Last New Years Eve we made the gargantuan decision to head for the Alps this Winter for a FAMILY SKI SEASON. With the onset of October, we’ve said adios to Summer and are rapidly ramping up Winter preparations. So why did we decide to do it, what does it involve and could you do it too?
With the explosion of working remotely, the dream of a family ski season can become reality
Gnawing at the back of our minds for many months of 2015 was the knowledge that a pre-longed stay in a ski resort could potentially change the life of our 5-year old daughter.
Bo, born pre-term, has mild cerebral palsy. Returning from annual ski holidays, her physios have, for the last two years, remarked on how incredible skiing is for her, with the range in her legs being vastly improved after a 2-week skiing stint. Not only do ski boots lock her into the perfect position (that she currently relies on splints to do), skiing strengthens her torso, legs and increases her balance.
Would you risk losing your child's school place in return for a potentially life changing experience for her? The answer is categorically yes.
It’s a no brainer then that we, previously having done a total of 20 winter seasons between us prior to kids, would take the plunge and return to the mountains. But as easy as it is to flit off to do a ski season solo it’s a whole different ball game preparing for a family ski season. Many assume we've got pots of cash to make such a move - wrong. With lists as long as your arm, battling to keep the kid's school places open (& failing) to constant worry about money (can we really afford it?) it's a challenge to get to the start line, but as any seasoned adventurer knows the key is in the planning.
As we count down the weeks until departure, the next few blog posts will be updates from us as to how we’re getting on from moving schools and renting out our home, to practical tips on exchanging money and finding accommodation in the mountains. We'll give you the low down on preparing for a 5 month family trip away, be it a ski season, backpacking around the world or a stint in a sailboat - the preparation is all much of a muchness. As with most things, once you've made up your mind to go, you're half way there.
Could you do a family ski season? The answer is yes - if you really want to!
Next post - 5 things to consider before embarking on a 5 month family trip
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