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 2015
Why ski school lessons will help your child's confidence on the snow grow and why parents should leave their own skiing agenda in the chalet and trust instructors. PLUS why dry slopes can be vital prep for your holiday.
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 Fiona Trevakiss from Sheffield.
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?
Tucked away in a valley that points like a finger to the north of Lake Como and within touching distance of the Swiss border lies the quiet and traditional Italian resort of Madesimo. Commanding a lower profile to the Italian thoroughbred resorts of Courmayeur and Sestriere, Madesimo offers a friendly and compact alternative to the European mega-resorts.
She began her skiing career on a local dry slope and a family holiday, now 23-year-old Charlotte Evans from Kent is known for winning Britain's first ever Gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi with her visually impaired ski partner Kelly Gallagher.
The schools have gone back and you may be 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 this autumn, then maybe you should go Dutch.
This year's annual ski shows will attract skiing families getting ready for their next snow and mountain adventure. But how many first-time ski families will be there? It seems the thorny issue of where the next generation of skiers will come from has yet to be solved. There is a renewed focus on it this year, however, due to recent changes in the law and the practical efforts being taken to encourage greater participation.
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.
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 brilliant alternatives to tradtional Alpine resorts.
When you take your children on their first family skiing holiday, one thing is for sure, they will spend 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.