Well, we’re back from our Christmas skiing holiday. You may be glad to read this will be the last post about skiing for a while as on the second day of our holiday, I injured my knee and have been told by the physio that I shouldn’t ski till March. The most frustrating thing about this is I wasn’t even skiing when I slipped on ice and my knee twisted awkwardly when I fell. Still, on the plus side my injury is not too bad, I have 15 physio sessions lined up thanks to the excellent French health service and so I am trying to be brave and not spoilt about it as in the scheme of things, it really isn’t so bad.
So enough of my knee. Other than that, it was an excellent holiday. I have already bored on about why I think skiing is an excellent family holiday both on this blog and on Parentdish UK recently but I wanted to post about why Les Coches is particularly good. It’s a smallish resort with a villagey feel and pedestrianised centre so it’s safe for children to wander about, but it’s also part of the vast Paradiski ski area so there’s over 400 km of pistes and two glaciers so there’s always snow somewhere.
Other points in its favour are that the drive up isn’t too hairy compared to many resorts and if you don’t fancy flying or driving, Eurostar goes all the way to Bourg St Maurice, about 20 minutes away, non-stop from London.
The resort puts on kids’ activities throughout the season including free old-fashioned games in the square. I’ve written recently on Ready for Ten about why I enjoy spending Christmas away from home, and for me, little is more Christmassy than the torchlit descent in Les Coches on Christmas Eve. The resort’s ski instructors make a slow descent down the lower slopes carrying flambeaux, while the children (including Toby) follow with flambeaux-shaped flashing torches – it’s so pretty. Then Santa arrives on his sleigh pulled by donkeys and hands out sweets (or clementines this year – must be feeling health conscious) while he is mobbed by the kids and their parents are offered free mulled wine or hot chocolate.