Jetting away to a new and exciting destination allows the whole family to enjoy quality time together, without the distractions of everyday life. A winter holiday in the French Alps offers something for every generation, from grandparents to grandkids, and provides the perfect opportunity relish adventures in the snow and treasure each other’s company.
Why take a multi-generational holiday this winter?
Spend quality time together… In an amazing location! It can sometimes feel like a stretch to find time to catch up with family so it’s essential to plan something extra special once in a while. What better place to spend it than in the mountains, with the amazing alpine scenery and magical winter holiday atmosphere.
More time for you. It’s helpful having an extra pair of hands to look after young children, and you can feel especially at ease when they’re people you know, love and trust. Grandparents are the perfect babysitters - they know your children, they’re available 24/7 and they’re free! Whilst they’re enjoying spoiling the little ones, you can take some precious time alone with your other half with a much-deserved, guilt-free romantic dinner out, complete with an abundance of delicious French wine and cheese! It’s a win-win situation.
New experiences to share. Multi-generational holidays can be full of really special experiences; staying in a beautiful location with stunning vistas and thrill-inducing activities allows you to reconnect and make moments that can be cherished.
Home from home accommodation. Catered chalets and self-catered apartments are the ideal base for larger groups, and you can enjoy sharing the space exclusively with your loved ones. Catered chalets remove all the hassle for mums and dads; chalet hosts cook up breakfast, afternoon tea and hearty evening meals, and are on hand to help zip up little ski jackets in time for ski school. Meanwhile, those looking for added flexibility and independence can choose to stay in a self-catered apartment; there’s more opportunity to spoil yourselves and sample the local restaurants, or you can share the cooking between you!
Cut the cost. Holidays can cost less when you’re in a larger group. Split the cost of accommodation, transfers and food for an all-round cheaper holiday, and enjoy group discounts available on local activities. You can also halve or even remove childcare costs altogether!
Slope thrills. The vast ski areas of the French Alps are a mecca for active families. There are beautifully maintained pistes to suit all abilities, whether it’s your first time snowboarding or your 100th time on skis, and keep even the most restless occupied. You might even find some undiscovered talents - whether your kids take to the snow quickly and have to be moved to the next class up in ski school, or you find out that grandad used to be quite the skier in his heyday as he zips past you!
Keep the kids entertained. If you tend to find that when the holidays come, the kids start bouncing off the walls in excitement, raring to try every activity available, then skiing is the perfect option. They love taking lessons outside the classroom at ski school, where they can improve their ability on the slopes whilst having endless fun with other adventurous children. Whilst they’re kept occupied, the older generations can enjoy some peaceful, adult-only time together.
It’s not all about the ski. When picturing the mountains in winter, it’s easy for non-skiers to feel as though it’s not for them, but for those members of the family who’d prefer not to don a pair of skis or a snowboard, there are plenty of other options. Think sledging, swimming, ice-skating, ice hockey… the list goes on. And if the grandparents would prefer to take it easy while others are hitting the slopes, the towns and villages of the French Alps are always a hive of activity during the winter season with local markets and charming boutiques to explore, as well as convenient buses to other locations. They can also take the gondola up the mountain to meet the family for lunch, or relish tradition with a tour in a horse drawn carriage.
Memories to treasure. A multi-generational holiday is the perfect opportunity to build that family photo album and keep the memories alive long after the holiday’s over. A winter holiday is something that the kids won’t be able to stop talking about, and what’s better than involving the whole family? Don’t forget your camera for those mountain-top photo opportunities!
Try something different. The summer holidays are a popular time to get together with loved ones at BBQs, picnics and weddings, but when September arrives there’s no need to say goodbye to your extended family for another year. As we’ve revealed, the French Alps can make for the perfect destination for a multi-generational holiday. They’re not far away either; Morzine, for example, is one of the most accessible ski resorts from the UK at approximately 1hr 15mins from Geneva Airport by car, and is nestled in the heart of the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area.
More Mountain, an independent chalet company offering laid-back luxury in the charming town of Morzine, welcomes multi-generational groups to its portfolio of 31 stylish and contemporary catered chalets and self-catered apartments that encompass a home vibe with the benefits of five star accommodation. More Mountain provides a personalised holiday experience, and every guest can count on the company’s experienced in-resort team for the best advice on local activities and services to suit their preferences and needs, from babysitters and in-chalet daytime child carers, to picturesque local walks for grandma and grandad.
The friendly chalet hosts of all of More Mountain’s catered chalets provide a daily flexible transfer service to and from the slopes - ideal for getting to ski school on time and catching the first lifts, then getting hungry and tired kids back to the chalet at the end of the day for a slice of cake and a hug from granny! There’s no need for weary feet to walk anywhere in those heavy ski boots. Healthy kids’ teas are freshly cooked on-site and can be served in the early evening, allowing mum to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine. The kids are off to bed and sleeping soundly by the time mum, dad and the grandparents settle down for a delicious three-course dinner at 8pm.
One mountain retreat joining More Mountain’s collection of accommodation offerings for winter 2017-18 is Chalet JJ - a luxury five-bedroom chalet. Comfortably sleeping up to 10 people, this catered chalet is a great choice for families looking for an up-market retreat within walking distance of central Morzine. Guests can enjoy stunning mountain views from the large terrace which features a BBQ and outdoor hot tub, or seek respite from the cold with the warming stove, and enjoy entertainment from the chalet’s board games, games console, UK TV with Netflix, SONOS sound system and free wifi.
More Mountain provides free high chairs and travel cots, in addition to baby starter packs with essentials including nappies and wipes, covering all bases for its youngest guests.
Chalet JJ is available from £699 per person, per week;
groups taking the whole chalet get the 10th place free!
Bring the whole family together this winter with More Mountain.
For more information or to book, visit www.moremountain.com.
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