The Laurentian Mountains are calling your name, and you’re ready to hit the Mont Tremblant slopes with your family this season. In your mind, you picture an idyllic week with the people you care about the most, with everyone laughing together, sharing adventure and sipping cocoa at the end of the day.
In reality, a family vacation may play out much differently. But these five tips can help you make the most out of your time together, without forcing you to spend the majority of your time as a family mediator.
Book a place with some breathing room.
It’s true that a family vacation is the perfect opportunity to get away and spend some time together — but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking minute in each other’s personal space. In fact, too much togetherness can create tension and frustration while on vacation! The best way to survive your family trip is to plan ahead, and to book an accommodation that will comfortably fit everyone who will be traveling with you. Evaluate the size of your group and your goals for the trip before making your final selection on an accommodation.
Chalets, townhomes and luxury condominiums make the ideal accommodation for a family ski vacation. Not only is there enough space to cook dinner together, or to play a few games after a day filled with skiing, there’s also enough room for equipment, clothes, toys, electronics and more. When you can create a home away from home on your family vacation, everyone will feel more comfortable on the trip. Instead of worrying about whose luggage will go where, you can just focus on having fun and making memories together.
Pack the essentials.
Planning ahead and packing accordingly will make for a smooth and successful family vacation, especially when you are heading to a Mont Tremblant ski resort. In the weeks leading up to your vacation, start a list of what everyone will need on the ski trip. Always think about the items that your family members have to have while away from home, and the things that they simply want to bring along with them.
In addition to the everyday essentials, include all ski equipment as well as smaller items such as sunglasses, goggles — and even sunscreen. Protecting your eyes and your skin from the sun is essential on a ski trip, and you don’t want to be the one stuck inside with retina burn, windburn or sunburn. Of course, if you forget anything, contact the concierge, who can help you get the items you need in order to make the most out of your time away with your family.
Come with a plan, but don’t live by a strict schedule.
It can be easy to get carried away during the planning process, as there is so much to see and do in Mont Tremblant. While you will want to have an outline for things you want to do with your family on vacation, you don’t want to create an itinerary that accounts for every single minute of the trip. Part of the magic of vacation is the surprises that you encounter along the way.
So while you will definitely be spending a lot of your time skiing and enjoying the hills together, you will want to have the freedom to choose what to do during your downtime. Luckily, you won’t ever be at a loss for options. You might want to spend a relaxing afternoon at the spa one day while your kids enjoy the indoor aquatic center, or perhaps everyone wants to enjoy a sleigh ride through the foothills of the mountains as the snow falls around you. Talk about the different activities that are available with your family members, and be sure that everyone gets to do something special that they enjoy while they are on their ski vacation.
Make time for family fun.
It may be a ski vacation, but that doesn’t mean you have to be suited up in your ski gear and sitting on the lift every waking moment. Even beyond the ideal skiing, there’s plenty of family fun to be had in Mont Tremblant! For instance, if you want to spend some quality time off the slopes, dog sledding or horseback riding would be the perfect family adventure. If you are tired from skiing and you want to relax in the chalet, it might be a good idea to coordinate a family game night. Bring your favourite board games or card games along, and don’t forget to pack the popcorn and hot chocolate. It’s moments like these that you will treasure for a lifetime as you look back on your family ski vacation to Mont Tremblant.
Incorporate rest and relaxation into your big ski adventure.
A family vacation doesn’t require you to spend all of your time together for the entire trip. Take time for yourself to rest and relax in a way that you enjoy the most. Mom might want to spend an afternoon getting a massage, while the older kids burn off energy during an exciting game of paintball. Sometimes the best moments on your family trip are when you are doing nothing at all.
Imagine yourself sipping coffee in your stylish townhome while having a conversation with your favourite sibling that you don’t get to spend enough time with. Perhaps you will spend a leisurely afternoon reading a book while you watch the snowfall. The key to a wonderful family vacation is knowing when it’s time to go all in and enjoy an activity together, and when it’s time to break away for a bit. This allows everyone to recharge, enjoy some personal space and feel refreshed before you gather again for the next big event that is planned.
The best part about a family ski trip is that it’s the perfect vacation for families of all ages and stages. Whether you have a couple of toddlers, who are trying on skis for the first time, or you are bringing your experienced — yet opinionated — teenagers, Mont Tremblant is your choice destination for a family vacation. There’s something for everyone in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, and we know you will find just what you are looking for while you are here. Soak up the views, have fun, and head down some of the most incredible slopes in Quebec.