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Paralympics in Pyeongchang


The South Korea Olympics has had us glued to our seats, whether it's the frighteningly fast luge or the slalom skiing which we excitedly cheered Team GB’s Dave Ryding into 9th place. The increasing popularity of the Paralympics which starts today shows what advances have been made in making snowsports more accessible for everyone, regardless of disability. The courage and sheer perseverance of the Paralympians is so impressive, and should be a reminder of the efforts involved by these tremendous athletes – which extends to whether they are professional Paralympians or those participating on a recreational basis. Imagine being able to ski blind, like those with visual impairments who ski with a guide, or those with limb-impairments pushing the boundaries of what’s ‘possible’. They act as a great source of inspiration, so the Paralympics is definitely worth a watch. Team GB is aiming for its biggest medal haul, and we’ll be keeping an eye on their progress.

Snowsports has come a long way in trying to increase accessibility to anyone who wants to enjoy it. Several charities and organisations now operate adaptive programmes with specialist knowledge and experience so they are better equipped to welcome disabled guests. Research done initially through the charity Scope in the 1970s showed the benefits of skiing in enhancing co-ordination, balance and self-awareness of those with cerebral palsy. This has continued with charities such as Disability Snowsport UK set up to encourage participation in snowsports. Incentives are available in resorts, such as the Portes Du Soleil offering a reduced-price lift pass for those with a disability (with sufficient proof from a UK doctor and disabled badge).

At TG Ski we can help to accommodate requests for guests with disabilities. Whether it’s our Chalet Les Pierrys having lift access to all floors, which is incredibly helpful for those with reduced mobility, and a bathroom with wider doors to allow access for a wheelchair. Or our links with recommended ski schools, some of whom have specially trained Adaptive Instructors, who cater for those with either physical disabilities, or learning difficulties and sensory impairment. First-hand, our team has experience working as part of the adaptive ski programme. We know the chalet holiday experience should be for the whole family, regardless of any disability. Speak to us for further information - we’re really happy to assist where we can, or to make enquiries on your behalf.

Top tips for skiing with children


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!


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.


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!