Having booked the kids a few lessons at the local indoor ski slope, more and more I am leaning towards taking the family away skiing next year. Sunbed holidays aren’t really what my family are into, and the thought of giving the kids the life experience really appeals to me. HOWEVER, unlike a conventional ‘pool’ holiday – there are a few more things to consider, so below I will run through some of the considerations I have reached so far. Most of which, focus around keeping the kids happy!
Location, Location, Location
This was a relatively easy decision, I had heard that the Alps offered the best skiing in Europe and that Val Thorens, a resort within the three valleys ski area was family friendly and offered plenty for the beginner skier (all of us)
Hotels VS Chalets
The next considerations is accommodation. The two main choices we faced were staying in either a hotel or a catered chalet. After some consideration, we decided that we want to stay in a family friendly chalet, which provides a hearty breakfast and evening meal – all served by chalet staff in a cosy, relaxed environment. As an added benefit, chalets are also significantly cheaper than hotels.
Ski & Boot Hire
The next thing to sort is Ski & Boot Hire, these are fitted in shops at the resort, but are much cheaper when ordered online in advance.
With the holiday being on a budget, it’s a close tossup between flying and driving. Whilst it may be challenging at times keeping the kids entertained in the car, there’s something romantic about a family road trip. Just need to look into ferries…
Childcare & Kid’s Ski Schools
As mentioned above, there are many family friendly chalets available across the Val Thorens, many of which offer kids clubs, nurseries and playrooms, which are shared between other Chalets. This will also give the kids opportunity (as well as us) to make friends and enjoy the sneaky beer whilst the kids are being well looked after.
As we mentioned, the kids are getting bits of practice in on the indoor slopes, so will be able to at least strap the skis on for their lessons. I am really looking forward to seeing them dash around the nursery slopes and training areas.
Typically, their day will be as follows: Ski School in the morning, followed by childminding & play back at the Chalet, leaving us adults until around 4pm to make the most out of the slopes.
Adult Ski Schools & Lessons
Whilst the kids are getting taught, we will also be signing up for a mixture of ski school and lessons. The Private Ski Lessons should fast track our progress and let us see most of the mountains, whilst the ski school will help us get to grips with the basics and help the social aspect of the holiday.
Across Val Thorens, there’s a massive amount of activities which are perfect for the kids. Although (I hope) they are pretty tired after a day’s skiing, there’s also swimming pools, sports centres, bowling alleys and cinemas to keep us all busy.
A helping hand
Organising the above for four people, is simply too much to organise. So I called Get me to The Alps, and discussed my exact requirements with them. They took on board everything I need from the holiday, including childcare arrangements and ski hire for four – and have said they can look after, and book everything on my behalf. Meaning, all we have to do is turn up there and enjoy the week – most of the expenditure will be covered as well, so no nasty surprises when we turn up to the resort.
Even though we will be going during half term (expensive!) they are finding the best possible deals for us, to keep cost to a minimum. I will keep you posted with how the holiday planning progresses and if you want any further information, visit: https://www.getmetothealps.com/