London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Ski with baby – is it posible or remotely fun? Add a toddler brother as well – any baby friendly ski holidays? Esprit brochures said so! And by ski holiday with baby, we didn’t mean parents taking turns, skiing separately or staying with the little darlings. We were after something which resembled a proper ski holiday from our good old childless days, specific criteria in here:
1.Some good skiing, variety of slopes & options. Some good off-piste always appreciated. We have over 20 ski seasons and we love Kitzbuhel, Chamonix, Courmayeur for the actual skiing and slopes options.
La valee blanche was the highlight of our ski trips in terms of difficulty, stunning scenery and feeling dead after 8 hours of solid challenges. So not necessarily after something like that but a few black runs a day would feel exhilarating.
2.Some ski gourmet lunches with lots of good wine on the slopes. On our top lists we have the cutest refuge on Huches slopes: Les vielles luges, a suckling pig in Courmayeur, Bormio for rich mountain cuisine, St Moritz for posh outdoors.
3.Some good apres skiing. Again Chamonix in our top 3, with live djs and people dipping in jacuzzis middle of the slopes – La Chavanne on La Flegere or La Herse next to Grand Montets Argentiere. La Marmotte in Salice d’Ulzio where we went wild and funny on few occasions. Kitzbuhel where i am afraid a record number of mulled wine and jagermeisters has been consumed before the fastest descent from 3,400m.
4. Cute village vibe please. Again Chamonix is on top of my list, thereafter posh St Moritz and Courmayeur – chilled and fun.
5. Extra activities always appreciated. In St Moritz horse races by the lake are beautiful and unique – we attended few times. Michelin star restaurants in Kitzbuhel are many, quite affordable and a very welcome break from what I find heavy uninspired Austrian cuisine. Salice d’Ulzio has the benefit of skiing and dining in 2 countries – France and Italy competing fiercely in terms of gastronomy. Also many easy slopes equalled a bunch of us trying snowboarding for the first time – too fun but painful for many of us.
And our tried and tested ski holidays with baby in here:
(I) Somehow Tignes Le Lac and Esprit ticked all the above! Full article in here, world class skiing, Michelin restaurants on slopes and after, La Folie crazy afternoons and apre-skiing, amazing Esprit creche and ski school. Ski with baby as easy as it gets !
(II) If you are after something even better value for money, you can head like us to Romania. Our reasoning had something to do with grandparents being there, but this remains afterall an authentic experience, perhaps especially relevant to Israeli based readers – which are just within 2.5 hours of flying to Bucharest. But we reckon Poiana Brasov or Sinaia make even better holidays with older kids in tow rather than ski holidays with baby.
(III) Still on the topic of grandparents around, we also tested flying them to Geneva and travelling together to Chamonix for another ski trip with baby. We found it was truly too complicated for them to entertain too many hours in the snow our energetic offsprings. And that our skiing hours ended up in very late mornings and not enough après skiing. Otherwise though great for all parties!
(IV) Another holiday we loved, bespoke and luxurious, was in in Courchevel 1650. We swear that’s not just a playground for rich and famous but also sensible luxury options for hotels and food, a dedicated article in here. We found the creche great as long as booked and paid in advance and French ski school for kiddies international and fun.
Have you checked our article on ski with toddler? Or handy packing list for skiing with baby/ toddler & another child? What else would you like to hear about on the topic of ski with baby?