What better to do with the kids during the school holidays than taking them skiing and what is more rewarding after being cooped up in an office, than a bit of fresh air, exercise, and family together time? The family ski holidays of my childhood certainly had a healthy influence on Mountain Xtra and the importance we place on family.
Going away on a family ski holiday always makes me think of wood fires, hot chocolate or, perhaps, mulled wine for the adults and, of course, mountain loads of snow. They remind me of my grans knitted woolly jumpers, evenings playing board games, raucous family dinners and the pride I felt at telling school friends that I’d just got back from a week skiing in the French alps.
They felt like real holidays; where ongoing feuds with my brother were put aside, I could eat fries all day and not worry, and scoot around the mountain James Bond style, with some independence from my parents.
The Portes de Soleil area is ideal for family ski, due predominantly to its immense skiable terrain, but also thanks to the efforts and focus of resorts such as Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz are putting into making their resorts as welcoming as possible. Ten years ago, the area was still little known by both Europeans and Brits, but time has moved quickly and it’s taken very little convincing for the area to stand out a one as of the best and most affordable. It fast became “the” family friendly destination to go to in Europe, which is truly confirmed now that Avoriaz, the stunning cliff top pedestrian village, has been named the worlds Best Family Resort of 2012.
What does this mean for you and your family?
The choice of holiday property rental companies in the area has increased dramatically over the last few years but few offer the flexibility, independence and one stop shop that Mountain Xtra are able to provide with such ease and professionalism, allowing you to enjoy a family holiday tailored specifically by the person who knows your family best – You.
There are many stresses that come with family holidays; that’s no great secret. For years making fun of the family holiday was a Hollywood money-maker; films enjoyed by the whole family because everyone could relate; remember the Home Alone trilogy, Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon Vacations movies or more recently Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels in R.V Vacation.
Through Mountain Xtra, you can book your rental property, organize your shared or private Transfers to and from the airport, have your family ski lift passes waiting at the chalet, erasing any need to spend that first morning in obscenely long queues and have your ski equipment hire delivered and fitted in the comfort of your own chalet, at your convenience.
These aren’t the only services we offer to help ease you into your holiday, we can even organize a pre-ordered welcome pack for those arriving late into resort, so you can enjoy your first evening relaxed, taking the time in deciding where you want to ski the following day.