According to Travel Weekly, 38% of people in Britain have travelled abroad on a 3G holiday: a trip consisting of at least three generations of one family. Here at Ski Magic, we are seeing lots of interest in 3G holiday guests to our chalets and we welcome many extended families to Courchevel Le Praz and La Tania during the winter.
Here are our top 5 reasons that so many of our guests enjoy a winter holiday with children and grandparents:
It’s often difficult trying to get everyone together in the summer-time – the winter is much quieter and it’s lovely to have an active mountain holiday to look forward to.
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Catered chalet holidays are a perfect way to spend family time together because all three generations can take a break from the burden of shopping, cooking and washing up!
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It’s so easy to entertain children when you have a garden full of snow! Kids of all ages love making a snowman, right?
Our chalets with hot tubs or swimming pools are ideal for multi-generational winter holidays: perfect for a tranquil morning or afternoon when others are out skiing.
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Using Ski Magic’s in-house childcare means grown-ups can all ski together, or enjoy a mountain lunch!
Ski Magic make family skiing easy…
When you book a holiday with Ski Magic, our in-house services help to keep costs low for the whole family and our expertise makes the whole process very easy.
Some of our chalets have family rooms which can help to keep costs down when bringing children, especially younger kids. Certain rooms have space for cots and put-up beds, and we have adjoining bunk rooms in some chalets. Enquire now to see which of our chalets have family rooms.
Our friendly nannies can look after your children aged 6 months – 12 years in the safe chalet environment and can include ski school pick-ups and lunches, depending on your requirements. Outdoor play in the snow is included as well as time inside with stories, arts and crafts, face painting and more! Our nannies are fully qualified and we adhere to strict UK carer:child ratios.
Order your Courchevel or Three Valleys lift passes through Ski Magic and you’ll pay just the same as at the lift pass office, but they’ll be waiting for you in the chalet when you arrive.
There are savings to be made for families:
FAMILY PASS – 2 adults plus children = parents ski at children’s prices
UNDER 5 – Free pass
OVER 65 – Special senior rates
OVER 75 – Free pass
PEDESTRIAN – enables access to pedestrian lifts so non-skiers can see the tops of the mountains and meet up with the skiers.
Our catered service includes a children’s tea which is served around 5.30pm for any under-12s in the chalet. On the menu are healthy favourites, plenty of fruit and veg and some dessert treats! We can accommodate intolerances or dietary requirements and for babies we can whizz up some plain veg or provide simple finger food.
Once the children are tucked up in bed, or at least settled with a film, the grown-ups can sit down to a relaxing dinner-party style meal, served with wine. Our chalet hosts will have done all the shopping, preparation and cooking for you, so you don’t need to lift a finger in the kitchen. You can add some extra treats such as bubbly and canapés or a cheeseboard if you feel like indulging further.
A day-in-the-life of a 3G holiday in our catered chalets…
Breakfast is served: gather around the table for a hearty cooked breakfast, cereal, porridge or fruit and yoghurt – just like in a hotel, the choice is yours! The children got up a little early? No problem – help yourself to a cuppa and give the kids some fruit or cereal to nibble whilst breakfast is being prepared. We want you to feel at home in the chalet.
Morning: The youngsters get dressed up and head off to ski school or perhaps to play outside with the nannies whilst the grown-ups go out for a ski and make the most of the beautifully-groomed pistes in Courchevel. Non-skiers can wander around the village and have a coffee, or perhaps take the bus to one of the neighbouring villages to check out the shops. There are also some lovely walks around resort, all you need is a pair of grippy boots although you can easily hire snow-shoes if you prefer.
Lunchtime: Everyone is meeting in one of the best value local restaurants, Le Bouc Blanc. Non-skiers and little ones not in childcare take the bubble lift from La Tania and meet the skiers. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu and there’s often live music (and the hot chocolate is especially good!)
Afternoon: Time to play in the snow! Swapping childcare duties where necessary, some of the grown-ups go up for a ski while the others go sledging with the children on the special area by the top of the gondola. Then it’s time to head back to the chalet for afternoon tea: a delicious carrot cake, a pot of tea and some fresh bread and jam goes down a treat! Once refuelled, the children play in the snow outside the chalet and build snowmen.
Early evening: The children tuck in to their tasty tea supervised by Dad & Grandad who have a beer or two from the Honesty Bar while Mum and Grandma have a peaceful soak in the hot tub! The children have a bath and a story and fall asleep exhausted after a day in the mountains…
Evening: Taking a seat at the table, the grown-ups enjoy a civilised evening meal, with home-cooked food prepared by the chalet hosts. There’s a choice of red or white wine to accompany, and always something indulgent for dessert. Coffee and tea is served in the sitting room around the log fire; some choose to relax with a book or a game and others decide to pop into town to enjoy a little nightlife!