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Leaving the kids with grandparents to get a few days skiing?

While the promises of long weekends away seem so tangible for couples with families, Ski Weekends are also acknowledging the rise of the ‘K.A.G.G.S.’ (Kids At Grandparents, Gone Skiing!), the mid-week traveller with a few days to hit the slopes in a big way whilst the grandparents look after the offspring. 

Lots of grandparents love their grand children but find the weekend a little bit too much to cope with when the kids need to be entertained, so the chance to escape at a less frantic time for the Wrinklies is a blessing.

Ski Weekends has been very busy with new properties this season, with stunning new chalets in Les Menuires and Courchevel 1650, and a multitude of hotels to suit everyone’s needs, from the mid-weekers to the weekenders. There are 25 new 4&5* hotels on the Ski Weekends books too.

All the hotels are available on a new tailor-made basis, where there is a minimum stay of three nights, and all bookings come with an optional private transfer to and from the airport, adding a new dimension of flexibility to any ski holiday.

The brand new four-star Hotel L’Héliopic in Chamonix for example (opened in December) is offering a breath of fresh air with its contemporary design and some incredible facilities; including a Jacuzzi overlooking Mont Blanc, pool, treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, bagna and even an ice grotto, making anyone’s stay entirely unforgettable. Set right by the Aiguille du Midi lift and just a short walk from the centre of town, Hotel L’Héliopic  also contains its own ski shop, and a take-away restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on-the-go, so you’ll never be left in the lurch. In the evenings, guests can enjoy a ‘Mountain Retro Chic’ experience in the hotel’s restaurant that caters exclusively for its guests, offering an expertly blended menu of traditional and modern cuisine. Prices start from £452 mid-week based on two sharing, and include flights and transfers on a half-board basis.

The Koh-I Nor is another brand new property, set to be Europe’s highest 5* hotel, sitting at 2,364m and offering incomparable views of Val Thorens and the surrounding landscape, with natural light flooding in and a south-west facing panoramic terrace. The hotel is close to the town’s bars and restaurants and offers a new level of ski-in, ski-out, with 63 luxurious rooms and suites to suit everyone’s tastes, each with a balcony boasting views of the valleys and peaks. There are two fabulous restaurants in the hotel itself, one a luxury brasserie, the other offering an impeccable range of international dishes, as well as a cosy lounge bar, complete with roaring fire, perfect for unwinding after a long day on the piste. The in-hotel Spa offers two swimming pools, a hamman, sauna, Jacuzzi, salt way, solarium, ice fountain and a fitness room, so there’s plenty to keep you pampered throughout your stay. Guests also have the luxury of the ski shop and shuttle service, so everything is always on your doorstep. Prices start from £848 based on two sharing, and include flights, transfers and 4 nights on half-board.

For those looking for a chalet host to look after them for their stay, the newly refurbished, ski-in/ski-out Chalet Sapinière, is the epitome of a quintessential Alpine chalet, with the availability of a spa, which includes a sauna, hammam, and Jacuzzi. Set in a little hamlet beside Les Menuires and sleeping 12 and spanning over three floors, four of the six rooms also boast balconies that give you access to beautiful mountain views. The chalet provides the perfect cosy atmosphere, with a comforting fire place in the living room to curl up by after a hard day on the slopes. Prices start from £335pp based on two sharing for a mid-week break, and includes flights, transfers and half-board accommodation.

Meanwhile just over the valley in Courchevel 1650 sits Chalet Emily, situated in a small hamlet not far from the centre, where the slopes and nearest ski lift are just 250m away. Calming and tranquil, the traditional Savoyard chalet offers stunning views spread over three floors and sleeps 8-10 people. As part of a complex, the chalet also has access to a spa, housing a sauna, hamman and Jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing tired bodies, before settling in front of the open fireplace before a hearty meal provided by the chalet host. Prices start from £375pp based on two sharing for four nights, and it includes half-board accommodation, flights and transfers.

Private Transfers: Ski Weekends have also introduced the option of private transfers to and from airports, pre-bookable on the website for a supplement charge, giving groups and travellers more flexible transfer times and the comfort in knowing exactly when they will be travelling to and from the resort. The private transfers can be either by coach, mini-bus or train, and are currently available as part of the flight package.

Airports: Ski Weekends now also fly from Southampton and Southend which brings its total to 17 airports flying from the UK. Both airports offer the option of flying to Geneva, and will increase accessibility for Ski Weekend customers greatly, especially in the South/South East travelling to France, Italy and Switzerland.

Visit or call 02380 206 971 for help finding the perfect ski holiday.

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Leaving the kids with grandparents to get a few days skiing?