Ski holidays – are they possible with a baby and a 3.5 years old? Esprit reassures us they can! And by ski holiday I don’t mean parents taking turns with the kids, skiing separately or staying with the little ones whilst they take classes or enjoying the snow. I am after something which will resemble a proper ski holiday from our good old childless days !
And by that I mean:
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 gourmet lunches with lots of 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.
We understand Tignes ticks off 1, 2, 3 and 5 above. So are very looking forward a week with Esprit starting on Sunday!