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ON A HOLIDAY
A skiing holiday is the kids' idea of
heaven. For me, it set off alarm bells over
broken bones, mountain sickness and
frostbite... yet how wrong I was!
Having finally sloped off with the
family, I've never laughed so much. A
week spent together with no one getting
piste off is a rare occurrence, and an
experience I can't wait to repeat.
Whatever the age of your children,
there's something for everyone - provided
you choose a resort that caters well for
families, such as Club Med or Esprit Ski.
Prices soar in the school holidays so
skiing is never a cheap choice, but the
combination of mastering a new sport,
making friends with other families at
dinner and on the mountain, glorious
views in the sunshine and the buzz of
conquering a tricky run make the months
of scrimping and saving worthwhile.
the UK and, although you can't
be guaranteed sunshine, if you
find one suitable for the children,
you'll be basking in the glory of
knowing that if they're happy,
then so are you - even if you return home
whiter than you left.
THE URBAN BEACH
AT THE GROVE
I've been lucky enough to stay in many
hotels during my career. However, with
two of my three children aged just one
year apart, the prospect of packing,
travelling to the airport and the flight
itself when they were little was stressful
enough to not warrant a trip at all.
So there's something very nice about
holidaying closer to home, especially
if you're travelling with a baby and a
toddler - or both. There are plenty of
family-friendly holidays to be had in
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M Y P I C K : The Grove, Watford,
W H Y ? You're welcomed to the hotel
with milk and cookies and child-sized
bathrobes. There's an amazing kids' club,
plus a walled garden featuring tennis
courts, croquet lawn, outdoor swimming
pool and even an urban beach where you
can build sandcastles.
D I S A D V A N T A G E S ? Being the
UK, you can't rely on the weather - it
can be very frustrating to be on the
hotel's beautiful beach in the rain.
MY PICK: Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000,
Courchevel, France (espritski.com/
WH Y? This gorgeous resort is a base
for the Three Valleys, which is the world's
largest lift-linked ski area, boasting
600km of pistes. However, you don't
really need to leave Courchevel as there
are routes of all grades there. This hotel
sits along blue slopes of the Pralong area,
which means you don't have to schlep the
kids, their equipment and everything else
on to a coach - you can ski to the lifts.
There are kids' clubs for ages three to 12
and a nursery for baby childcare.
DIS ADVANT AG E S ? Being
piste-side means the hotel isn't in the
centre of the resort, but there is a free
Esprit minibus shuttle service.
AND ZACK HIT