Pete, Daniel and I just got back from a fantastic week of skiing in Meribel, the worlds largest skiing area. This was a long time coming and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. To give you a bit of a background – I spent 4 seasons of weekends skiing in Canada’s Rocky mountains before going back to school in Ontario, meeting my husband, moving to London, UK and having Daniel. When we started dating, Pete sat me down for a serious conversation and admitted that he didn’t ski (a younger me might have seen this as a deal-breaker). Pete promised me that we’d go skiing at some point, but when Daniel came along that seemed like an impossibility. Luckily, thanks to some other skiing enthusiasts, some careful planning, and with a larger than normal budget, Pete turned that promise into a reality.
We stayed in a chalet run by Meriski with two other couples that we met through our NCT group. The three bedroom chalet included a chalet host, a cook and two nannies to look after the babies during the day. Because the children were taken care of we were able to relax with great friends and enjoy some grown-up conversations (along with the requisite conversations about baby poo). There was even our own hot tub which was a perfect way to end the day and ease sore, long-forgotten muscles and rejuvenate them for the next day.
Many things that went into making this vacation so enjoyable, much of which was planned in advance, but even still there were a few unexpected pitfalls – I’ll get to those in later posts. In order to get 6 adults and 3 eight-month old babies to Meribel – first we took a taxi to Luton airport met the other families, then we flew Easyjet to Geneva where finally we got minivans to take us on the two-hour drive across the border into France to the Three Valley ski area near Albertville. For now I’ll focus on the short flight from London to Geneva:
Easyjet: Always check the baggage allowance – this was the first time that we weren’t given an extra carry-on luggage for Daniel, add to that the weight restrictions on the checked luggage (ski boots are heavy) the packing for this trip felt like a 3-D tetris game. We tried to pare down what we needed to an absolute minimum. Staying in a ski chalet meant we didn’t need a huge variety of clothing and we only brought one set of ski apparel for the week. That said we were all pushing the limit.
Of the three couples travelling, one couple brought a pram along, the other two used baby carriers to hold the baby. We have brought our pram with us in the past, but the chalet provided ones on the other end and we felt comfortable enough to only bring a sling. If you are bringing a pram, most airlines let you bring it to the gate (we discovered that Norwegian was one of the few airlines that make you check the pram – and our pram was damaged in the process).
When flying with a baby, the most important gear is what to bring on the plane. I discuss necessities required in the diaper bag for a seven month old here.
What adventures have you taken your baby on? Share them with us – we’d love more ideas!