I have to admit firstly to not being much of a skier. But I have an extremely sporty 9 YO who has been nagging me for years to go skiing. So, finally we did it.
I chose Meribel as it was a traditional pretty resort with lots to do for all levels of skiers as well as plenty for non-skiers (in case after day 1 I 'flunked out' of ski school). Both my 9 YO and 5 YO and myself were booked into Magic Ski school for the week. It was the recommended school by Mark Warner and the nannies in the hotel took the children to their lessons and picked them up - freeing up us, the parents, to do our own thing- which was mainly skiiing, but sometimes just drinking hot chocolate in the fab bar area and watching the more energetic skiers zoom past the hotel on their way down the mountain. The ski school was really impressive and made full use of the very clever variety of family friendly pistes in the Meribel valley and beyond in Courchevel. I really couldn't fault Magic (which was suitably age-appropriate) and all instructors were of course English Speaking. The Mark Warner nannies (and mannies!) were amazing and that really made the holiday perfect for us all, both kids loved the kids club filling their days with ski lessons, igloo making, sledging, crepe eating and snowman crafting. Evenings were spent leisurely eating our way through some very good food (and wine!) while the kids snuggled down for movie nights with their friends. Meribel was easy to get around with the free Meribus and one the hotel night out (all hotels and chalets have one night off for the staff) we had the most amazing, enormous pizzas in L'Igloo, a restaurant with an igloo crafted in the middle - which the children thought was 'sick'!
All in all this really felt like a life changing holiday for us all - the children adored being in the snow and took every opportunity, in knee deep powder snow, to make snow angels as well as generally throw themselves into every pile of untouched snow they could find. My 9 YO has fallen head over skis for the sport, and I know he will remember this trip forever. The 5YO was less convinced and speaking to other parents there, others agreed that 5 is still young to start skiing for many kids, and that 6 is a much better time to start - but that would probably depend on how sporty the child is I think. I can't imagine skiing again without the Mark Warner childcare team on hand to enable each and every member of the family to make the most of their time in the snow - which is really what you want. It really was great.
If I had one area they could still improve on it would be to freshen up some of the rooms (I think some have already been done). But really that's just me being super-picky as the rooms and communal areas were always spotless, warm, very comfy beds with nice heavy cotton bedding, and everyone there really was helpful and super-friendly. A lick of paint here and there and this place would be impossible to beat. Which would probably make it impossible to book of course. Oh Well.
I was picked by MNHQ to review this holiday, which I received for free. This review is in my own words and reflects my true opinion.