Mom’s Guide to Organising a Ski Holiday in France
Where To Stay?
First things first, figure out the best place where the whole family can be comfortable and spend time together. A private luxury chalet is the perfect place to accommodate everyone. Family meals at the large dining table cooked by your very own private chef would be a fantastic way to spend an evening together. After dinner how about a movie in the private cinema that seats everyone for those cosy après-ski nights. After the kids are asleep it’s time to enjoy some alone time together in the private sauna. There’s no better choice than Chamonix chalets to suit the needs of the whole family.
What To Bring?
Having the proper ski gear is important on a ski holiday. Organising this for oneself is enough to think about, let alone the whole family. If you don’t already have your gear ready, not to worry. There are many places in Chamonix to get fitted with the right stuff. Hiring ski gear is easy with experts that will be able to fit boots, skis and helmets for everyone.
If you want to buy, ski jacket, salopettes, gloves and goggles to have on your many more ski themed adventures then check out some of the local department stores before you travel for the best prices. The most important thing to remember, no matter if you buy or rent your equipment is to ensure you get a good fit. Having problems on the slopes will just make for an unenjoyable time. A wobbly helmet or loose skis can mean safety is at risk.
It’s not only what to wear, but also what you use and one can never forget about a possible emergency. With the beautiful French sunshine gleaming off the perfect white snow you will be guaranteed to end up with panda eyes from those goggles. Tissues for a runny nose and snacks for a hungry tummy can feel like essentials. Not to mention the dry winter weather can be quite tough on your hands so a hand balm is a must have. And since we are talking about dry, don’t forget the lip balm. Lastly, depending on how many children you have and depending on their mood, a personal hip flask (or two) will definitely come in handy, if you know what we mean.
Some more subjective items but potentially ones you would not want to leave the chalet without could be Ibuprofen for too many swigs on the hip flask, or just general body aches. Plasters for ski boot blisters and some deep heat muscle relaxing pads.
Here is our list of extra amenities to make the day better and be certain that you will be the go to mum for all the comforts of home on the slopes.
- Pocket snow wax
- Video camera
- Lift pass card holder
- Mini Torch
- Fold-away shovel
- Tea bags
- Power bank
- Portable speaker
- Multi tool
- Any entertainment, like cards, books, video player/tablet for when the little ones get bored of the snow, but the rest of the group does not want to go back yet
When To Go?
If it’s less frigid weather you’re after than a holiday around Easter is what you want. Sunny days, less tourists and lower resort costs are some other benefits of going around the month of March. Just be sure to check ahead, because of course, warmer temps mean the potential for less snow. Otherwise the ideal time to go would be late December to February, when the temps are low and the ski resorts attendance is high, not to mention the prices as well. France is incredible around the holidays, if you don’t mind the crowds it’s a beautiful experience.