This winter, alongside our Christmas Gift Guides, we're going to run a mini series on skiing with children (as eluded to in our round up on polar bear goodies earlier this week). The reason for this is I am taking my family skiing this Christmas! We're off to Les Deux Alpes in the French Alps. It's a high-altitude ski area – one of the highest in the world – and boasts an excellent snow record, well above average sunshine conditions and an amazing 223km of snow-sure ski slopes!
We're going with quite a mixed group of skiers – from those who'll throw themselves down a black run with glee, some intermediates, my ski loving 9 year old, Lola, who is better than her mama (annoyingly!), her 8 year old buddy who loves it as much as she does, my 5 year old, Finn, who thinks he's an Olympian after one dry slope ski lesson and a dinky little 3 three year old who's getting her ski boots on for the first time. Six adults, four kids, one large apartment. It's going to be brilliant!
We have booked with a company called Peak Retreats, who specialise in the French Alps and know the place inside out. Just for clarity, this is not a paid for or sponsored post, but one about what we're doing and who we're doing it with. Don't just take my word for how good they are though, a month or so ago they received The Times Travel Editor's Award! That's no mean feat! Anyway... today we're starting our Skiing with Kids series with The Basics.
Skiing gets a bit of a bad rep for being super-pricey and it's fair to say that if you're planning on going during February half-term prices do go up (inline with any other holiday), but during other times you will be able to find great deals. If you're looking to go during the school holidays...
Christmas – when we're going – is considered early season and there are some really brilliant deals to be had. If you're thinking about it, book soon as offers are ending. When skiing early in the season, make sure you have access to high attitude, snow-sure skiing. It's one of the reasons we're heading to Les Deux Alpes – you can even ski there in summer.
Easter is also a lot cheaper than February half-term (but speak to your tour operator about where to go for good snow). Last year, I stayed in Tignes Les Brevieres in April and it was glorious. I would happily go back there again.
If you're more flexible about when you can go, you will find some great deals either side of the peak weeks.
WHERE TO SHOP FOR SKI CLOTHES
Now, being the coolhunters we are, we have been hunting down the best places to buy skiwear and over the next few weeks will be running some dedicated posts and even a giveaway! But, for now, here are some stores we know and love who have great skiwear.