children to be on the look out for kangaroos, wombats, and lyrebirds.