As a family, we love nothing more than to go on adventures, whether that's abroad, or for a weekend break in the UK or even a day out somewhere closer to home. At just 3 years old, LO is lucky enough that he's already quite well travelled for his age and every time we have been away with him, we've noticed that he's always come back more seeming more grown up, or nearer to a new milestone. I definitely think travelling shapes us and we are really keen to continue to take the boys away to new places as much as we can.
On Sunday 8th January, we took the boys on a totally new sort of adventure- to go on our first skiing trip as a family with Mark Warner. Having never skied before, I had very little idea about what to look for when booking a skiing holiday but as Richard has been skiing a couple of times before, he knew what to look for in a resort. We spent ages browsing on the Mark Warner website which makes it really straightforward to choose where to go, and eventually settled on the resort of Tignes in the French Alps.
After a great first morning in ski lessons, which ran from 9-12 Monday to Friday, I met up with Richard who'd been out exploring the slopes on his own. We enjoyed a really nice lunch in a cool underground bar and it was a really rare treat to have some time together just the two of us, while the boys were having fun in Mark Warner childcare. In the afternoon, we went back out onto the nursery slopes so I could practise the new skiing skills I'd learnt in the morning.
Yes the snow really was this deep. The weather was really quite extreme and this was before the heavy snow storm we had on Thursday afternoon when we had over half a metre of snow fall overnight. I think it was a particularly cold week when we were there so we couldn't stay out for too long, but we managed to get a few photos in the snow.
Looking so much like his daddy... I think it's the blue eyes. There really is nothing better than being able to go away together as a family. Little L really changed over the course of the week and being in childcare did him the world of good. Before we went away, he didn't really like being left with anyone bar myself, but by the third day, he was more than happy to be passed to the nannies and it's really helped ease him into his new nursery too. He developed a really close bond with his key worker Abby, who was just wonderful.
Little L was fascinated by the snow and I think LO would have played in it all day given the chance. I just cannot wait to go skiing again sometime and let LO have skiing lessons.
After our snowy afternoon out sledging with the boys, we took them for hot chocolates and crepes in a cafe in the town. There's nothing like the feeling of being outside in that crisp, cold air and then going to sit in a cafe with a cup of hot chocolate. I really could get used to the skiing way of life.
After our sunny afternoon in the snow on Wednesday, the weather conditions became pretty extreme, and the snow fall was absolutely amazing. I'll be talking more about what we did during the second half of the week in my next post, plus talking more in depth about Hotel L'Aiguille Percee and the Mark Warner childcare services.
I have also made a video of our week in Tignes. It's one of my longer videos but it really gives you a good insight of what a family ski holiday with young children is like. It really isn't as daunting as you may think and we had the most magical week with our boys. I feel so grateful to have been able to have this wonderful experience as a family.
NB: As part of my Ambassador role for Mark Warner, we were very kindly sent on our ski trip to Tignes by Mark Warner Holidays. All photos, video content and opinions are entirely my own. Head over to the Mark Warner website to find out more about booking a ski holiday in one of their fantastic locations.