How to ski with a toddler….#babydestinations

Ok, so I’ll make it clear from the start. We didn’t put Little PB in a set of skis and send him off down the mountain.

Having not skied since before Little PB entered the world, I was very eager to get back out on the slopes. Verbier, Switzerland here we come!

We booked flights to Geneva with British Airways – our go-to airline. Their customer service is always fantastic and the facilities when you have a little one in tow are very beneficial.

We opted for club Europe seats for guaranteed space as well as access to their club lounge which was great for feeding Little PB lunch before the flight and enabled him to burn off some energy watching planes. The lounge also has a dedicated children’s play area which is very convenient.

A short walk to the gate, we had priority boarding and left the buggy at the plane door for collection via the baggage carousel in Geneva – so easy.
The 2 hour flight flew by (excuse the pun, it had to be done!). A set of baby headphones and plenty of Thomas the Tank Engine downloaded on the iPad (guided access turned on of course) kept Little PB engaged. I would recommend encouraging the little one to have a drink or use a dummy to ensure their ears adjust to the change in air pressure – ear popping is not pleasant for adults as well as babies.

We picked up a hire car and car seat at Geneva airport. I must pre warn you that the drive from Geneva to Verbier can be as long as 3 hours so ensure you have enough snacks and entertainment for the drive.

I’m fortunate to have family in Verbier so was able to stay with them. Accommodation is expensive during the ski season so don’t be surprised if you have to stay outside the village and drive in each morning. Furthermore, parking can be challenge so worth considering parking by the station at the bottom of the mountain and jumping on the cable car. Avoids the winding road and gives you some spectacular views along the way.

We hired our skis, boots and helmets from Mountain Air. The best place to hire from by far – excellent customer service and certainly the most pleasant environment I’ve rented skis from in the past! More like a designer store. 
We organised a Petit Verbier nanny in advance of our trip. I can’t recommend this service enough. Fully qualified nannies who go above and beyond with activities in the snow and rides on the free bus to visit the duck pond.

We met our ski instructor supplied by ES Snowsports outside Mountain Air and were escorted up the mountain and even though I fell over more than I would like to share, it was great to be back on skis whizzing down the mountain.


A family lunch back at Le Bec bought our morning ski to a close but it was certainly worth all the effort in organising.

To comfort those that don’t ski, the après ski is a great way to explore the mountain and Verbier village. After lunch, we bundled Little PB into the buggy for nap time and wandered past a wide range of boutiques, cafes and bars. 

Settling on a bar with a view, with a sleeping baby, Mr PB and I enjoyed a café noir and hot chocolate soaking up the glorious sunshine.

We rounded the day off with a family sledging session – hiring a sledge and baby goggles from Mountain Air, we headed on the free bus to the nursery slopes that has a dedicated sledging area. With a space for Mr PB and Little PB securely strapped in, there were plenty of giggles and smiles.

This day by far exceeded my expectations of what skiing with a toddler is like and I would certainly recommend that you give it a go – the key is to prepare and organise your day.


To be continued…..

x PB x

 

Adding a flourish of Winter style

I love living in the Countryside watching the seasons change – from the fresh green leaves that appear on the trees in Spring, the bright sunshine yellow of the corn fields in Summer, the fiery red of crisp Autumn leaves and the frosted mornings in Winter.

Although it has been unseasonably mild so far in my little village, I still embrace my seasonal living and have changed up my Autumn displays for some sparkly and festive decorations.

I’m not able to go full out with Christmas decorations as its Mr PB’s birthday in December – if I had my way, the tree would be up on December 1st……between you and me, I’ve been listening to Christmas songs on the quiet since the beginning of November.

However, adding a flourish of Winter style feels more appropriate when we open the first window on our Advent Calendar.

My greatest hack this year as been the coffee table display – a wreath purchased from TKMaxx (surprise, surprise) with a small centre which fits this hurricane vase with complimenting gold candle. A perfect centrepiece requiring little work from you but still draws the eye.

 

20151207_160551967_iOS20151207_160639975_iOSSomething that does require my creative flair is my main wreath. Soon becoming a Christmas tradition, a fabulous friend of mine hosts a wreath making class at the beginning of December. Run by a very inspirational florist called Lynsey from The White Horse Company, she takes us through step by step in creating the most beautiful wreaths. You certainly don’t need to have any knowledge other than a keenness to create….and here is this years end result! Using a base of pine fur, I gradually built height using a variety of green foliage. Two dried hydrangea heads draw your eye with a splash of colour from some thistle and japonica. The bow completes this country wreath.

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My final Winter addition is the centrepiece on the dining room table. With artificial flowers purchased from…..you guessed it, TKMaxx, I simply applied basic floral arranging techniques of placing each piece with the vase in the centre of the table and constantly turning it, ensuring I achieved a 360degree display so that all guests get to enjoy from their seat around the table. Using bright white, rose gold, deep purple, taupe and some glittery trailing ivy, I love the variety of height and textures. The subtle sparkle glistens like fresh snow making it the perfect Winter addition to any centrepiece.

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Please share how you have added Winter style into your homes. Follow the links to the right of this blog to find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

x PB x

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