/ Skiing holiday with 1 year old
Babies are a fantastic way to ensure adequate space on a free for all EasyJet flight ;-)
I went to Serre chevallier last season with my 8 month old son and had a great trip. There are two bits of kit that I found utterly essential to making the trip work. The first was a Baby bjorn papoose that i carried my little sprog in whilst I pootled down some well reccied blue runs.
The second was a non skiing grandmother.
I don't know what sort of budget you have, but a few years ago my wife and I went on holiday with our daughter using a company called Family Ski. It was a catered holiday and they were really good, the childcare was great. We put our daughter in to the creche for the mornings and took it in turns to be with her in the afternoons - so we didn't leave her with strangers all the time but managed to get some stuff done for ourselves.
We had previously both worked several ski seasons and saved up for that holiday - it was great to have some luxury for once! We went to Ardent in the last week of the season and there was plenty of skiable terrain plus it wasn't too cold for our daughter either.
Good luck and I hope you find somewhere that works.
I'd never thought about the cross country aspect of it! thats a great idea!
>The first was a Baby bjorn papoose that i carried my little sprog in whilst I pootled down some well reccied blue runs.
Though watch out, this is explicitly banned in many resorts, and will lose you your lift pass from what I understand....
Personally, I'm not sure I could tolerate either set of grandparents within the confines of a small ski appartment for a week ;-) We've always just swapped adults around - often trying to go to the same resort as another family, or taking a couple of extra child-free adults, so not all the skiing is done alone.
I know it's not easy, but how about finding other families to go with and share an appartment and childcare responsibilities?
We went here:
two years ago. Not cheap but really good service and really nice and confidence inspiring nursery staff. My daughter was about 9 months old, we went with friends who had twins of a similar age and all 3 children loved the nursery.
The setup was good - you pick up your child from nursery around 4ish, feed them at children's tea (there's a good choice of weaning type food), then bath and bed. There's then a listening service (nursery staff sat outside your room) whilst you go to dinner downstairs (normal chalet type fare - wine with meal etc) and you get a message if your child wakes up.
The ski area's large, relatively high and as close to guaranteed snow as you get in the Alps nowadays...
Wow, you got some nasty responses! I'd ignor them.
We have skied a few times as a large family group and used Crystal. Although i did not have kids then, my sister had two young ones in their day care program. You would be limited to the resorts where they have the children's clubs, and for greatest convenience you'd also want to go to the hotel where the club is based to avoid having to traipse a little one on snowy streets or on a crowded ski bus. My sister was every happy with the holidays they had with crystal. As its a package flight and transport to the resort are all included. It might not be the cheapest way, but nothing is going to be very cheap for you now if you want to keep traveling, and it's worth paying a bit extra for convenience.
I think it's important for parents to have some "me" time as well, and good to keep your ability up, as in no time at all your little one will be on the slopes, and you won't be able to keep up.
Enjoy your holiday
My friend has been to Chamonix twice where there are lots of creches, kids skiclubs. Has been very happy with it!
Ignore those grumpy people who say you should stay at home, it's nice and important to keep on doing what you want whilst including the kids.
Les Saises - between Megeve and Albetrville - part of the Espace Diamant ski area.
Very French, no braying British knobheads and several kids schools and creches. The skiing is very family oriented and a hidden gem. You can ski Les Contamines and Areches Beaufort.
Some really good X country so you could take junior in the papoose thingy.
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