Yes, this is a sponsored post but it’s a genuine question. A group of our friends are going on a Ski Holiday in Austria in Feb and have invited us along. This particular group of friends are a great laugh but the majority of them don’t have kids. However, they’ve always been brilliant with our daughter. In fact, she thinks one of them is her second dad but that’s a whole different story. There is one couple going who have a daughter but they’ve managed to find care for her for the week, lucky so and so’s! However, this isn’t an option for us.
The idea would be that our friends would stay in the main hotel partying till silly o’clock and we would get something self-catering nearby and possibly take turns joining them at night. Originally, I discounted it straight away but after seeing how much Madame enjoyed her ski lesson a couple of weeks ago I’m now toying with the idea again.
I’ve never been skiing in Europe nor have I ever been skiing for more than a day at a time. When I was growing up in Canada we’d just drive up to the ski hill in the morning which was only 45 minutes away and would return in the evening. The thought of skiing for a whole week sounds like it could be hard work.
I’ve also spoken to another friend who has taken her 3 year old skiing and she raves about it. She said ‘if you’re inclined, the crèches/ski schools are so good that you don’t even have to see your kids all day if you don’t want to!’ Not sure if I’d be up for that but the option is tempting.
The last thing we need to consider it the cost. I haven’t quite worked it out yet but a week for the 3 of us isn’t going to be cheap (hotel, flights, food, drink, lift passes, equipment). Would I be better off killing two birds with one stone and investigating Ski holidays in Canada so I could combine it with wwvisiting family?
So, my question to you is ‘have you ever been skiing with a 3 year old and if so, would you recommend it?’
Madame had her first ever ski lesson this morning courtesy of The Snow Centre. Even though I’m Canadian, I was secretly hoping she wouldn’t like it as it’s one of those sports, like horse riding, that may require a second mortgage! However, she absolutely loved it! At the end of her lesson she demanded more and tried to make a break for the big slope!
A special thanks to Ali Fischer, the Marketing Assistant, at the Snow Centre for such a warm welcome and to Nicole for being and ever so patient Instructor.
I can’t wait till she turns 4 so I can get her into lessons. Shhh, don’t tell hubby!
The music is by Blues Traveller one of my favourite bands.
Most of you know that I’m Canadian. Contrary to popular belief Maple Syrup doesn’t flow through our veins nor are we born with skis strapped to our feet. I can ski although not brilliantly and I’ve never needed the services of Mountain Rescue.
I grew up 45 minutes away from Sun Peaks ski resort which is currently being developed in conjunction with Nancy Green of Olympic Gold Medal Fame. When I was growing up it was called Todd Mountain, but apparently Tod means death in German, so to attract more tourists they changed it.
So, I have to admit when I first moved to the UK and came across a dry ski slope I fell about laughing. Who in their right mind would make a ski hill out of washing up brushes? Let me think about it, white fluffy powdery snow…..abrasive material used to scour pans. There doesn’t seem to be any logic in it.
When my family comes to visit, I always take them to the main UK attractions like the Changing of the Guard, the London Eye, Stratford upon Avon, etc but I always have to take them to see the local dry slope and of course we go via the Magic Roundabout in Hemel! They always have the same reaction as me and jump out to take a photo in disbelief.
We’re hoping to go on our first skiing holiday in February so I’m really looking forward to Madame’s first ski lesson, at the Hemel Snow Centre. Apparently, they have real snow…