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Winter scenes and skiing at Drouzin Le Mont. Thanks to www.drouzinlemont.com

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We have friends with young children who are keen skiers and want to go on a family ski holiday and yet don’t because they can’t see a way of doing it without a huge effort and cost.

They love the idea of their young children learning to ski when they are young and of being together as a family on the slopes as well as getting a little time for themselves amongst some fresh powder. For most it seems that it’s a long break from skiing until the kids get ‘old enough’.sledging at Drouzin le Mont

Well, if you have a young family and still want to have a winter holiday then we have some tips to help you enjoy your ski holiday that has worked for us and for many of our friends.

Team up with others, it doesn’t have to be another young family; parents and couples without children often help calm, balance and support the whole group.

Choose a family friendly resort, such as Drouzin Le Mont where your accommodation is very close to the nursery area, ski school and the ski lifts. Once young children have had enough, it is best to get back quickly to some where which is warm and comfortable (a hot chocolate in the local restaurant does wonders)

Choose a family friendly resort that is not over crowded, where your children have all they freedom they want and you can easily keep track of them.

Young children benefit from being familiar with an area and skiing the same runs repeatedly, so a large resort with loads of red and black runs are best kept for those days off. Choose a compact resort with a variety of runs that will aid progression. We recommend Drouzin Le Mont and other family friendly resorts close by such as Abondance for beginners and intermediates.

Book accommodation that is large enough to fit everyone comfortably or smaller accommodation for each group which is close by (preferably in the same block). So, when you want or need a day’s rest, you stay relaxed and continue to have a wonderful time.

Take turns in looking after the children while the others get to do their own thing for a few hours or even more.

And most of all: relax, chill and have fun! You are on holiday

We have had two wonderful Christmas’ holidays at Penthouse Les Iris in Drouzin Le Mont with our sister(-in-law), her husband and their three lovely, very energetic and demanding children: two boys now aged 5 and 3 and their younger 1 year old sister and some friends. We split the morning and afternoons, shared the childcare, chores and skiing.

This year, the 5-year-old got to go on the ‘big lift’ with daddy and to ski his first green run. Awesome!

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Love Skiing and Horse Riding? Can’t or don’t want to choose between them? Then you will love Ski-Joering! I saw it for the first time just before Christmas when it came to the family friendly ski resort of Drouzin Le Mont here in the Haute Savoie.

ski-joering in the Portes du Soleil, Haute SavoieWhilst the free taster sessions were mostly taken by adventurous children, you can take ski-joering up to completion level.  An ancient means of transport through out Scandinavia, it was introduced to France as a means of accessing ski areas and is now a recognised leisure sport with competitions in the Haute Savoie and beyond.

All you need is basic skis and boots (and warm clothing, gloves and hat) and you can be off along the snow-covered lanes and forest tracks. Steering and control of the horse is easy using the ridged harness and reins. You can even have two people ski-joering behind the same horse.

For those of you how do not know the area; Drouzin Le Mont independent ski resort is about an hours drive from Geneva with easy access to the Portes du Soleil.  Drouzin Le Mont is ideally suited to novice, beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as families with younger children.

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Drouzin le Mont independent ski resort has not only increased its snowmaking capacity by installing an additional 8 snow cannons this year, it has also invested in a new high tech ticketing system which includes ‘Hands-free’ lift-passes.

The ‘Hands-free’ lift pass system scans your pass and lets you through the turnstile without you having to take your gloves off, find your pass and then put it in to the slot. It means warm hands, less queuing and more time skiing.

PS. Remember Drouzin le Mont opens on 19th December 2009 for the season and the lift passes are exceptional value compared to the standard day adult lift-pass price for the Portes du Soleil. (which is almost 2.5 times as much).

Lift passes:

1 day children 14.5 €
6 days children 83 €
1 day adult 16.5 €
6 days adult 87€

Season adult 150 €
Season children 110 €

Remember: Children under 5 years old and over 70 years ski free!

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