As we travel to ski..( it’s all planes, trains and automobiles for us).. I have become a whiz when it comes to entertaining children in transit. One of my new favourites are these placemats by Marielle Bazard that you can colour in with special washable fabric pens… and then throw in the wash, and start over again. In many restaurants these days (and especially those in ski resorts) colouring supplies are often on hand to keep little guests busy while dining, but in “grown-up” restaurants, or on a plane, in an airport, or anywhere else you need a diversion, these placemats are a terrific and creative activity.
An added bonus.. as they are designed in France…. captions are en Francais! Could be a great stocking stuffer for the young traveller in your life.
Today it is FREEZING in Sydney.. I had already packed up my Winter Woollens, so had to retrieve some of my fave apres-ski pieces Banjo and Matilda sweater.. layered up with a Little Joe NY Gilet.. as it is bucketing down with rain too… I pulled out the Hunter Wellies too!! Oh and a black Fedora as I HATE umbrella’s… seriously- dislike them intensely.
Fancy a white Christmas??? Snowy peaks, hot chocolates and snowmen??? Aspen Snowmass are celebrating the festive season for Ski Families! If you book by November 2013, children (aged 7-12) will ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket, rent free with purchase of an adult equipment rental and stay free. Seriously good value for a little festive fun. The offer is valid December 20-25, 2013.
Kids also eat lunch free with a comparable adult purchase at select on-mountain restaurants- and my children eat A LOT when skiing.. so this is an awesome offer!
If your plans are for a Spring ski vacation, Aspen Snowmass also have a terrific deal for March and April- purchase lodging and 3+ day adult lift ticket and your kids will ski and stay for free. Includes equipment rentals with comparable adult package. Book by February 28, 2014 (for March); March 24, 2014 (for April): Valid March 8 – April 20, 2014.
Deals like this make it MUCH easier for families to get on the slopes and experience a ski and boarding vacation.
Please note you must book through Stay Aspen/Snowmass
Photo credit: Aspen Snowmass Facebook
Hola Snow lovers!! I’ve been a little MIA recently… lots of “Behind-the-Scene” action going on at ski-team HQ.. which has meant that the blog has been a little neglected. BUT I promise your regular scheduled ski related posts will be back! I’ve got a few great ones lined up. I have some non-ski-obsessed friends asking “What do I wear???” so I will be posting about my fave ski layers- the non-glam, practical stuff- the thermals and layers tomorrow… Hope all the Northern Hemisphere ski-mama’s are enjoying the Summer break and my Southern Hemisphere Mama’s are getting back into the third school term!! Ski-on!!
Confession- my fitness levels vary hugely depending on 1) Day to Day work/life and 2) What holidays are coming up. Usually alarm bells ring when my jeans are getting tight. In an ideal world, I’m active every day- walking, yoga, pilates or a fitness class of some description- usually outdoors, but sometimes life gets in the way and my fitness takes a back seat. As most of our holidays are fairly active and often at altitude, staying relatively fit is a big deal and a huge part of actually really enjoying a holiday- especially a skiing one.
With the Australian and New Zealand ski season fast approaching (Whoo-hoo!) I’ve decided to kick up my fitness to get fit to ski and do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I’ve done this program before and really like it for several reasons:
- It is fast (takes less than 30 minutes to complete)
- It involves simple exercises (lunges, ab work, basic weight moves) so you can concentrate on correct form
- I can do it at home
- It WORKS- I never thought an at home video would really make me sweat.. and it does
I usually try to mix in a yoga class and walks too while I’m doing the program just to make sure I’m really pushing myself. I also feel more motivated when I’m doing the program to eat extra well. I tend to eat well generally but DO indulge my shocking sweet tooth and fondness for vino and a G’n'T and doing the “shred” makes me think more carefully about food choices.
So, I am tweeting my workouts everyday- it is one way to keep accountable! And I shall share some healthy recipes, and pre-ski fitness tips from experts (like these from our friends at Athleta) while we countdown to the start of the season.
Have you done the 30 Day Shred before?? How do you get fit to ski or board?? I’d love to hear!