Top tips for skiing with children

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1.       Especially if the little ones are catching their first glimpses of snow, we think it’s all about getting them to love the white, fluffy stuff, so they’ll be wanting to come back again and again. Sometimes they’ll prefer sledging, making snow angels or snowball fights. Other times, they’ll be hurtling themselves down the mountain like a championship skier. Progress really is on an individual basis, depending on the child. Ski Schools are a great way to encourage this development, and TG Ski can help you book your lessons; please just ask.

2.       Layer up! Make sure everyone keeps nice and toastie by layering clothes, so kids can take things off if they’re hot, but also ensuring they don’t get cold. Although if anyone’s really chilly, head back to the chalet and warm up by the log fires or in the hot tub!

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3.       Encourage hot chocolate breaks! It’s also a chance for you to grab a cheeky mulled wine, but means the kids can thaw out, dry off and rest their legs. Really important if they’re going to last all week! Or recharge with our delicious afternoon teas in the chalets, which our staff will have prepared for you whilst you’ve been out on the slopes.

4.       On that note, make sure they’ve got enough energy. Our chefs will tailor their menus according to your group’s requirements, to ensure the little guys have full bellies all week, as well as gourmet food for the adults. Fussy eater? We’ve got it covered! Speak to our Concierge Team in advance, and our chefs will liaise with you at the start of your week. If the kids are happy, the parents can enjoy their food, guilt-free!

5.       Kids love adventure, so tree runs, jumps and bumps are always top of their lists. Ask our experienced team and we will happily share our favourite ski secrets. We can organise your lift passes so they’re waiting for you in your chalet, getting you the best deals with family or children’s passes, passing on any savings directly to you. Just speak to a member of our concierge team.

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6.       For any tiny tots, we can supply cots, highchairs, bed guards and bottle sterilisers to make sure you’ve got what you need. Please speak to us about any additional requirements; we’re happy to help as our team know what it’s like to travel with little children! Hence why we supply complimentary nappies and baby wipes, to save on precious luggage space. We can also source local nannies to come to your chalet, or the highly recommended local creche if required.

7.       The kids will be better skiers than you in no time. Unfortunately, this is something you may just have to accept! And if the ski bug has been caught, you can prepare yourselves for this becoming an annual trip, with little ones begging you to come back. No problem… we offer TG Ski returning guests a 10% discount if you book for next season!   

Interview with Winter Olympic medal hopeful, British slalom star Dave Ryding

With UK Sport building upon its successes in recent years, this coming Winter Olympics in South Korea could be one to watch! Investment into Team GB has led to some great progression over the last four years. There are high hopes for medals; one of whom is slalom skier, Dave Ryding, who took a fantastic podium finish of 2nd at the Kitzbuhel World Cup Slalom in January 2017. Admitting that crisps are his guilty pleasure, and that he likes his French crepes with ‘sucre citroen’ topping, Dave took a few minutes away from his busy training schedule to talk to us:

*Amazing result for you in Kitzbuhel this year. How did it feel? Kitzbuhel was a crazy day, I will never replicate that feeling of getting my first podium unless I win one I guess... It was a whole different level media wise, interest in my story and where I have come from, and the pressure of the difficult piste was crazy.

* Favourite ski resort: Hinterstoder, Austria is my personal favourite... it’s not the biggest but has everything and it is perfect for the family.

* Top tips for new skiers: Get some Fischer skis and enjoy the mountains!

* Do you have a pre-race routine? No routine other than my warm up and focus on controlling my breathing

* Pre-race meal: whatever is in the athlete hospitality and a good whole breakfast

* It’s your third Olympics how are you feeling about it in general? And how do you feel about your chances? I will focus on the Olympics when the time comes, my chances all depend on how I’m skiing on the World Cup first.

*  You must spend a lot of time travelling, what are your travel essentials that you can’t do without? eye mask and ear plugs.... I can’t get by without my sleep

* What have you been doing this summer? A hell of a lot of training as I always do... when I stop skiing then I will have time to do other things I guess, but for now I’m all in.

