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School Notices termly magaine - winter 2015

HOLIDAYS & RENTALS

HOLIDAYS & RENTALS KESTREL TRAVEL CONSULTANCY TOP TIPS TO SURVIVE & ENJOY YOUR FAMILY SKIING HOLIDAY HOLIDAYS & RENTALS by James Palmer-Tomkinson founders of PT Ski LUXURY VILLAS FROM MONACO TO ST TROPEZ Kestrel Travel offer the most exclusive rental villas on the French Riviera, with over 300 properties between Monaco, St. Tropez and Provence, ranging in price from €4,000 to €100,000 per week. Our clients receive a 5 star hotel experience whilst in the privacy of their own villa courtesy of the complimentary service provided by our onsite concierge, “Black Label Concierge”, with offices in Nice and St Tropez. We have been operating for over 20 years and would be delighted to help you find a luxury villa of your dreams. Contact 44 (0) 1672 520651, info@kestreltravel.com, www.kestreltravel.com There is nothing like a skiing holiday! There is something for everyone in the snow. The exercise and fun gives a healthy glow to even the most pallid cheeks and replaces the ever present lure of the iPad. However, as a parent, one can often feel a ski holiday is more of a marathon than a rest. Just deciding where to go can seem a daunting task. The biggest question, especially at Easter, is will there be enough snow? Don’t be fixated by the height of the resort but look at the snow record, which is much more reliable. For children a small resort offers the chance to be a bit more independent. For teenagers it’s important to have a couple of bars where they can meet friends. Whilst the big name resorts have great boasting potential they can often have too much apres ski on offer! Consider options beyond the bars – is there sledging, floodlit ice-skating, a swimming pool? The biggest challenge with a ski holiday is trying to keep everyone happy. For children the most important thing is to make it FUN. This usually involves being with other children to joke on the chairlift and compete to make the world’s best snowman. Also bear in mind that children need to speak a common language to find a partner in crime or fellow snowball fighter. It’s miserable being the only English speaking child in a class full of Germans! Naturally, it’s important for children to be taught well and unless the teacher inspires them and makes it fun, they tend to want to ski with their parents. Great though that might be, they won’t necessarily make progress. Synchronised skiing competitions and slalom training are great ways to learn control and precision. Jumps can improve balance as can skiing off piste. Making videos can help children to see how their skiing looks and show them where to improve. Skiing with other children gives them healthy competition as well as a lot of banter and after-skiing entertainment. Finally, one must get the kit right. A snood is essential (whether cold or sunny) and two pairs of gloves or mittens are a must. Give small children mittens on a string so they don’t lose them. Make sure ski socks fit well and boots are properly done up. Pocket sized sun cream is useful as is an easily accessible energy packed snack. All-in-one ski suits and salopettes with braces can make loo breaks a challenge and trousers must go OUTSIDE boots to stop snow getting in! Always dress to be warm as there’s nothing worse than being cold on the mountain and no quicker way to put a child off. Finally a large glass of schnapps is a must at the end of the day! 18 www.schoolnotices.co.uk tel: 020 7736 5557 email: info@ptski.com www.ptski.com www.schoolnotices.co.uk 19

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