Parallel Trails is all about family ski holidays and skiing as a family. We are passionate about skiing and families who love to ski. This ski travel website aims to help you enjoy the perfect family ski holiday. It includes tips and advice so families can enjoy skiing holidays in parallel with their children - the team behind Parallel Trails love to ski as a family so we know how good it feels to go skiing with your children. Parallel Trails is an independent ski travel site for the family ski market, offering practical and honest articles on family ski holidays and family skiing. Why don't you join us on our online family snow & mountain adventure. Happy family skiing! © Parallel Trails 2017
The best family ski holidays are the ones enjoyed by everyone – an exhilarating mountain experience shared by all. But injury on the slopes can ruin the best planned ski trip, leaving the injured skier depressed and the holiday in tatters. In the third part of a series of articles, this is a personal account of getting back on the slopes following a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
We are all creatures of habit in one way or another. And when it comes to skiing as a family, it is sometimes hard to break away from what you know. Familiarity with a resort often equals a stress-free holiday. But with so many places to ski, every now and again we all should try something different, something a little off the beaten track.
Going skiing with children can be a challenge at the best of times, so if someone said how about going on a four-day family ski trip, with an overnight coach journey at either end. What would you say - you're mad? No chance! Or you need your head tested? Well Parallel Trails is always up for a snow and mountain adventure, so we said "let's give it a go".
We know there can be massive benefits from skiing as a family, but there can be challenges along the way and things don’t always go as smoothly as we hope. Family in Focus is a chance for real family skiers to share their experiences with others. Our latest family skier is Jo Wimble-Groves from Tunbridge Wells.
There are plenty of benefits to family skiing adventures - time together away from the distractions of work and school, an active break in a beautiful mountain setting and a cultural experience to broaden the mind of young and old. But just how easy is it to go skiing as a family? And when can you start hitting the slopes en famille?
Madi Rowlands is a 15-year-old freestyle skier from Kent. She won Britain's first ever medal on snow at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics. Madi started skiing at the age of three on a family skiing holiday to the French Alps. She won Gold in the halfpipe event in Norway and then followed that up with Bronze in the slopestyle.
The start of the school term in September means you are probably thinking your next family skiing trip is a long way off. But think again. If you are looking for a place to help blow the skiing cobwebs away during the autumn months, then maybe you should go Dutch.
Ten days, 1,500 miles and three ski resorts - can a long-distance road trip to Austria, with all the packing and unpacking involved, ever result in a successful family skiing holiday? We've road tested the concept and are rather taken with the Tirol. So if you are thinking about where to ski this season with your family, you should consider it.
When you take your children on their first family skiing holiday they will end up spending a lot of time in ski boots. Obviously they will wear them during lessons, but they will also be on to and from the chalet, getting on and off buses, standing in slow-moving lift queues and going up and down stairs to restaurant toilets. So it pays to invest in a decent pair.
Norway is a family-friendly skiing destination that is easy to reach from the UK. So should we be concerned by reports of expensive holiday costs, short daylight hours and Arctic temperatures? No we shouldn't because it offers a brilliant alternative to tradtional Alpine resorts.
Flaine sometimes gets a bad press because at first glance it is not a picture postcard resort to stay in. But, as the saying goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. What is more important is the story inside, which is why Flaine should be on your list of resorts to ski as a family this winter.
So you’ve introduced your children to the wonders of skiing. You’ve done a week’s family holiday in a ski resort. You’ve rekindled your love for skiing and your children are showing signs of getting hooked on it too. So what next? Ben Moore offers some personal advice.
The resorts of the Hautes Pyrenees offer undaunting beginner areas, easy to get to powder that is accessible for all the family, fun snowparks and a little bit of James Bond skiing. Plus apres-ski means relaxing in the naturally-fed thermal baths. If you haven't family skied here, you need to go!
Chamonix is an extreme playground. Home to Europe’s highest mountain. A place where hardcore skiers sit around in cafes and bars waiting for the next big dump of powder. So you might think the Chamonix valley is the last place you should consider going for a family skiing trip. Actually it can be incredibly family-friendly if you know where and when to go. So don’t rule out sharing the magic of Mont Blanc with your children.
Thinking about kitting your children out with their first pair of skis - but you just don't know where to start? Ski technology is bewildering and the jargon can be confusing, so Ben Moore offers some personal and practical advice to help you get it right.