* Ski resort you’d like to visit? I would like to see a bit more of the American ones... but I have jet lag so maybe I will leave them.

* What’s on your Christmas list? some good ski form for January... it’s a hectic month!

* If you hadn’t been a race skier, what do you think you’d have been? I love sport so I would like to think doing another sport... I had a teacher in mind when I was younger also.

 

All of us at TG Ski wish Dave the best of luck for his Olympic campaign. He’ll undoubtedly be an inspiration to the next generation of slalom skiers. Go Dave!

If all this talk of skiing leaves you itching to book a trip out to the Alps, please get in touch with our team to experience it for yourselves. You never know, one of your group may be a future Olympian in the making! At TG Ski, we offer catered chalet holidays with the emphasis on exceptional quality service, in beautifully presented luxury chalets, with exquisite food. Come and get exited about snowsports with us!

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LUXURY SKI CHALET WITH TG SKI

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LUXURY SKI CHALET WITH TG SKI

I loved the care and professionalism of the staff. Skiing can be daunting when you are a beginner, so it was wonderful to have experienced staff on hand to really look after everything, give you lots of individual attention and to advise you. But it goes beyond that, I felt really looked after and cared for.

Meet this year's resort team

People are the foundation of our brand. It’s been a summer filled with Skype calls and lots of Facetime, and with special thanks to some loyal returning staff, we are excited to be putting the finishing touches to our TG Ski Team this winter. We know that recruiting the best staff is crucial to our goals, of creating the best possible experience for our clients. We genuinely care about getting it right, as we want our Chalet Chefs, Hosts and Drivers to be a true reflection of the unrivalled service that TG Ski offer. So we look forward to welcoming the new team to resort and helping them settle in, in time to welcome our guests to their beautiful chalets.

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Thanks to all who have applied. We had some great applicants who, due to demand, we weren’t able to place, but thank you for your time to everyone who wanted to join our team. To anyone who’s thinking about a season in future… please get in touch. There’s sometimes drop outs during the season due to injury, or it’s never too early to start thinking about next year!

Career swaps

Considering the amount of time you spend in work, I didn’t want to be in a job which didn’t reflect the real ‘me’. I wanted to be part of something that I really believed in. This meant swapping my comfy finance job and commute of less than a mile, and I don’t regret it for a second!

When TG Ski was being formed in 2004, I was off doing my first ski season as a Ski Instructor in Canada, and fell in love with the mountains. Having skied in my childhood, this was my dream. Fast forward through University (where I spent more time in the Alps than the library), I graduated with a Business Degree, and couldn’t get fast enough back to the snow. Much to the dismay of University friends, who thought I should be applying for a ‘proper’ job…. But I knew that wasn’t for me.

Six ski seasons and many air miles later, after following the winter in Canada, Australia and Japan, I thought it was time to return home. Somehow life got in the way and I got stuck in 9-5 finance jobs, until this perfect opportunity came up. Working for a company who value exceptional service, and genuinely care about not only meeting guests’ needs, but exceeding expectations. So here I am. Delighted to be thinking all things TG Ski. And so far, it’s everything I’d hoped it would be.

I look forward to helping you with any aspect of your upcoming ski holiday, and welcoming you to our beautiful chalets in the French Alps this winter.

Roz

Christmas Ski Offers

We are delighted to give you a sneak preview of our Christmas offers that will going live on our website over the weekend. With only 87 days until Father Christmas comes down our chimneys, what better present to give your nearest and dearest this year than a snowy Christmas in the Alps.

New Chalet - Chalet Les Pierrys

New Chalet - Chalet Les Pierrys
“It’s integral that every single chalet which forms part of the TG Ski portfolio provides guests with the highest standard of service. Whilst most visitors to Morzine are keen to hit the slopes, we want our guests to be just as excited to spend time relaxing and unwinding in their private holiday retreat.”

Tom Marley-Shaw, TG Ski Director