Mini Travellers – Family Travel & Family Holiday Tips

Choosing a Family Ski Holiday

So as you may know (as I haven’t stopped going on about it) we have been chosen as Mark Warner family ski ambassadors for 2015.  We were chosen based on our post Skiing not just for Daddies.

We got to choose a ski holiday for the 5 of us at one of the fabulous Mark Warner resorts.

So what do we need to think about when choosing our family ski holiday.

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The usual questions such as cost and price are all very happily sorted out for us. Lucky I know. But as parents, these are only the start of the things we look at when booking a holiday.  So what are the other things you need to consider when booking a ski holiday with your kids.

These are the things I thought about

1. Where can we fly from? How long is the flight? Who is the flight with? How family friendly are they?

2. Where can we fly to? What is the distance from the airport? How do you then get from the airport to the resort?

3. What rooms are we likely to stay in?  What room combinations are available.

4. What food is provided for the children?

5. Is there any childcare? What will it be like? Will we want to use it? What have other people said about it?

6. How far is it to the ski lifts?  What sort of ski lift are they? Are they safe for the kids?

7. Will they teach all the kids? If not how will that work?

8. If they don’t like skiing and think skiing is just for daddies. What else will they do when they are there?

9. What time of year should we go? Will January be too cold? Will there be any snow in March.  Will it be too busy in the school holidays?

10. Will mum and dad like the hotel once the kids have gone to bed (see how far down the list that is!)

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So weighing it all up, we decided that we are going to the Chalet Hotel Aiguille Peercee in Tignes -!!  We can fly from Manchester on a short flight with Jet2.  The journey time from Grenoble to Tignes isn’t too bad.  We can have a family room or an interconnecting room, and they serve meals at sensible times for the kids.  The childcare looks AMAZING, and people have raved about it.  They won’t teach the twins to ski, but they will take them out for ski fun all morning.  If they don’t like skiing there is games and fun play all day anyway.  We think early March is just the right time of year, as there will hopefully be enough snow, but it will be a little bit warmer for the girls.  And the hotel for us (the last thing on our list if you recall) looks incredible. I am just a little bit excited.*

Is there anything I am missing when considering it all??

*more than a little bit excited!!!

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Mummy to boyz
    7th January 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I think your list is spot on. We have actually stayed in the uk before after checking transfer times from the destination airport to a holiday resort before – enjoy!

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    sarah christie
    7th January 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Karen, it looks amazing. I bet you can’t wait, its making me want to go skiing xx

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    Barjerow
    7th January 2015 at 11:36 pm

    oooohhhhh. That’s a lot to think about, but well worth it to have a fabulous holiday!!!

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    Julia @ rainbeaubelle
    8th January 2015 at 9:04 am

    Well I’ve never been skiing but these are the kinds of things we have been thinking about when trying to book a holiday for February. Flight time is a definite consideration for our youngest, and the accommodation and whether it allows us to get the children to sleep and have a bit of time together. I know someone who lives in Tigne so will give you her details! She writes a magazine about the local area called Tarentaise Source. Xx

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    everything mummy
    8th January 2015 at 9:37 pm

    sounds amazing karen I’m sure you’ll have a brilliant time, I’ve never been skiing i injured my self ski bobbing as a child and its scarred me for life haha

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    minis & more...
    8th January 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Karen. We have just found your fantastic blog. A fellow “mini” blog! Our eldest minis have all just turned three and so we are really keen to get them on the slopes. Your checklist will be invaluable! Thank you. Will definitely keep an eye out for your review when you return.

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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    9th January 2015 at 10:51 am

    Oh how exciting!! I cannot wait for you to go so we can see them on real skis! It is going to be such a fab holiday!! x

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    13th January 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Again HUGE congratulations on becoming ambassador lovely! Thoroughly deserved.
    It sounds like you have it all planned. I wish I could advise but I have only been to one ski resort where my grandpa has an apartment in the French Alps. My step dad goes twice a year and he wants to take the girls when they are older. Looking forward to hearing how it all went! Will you be going to dry ski slopes prior to this? xxxx

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    Steph
    13th January 2015 at 8:50 pm

    You are going to have the most amazing time and as you say, I think the child are will be fantastic! For both the kids and you!!! Steph xxx #SundayStars

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    Emma T
    14th January 2015 at 1:42 pm

    SO exciting, and I reckon you’ve covered off everything to check. #sharewithme

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    Mrs H
    14th January 2015 at 9:35 pm

    This list looks pretty good to me. There is so much to consider when taking kiddies abroad and especially on a skiing trip I imagine. But this is all hugely exciting and I can’t wait to read all about your trip in March. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx PS I still adore those pictures of your beautiful girls in their homemade skiing gear. Fantastic. xxx

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    jenny
    14th January 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations hunny thats amazing. Hoping one day I become one too they are such a great company to work alongside. Amazing. You will have such an amazing time. Enjoy hunny. You deserve it. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Sorry if you had any trouble commenting on my site today as the host is being transferred there are a few glitches to fix. Apologies. #sharewithme

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    Seychellesmama
    15th January 2015 at 7:27 am

    Great post! Congratulations for being picked too that’s fantastic!
    I have been to Tignes before (before we had Arthur) and it is truly a fantastic place to be! There will definitely be plenty to entertain the kids if, like you say, Skiing is just for daddies!!! X

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    Samantha Rickelton
    16th January 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I wouldn’t know where to start when choosing a ski holiday so I’m sure this post will be of use to lots of people. Eeeeee I’m so excited for you! #TheList

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    Mummy Fever
    16th January 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Love skiing – this has made me want to go RIGHT NOW!

    We love Belle Plagne in the French Alps x

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    19th January 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I have never been Ski-ing but your list sounds good to me. Have fun! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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    Katie
    8th March 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I know you are there right now and it looks fantastic! But I know you are going to have a fantastic time because you have planned everything out so well. Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

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