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 4: Skiing lessons, ski school and Monty
We got to meet Monty today!
So, no surprise when I say another great day here today. The weather is amazing, and ski conditions are excellent. Myself and two friends had our last ski lesson with Marcelle today, who has over the last two days been helping us with our technique. I have been skiing for over twenty years and think my technique has become a bit sloppy to say the least, so it’s been great having an ESF pro helping us. Being a local, we also got some great tips for local hangouts and he’s taken us to some of the best spots in Les Menuires.
In the afternoon, we headed out again to take the little ones skiing, and see how they have been getting on in ski school. All three of them are doing fabulously, having completely mastered the snow plough and really growing in confidence. We then returned to the chalet where we had a surprise visit from none other than Monty the Marmot. The kids loved the visit and it was a really nice surprise, and again one of the small touches you don’t expect but something that we’ll remember.
Dinner was the French classic raclette – which for a chalet of cheese lovers, went down an absolute storm!
Day 5: Staff day off
Breakfast this morning wasn’t the calm start we have been used to the past few days. Today, we were in charge as it was our lovely host’s turn to have a day off and enjoy the snow. Once the kids were packed off to ski school we headed over to Meribel (really trying to get the most out of our 3 valleys lift past).
In the afternoon we took the kids out, with the youngest heading to soft play with the nannies. By the end of the day they were all suitably exhausted which was excellent for us as the nannies were coming back for the evening, which meant we could all head out for dinner. We went to La Marmite which, if you like traditional French food, is the place for you. The food was absolutely delicious, topped off with a night cap when we returned home.
Fresh snow is due tonight, so we are all very much looking forward to the powder skiing in the morning.
Day 6: Fresh snow & snow angels!
Today we woke up to fresh snowfall, 30cm I believe! However, with the fresh snow came poorer visibility out on the pistes which led to some interesting ‘skiing’ in the morning; more from me than the rest of the group who were revelling in the fresh powder. The kids also loved it and spent most the afternoon finding any bit of untouched snow and throwing themselves in it.
Ski school for the Mountain Marmots got them on their first chair lift, an experience they were screaming about when we got back in the afternoon. I am glad I didn’t know they were doing this, as I might have been a bit apprehensive of them falling out, however for the lift supervisors this is an everyday occurrence, so they had it covered.
Our lovely Resort Manager Lilly joined us for dinner on Thursday night; our main was perfectly paired with a delicious Malbec wine, which went down very well with all of the chalet…let’s just say many a bottle was consumed Thursday evening and the less said about that the better!
Day 7: French toast Friday!
Today we nicknamed French Toast Friday as we had the best French toast ever. Seasoned with cinnamon, it was absolutely scrumptious (my mouth is watering just writing about it).
Today marked the last ski lesson of the week for the little ones, they have all come on so well and have been up the mountain multiple times with the group and in the afternoon with the daddies who were brave enough to take them out. We headed to the nursery slope just before the end of their lesson for their medal ceremony where they all got presented with an ESF pin; 3 very chuffed little Mountain Marmots!
We quickly headed over to Val Thorens for the afternoon, and got some great runs in before rushing to get to Ski Olympics with all the Ski Famille nannies and kids in the resort. At the end of the day we were very sad to say goodbye to our truly wonderful nannies Liam, Tilly and Holly! I can honestly say they were absolutely AMAZING with all the children and with us parents as well. Thanks guys!!!
Our last dinner in the chalet was lovely, we said goodbye to our lovely fellow chalet guests Kirsty, William and Brodie (with not so much wine consumed as the night before)!
Day 8: Hometime
Our final day came all to quickly! We booked a private transfer back to Geneva as we are quite a big group; 11 of us in total. Lilly and our chalet team all came to say goodbye.
The whole holiday was effortless and I can’t thank Ski Famille enough – they really do think of all the small things that are familiar in your own home, like steps in the bathrooms for the kids, Childs farm toiletries, a fully stocked playroom, and Out & About pushchairs for the younger children. We truly had another fabulous holiday and are already planning our next trip.
Thanks Ski Famille and see you in 2019!