Take the grandparents
Posted on 22nd Aug 2017
For some families, a ski holiday may be all about packing in maximum slope time, but it’s worth bearing in mind that a trip to the mountains may also be a fantastic holiday experience for the older family members too.
Spectacular scenery, clear mountain air, historic sites, culture, gastronomy, and shopping can all be a part of the trip, making it very tempting indeed to many a granny and grandad and it also potentially means a spare pair of hands to help with the kids!
Here are a few suggestions to help you tempt the older generation into coming too:
For the lovers of history and culture
With the medieval fortress town of Briancon a short bus ride away, Montgenvre is an ideal resort for non-skiers. You can visit Briancons stunning heritage site, famed for its walled town with cobbled streets and packed with French boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Local dishes are served alongside Italian specialties in the restaurants and the vintage poster shop sells some really charming artwork.
A day trip to the city of Turin from Montgenvre is also a really easy option by train from Oulx which is a short taxi ride from the resort. The impressive architecture of the ‘Mole’ houses the museum of film which also has a spectacular lift system which takes you up to the roof to enjoy the incredible views of the city and the mountain backdrop beyond. The bustling city is also famed for its cuisine, opera, shops and markets and the museum housing the Turin shroud.
For the lovers of Gastronomy
If the grandparents are big fans of gastronomy they will be in their element in Ciasa Salares in the Dolomites. Their world renowned restaurant offers fine dining, a fondue room as well as a chocolate room offering over 40 different varieties. The Dolomites region is very proud of its cuisine and there are several Michelin starred restaurants to choose from. It’s also worth exploring the trattorias popular with the locals for the best local dishes and many of the markets offer some amazing local produce.
For the lovers of spas
For a truly relaxing and invigorating trip to the mountains, Tots Too recommend the Hotel and Spa Carinzia in the Karnten region of Austria. The hotel offers a large selection of spa treatments and some lovely facilities in the Acquapura Spa. Austrian herbal infused steam rooms are wonderfully invigorating plus there are also two pools both indoor and outdoor. This part of Austria also boasts lakes and castles so altogether an excellent way to spend a week away.
For the shoppers
Courchevel is the place to be in the Alps if you are looking for Bond Street sur neige. This is a mecca for designer boutiques, a place to pick up your diamond encrusted skis or do some celeb spotting. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Fendi all have shops in the resort.
For those with a slightly more modest budget, Samoens offers some lovely artisan shops with its thriving local crafts scene. Locally made textiles and leather goods are available together with lovely local food produce.
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