For parents that ski or snowboard keeping up their winter sports holidays while having young children is a challenge. My little boy is now a toddler, at 18 months he is too young to join ski school so we needed to book a ski holiday that included child care.
We decided to book a chalet holiday with Esprit Ski and enrolled the little man in their creche. This blog is a review of the childcare not the boarding (which was awesome!) or the chalet (which was also awesome) I will review these separately.
The childcare aspect of holiday began with a nice touch: A member of the nursery team was on the airport transfer to introduce herself and provide childcare forms to complete.
This small touch meant we knew what would happen the next day and there would be no unnecessary delays – members of the childcare team were also around after we’d settled into the chalet .
It was the first time I had actually seen myself ski but I didn’t look as good as I’d imagined, despite having notched up almost ten years on the slopes.
Watching myself sliding and flexing in front of the huge mirror, I could see that my upper body was moving around far too much, and that I was leaning over my uphill ski as I travelled across the ‘piste’, rather than keeping my core upright and balanced.
Before long, these glitches in my technique unbalanced my skis and I fell onto the white carpet with a clatter of metal.
My Skiplex experience had begun!
Women are raising the bar in the world of freeriding. They’re skiing bigger mountains, taking greater risks and proving that female freeskiers are a force to contend with.
World tours have provided the ultimate arena for fearless females to test themselves against the best skiers on the planet, and this year the competition reached fever point with female freeriders better represented and receiving more coverage than ever before.
This year, three world tours – the Swatch Freeride World Tour, Freeskiing World Tour and The North Face Masters of Snowboarding combined, bringing together the world’s best talent on the snow in one event.
Parents taking a toddler on a ski holiday will often ask themselves “How do we keep the kids happy and safe while still having a good ski holiday?”
Well, the answer lies in choosing the right operator, one that offers all the toddler-friendly facilities you need – from comfy cot rooms to state-of-the-art play zones, themed activities to fun-packed snow play areas.
Sinking happy hour pints in the pub, refuelling on alpine fodder at home, or soaking your tootsies in a steaming tub: however you like to spend your après time, get yourself geared up with this season’s best ski films.
But, you’d be foolish to just stick to the latest releases; we’ve included a stack of timeless classics, you can kick back to.
Here are the best ski movies to watch in your après time:
The 2012/13 season sees big changes in binding technology – most notably for ski touring – so let’s get to grips with this with a ski binding guide that sees what the latest brands are bringing to the new season.
Touring bindings have often compromised on downhill riding, battling with the challenge of being light and nimble enough for hiking up hill, as well as being robust and adaptable enough for tackling crud, powder and piste conditions.
Ski-tourers also typically have to remove their skis when they want to switch between hiking and riding – a real pain on tricky terrain.
But a new generation of touring bindings could add a new dimension to your annual skiing holidays this year, bringing improved downhill performance and fuss-free change-overs between skiing and touring modes.
Of all the continents of the world to ski in, North America is widely considered the best, and for many good reasons. So that’s settled then!
North American resorts have the highest annual snowfall and visibility is usually excellent. Resorts are of a very high standard – pistes are beautifully groomed, lifts are fast and hi-tech, and powder skiers can take peace of mind from the avalanche-patrolled area boundaries.
Add to this some of the most iconographic scenery on Earth – the Rocky Mountains, the forests of British Columbia, winding glade-trails, beguiling wilderness – and it’s clear that North America is a must-ski.
Don’t believe me? Well, check out the top resorts.
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