But here I sit, nevertheless, trawling the internet, in the impossible hope that I will be able to find a bargain for a family of six. A bargain during the Easter holidays! Not a chance! And then there’s all the stuff you need to go skiing...maybe it’s a pipe dream. But I shall keep looking.
In the meantime here are some top tips for anyone else thinking of taking their children skiing this year:
· Be prepared for hours of putting name labels in EVERYTHING. Personally I love the stickin labels for this very reason. No sewing or ironing involved!
· Snowsuits are good for little ones because they can’t get snow up their jackets. But bear in mind, if they are only recently toilet trained and need to get to the toilet quickly, they need easy access. So a jacket and salopettes may be a better option. Whichever you choose – a last toilet visit before hitting the slopes is always advisable!
· Lost ski gloves are the biggest pain, literally! So attach them to string to run through their jacket, or get ones that have wrist straps to keep them on. And in case that doesn’t work take spares! Most importantly they need to know, NO taking gloves off on chairlifts! Teach them to selfishly guard their skis, poles, helmets, hats, and everything else, so nothing goes missing.
· Pack snacks to give them energy during the day. And make sure they drink lots of water. It’s easy to forget to drink enough and get dehydrated at altitude.
· You can get disposable hand and foot warmers, which are brilliant and last for approximately 5 hours. I get VERY cold fingers and toes and find these invaluable.
· Dressing for skiing is all about layers. They will need a thermal base layer (top and bottoms), possibly another top, and a fleece under their jacket. It’s better to get hot and take a layer off than be too cold. Ensure they all know how to dress and undress themselves! And allow yourself way more time to get them ready each morning than you think anyone should ever need.
· If you are flying to Chambery be warned, it’s a difficult airport for planes to land at if the wind is in the wrong direction. So you may end up having to get a bus to one of the bigger airports, having waited for hours. I know this from personal experience!
· Even if your children don’t usually suffer from car-sickness, going up a windy mountain, especially early in the morning after a bottle of milk, tests even the most resilient stomach. Cue every child on the bus vomiting on our way back from the resort to the airport.
· There is a reason why insurance companies charge a premium for Winter Sports. Don’t go without insurance. Accidents can happen. My children somewhat amazingly didn’t break any bones last time we went. But only two of them were skiing then. Next time our odds will be doubled!
Esprit offer good value holidays with a range of options for childcare including Snow Club, crèches, their own English speaking ski instructors, catered chalets and lots of good early bird deals and special offers for families with babies and toddlers. If you book a year in advance you can save hundreds of pounds.
Last time we went skiing was with Becky and family to Chalet Begonia in La Rosiere with Esprit. The chalet was lovely and we were lucky enough to have a chalet host who was a brilliant cook (this is always the luck of the draw and we lucked out on this occasion!). We had a thoroughly good time, especially being served canapés and drinks each evening before dinner. And the kids had a ball. I’m slightly worried that our next ski holiday will not match up, so am quietly trying to persuade Becky they should join us again J
Catered chalets with in house nannies in 6 snow sure resorts across Europe. Friends have holidayed with Ski Beat and highly recommend them.
Some deals available at the moment:
Flying from Manchester (in the Easter holidays!!) w/c 11th April
Chalet Dahu, Les Arcs in France
Now £577 per person instead of £769
Catered chalets with in house nannies in Les Gets, Reberty 2000 and La Plagne 1800.
Deals – Half Term
14th Feb – Chalet Nicole, La Plagne – family of 4 £4,400 (own travel or inclusive Eurotunnel crossing)
See more deals online.