Alison Reeves is one of our guests on holiday with us this week. She has been writing a journal of her family’s experiences with us, with plenty of family photos!
This is a day to day account of her holiday, all written by her of course. We’ve split her blog in half – this is the first section, with another blog to come as she writes about the second half of her holiday.
Alison runs a boutique Marketing agency called Weave Marketing.
Day 1: Transfer day
The first day of holidays are always a little tiring and hard for us parents, trying to control the excitement of the kids and the thought of getting to the airport, the flight and dreaded transfer can be a little overwhelming! However today, it was a smooth ride. Definitely helped by the team of Trunki’s we had in hot pursuit. Flights on time (and not at an unearthly hour), and then an easy ride up to Les Bruyeres, with some kids asleep and the others occupied by the view. We were met at Geneva by the team from Ski Famille and whisked straight off in our transfer. The team here at Chalet Aigrette are lovely and it was great to see Lilly who was our host on our trip last year to Les Gets.
All the lovely touches we have become familiar with were here on arrival from the Childs Farm products in the bath, to the right size nappies for our littlest. The Chalet here is AMAZING, complete with a hot tub overlooking the mountains, a cinema room to entertain the little ones at the end of the day and a sauna for us adults to unwind after a long day. We’re lucky to travel with two families we met through NCT (a few years back).
A great day travelling, and very much looking forward to day 1 of skiing, as the snow looks AMAZING.
Day 2: Out on the slopes
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to ski school we go!
Today was the first day skiing for all us. Our wonderful nannies Liam, Holly & Tilly arrived just after 8.30am and all children (well, except my youngest) took to them straight away. The elder three in the group were soon throwing on their ski gear to hang out with Liam for their first ski lesson of the week with ESF – not one of them looking back!
We had a great day skiing Val Thorens, stopping for a rather delicious Chocolat Chaud at Le Caribou. The conditions were amazing, the best I have skied in for a few years, and to top it all off the sun was shining. We headed back in time to pick up our kids at the end of their childcare session and decided to check out Speed Mountain in Les Bruyeres (not before eating the best chocolate cake that was left for us for afternoon tea). Speed Mountain was great, a fab few minutes with screams of delights coming from my eldest.
A great first day on the slopes.
Day 3: A foodies heaven
Today was another fantastic day of skiing – we headed over to Courchevel for the day. The sun was shining and there was not a single cloud in the sky. The little ones had a great day too, coming on leaps and bounds in their ski class and then we spent the afternoon on our sledges (all provided in the chalet). It was great fun.
But today was mainly a day of great food! We came home to find the kids making chocolate chip cookies (eating as much dough as ended up in the cookies!), but they tasted delicious and the little ones were all chuffed with their baking. Whilst the kids were eating their cookies, we had a delicious afternoon tea of lemon cake! A yummy freshly baked cake every afternoon – what more does one need after a day on the slopes?!
Dinner was a delicious cheese soufflé to start, followed by duck and for dessert there was a fruit brulee. All devoured, as always, by very hungry adults after a day skiing. One of the pure delights of a ski famille holiday is that they really do take care of everything for you – the kids food, entertainment, and our dinners – all done hassle-free and without having to leave the comfort of our gorgeous chalet.