I’m looking back on our skiing trip to the USA and thinking about what we will do next time.
It’s been a month or more since we returned home, and just as the jet lag was beginning to wear off, we lost another hour for British Summer Time! But hey ho, it served to remind me to let you know how it went skiing with the boys in New England.
You may recall from my previous post, one of my biggest fears was the journey, both from a ‘how to keep the boys in check’ perspective, and also from ‘how is Cal going to manage airport transits when she’s been suffering severe mobility issues?’ The latter problem was dealt with very efficiently by BA. They organised wheelchair assistance right through from Newcastle to Boston, and return. In Boston especially, the assistant was superb. On arrival he managed to expedite us through US immigration by using the diplomatic channel. Anyone who knows me well will see the irony in that!
The boys were surprisingly well behaved on the journey, even with a delay on the outward leg due to ‘snow’ at Heathrow (interestingly, there was about 3 feet of snow on the ground in Boston, but the delay was caused by a fleeting sleety shower at Heathrow…). Having a mum with a sore back really brought out a sense of responsibility in them. In fact the only fighting they did was over who was going to push the wheelchair! The other big factor was electronic gadgetry. They both had their tablets with them, and on the transatlantic flight they had the in-flight entertainment, which kept them quiet for the entire time.
The car journey the other side passed without incident, although we did notice plenty of signs advising us of a winter storm warning. Said storm arrived the following day, wiping our first day out with a couple of feet of blowing snow. From then on we had absolutely awesome skiing conditions, the best of the season.
In the meantime, we enjoyed our hotel which was a real treat. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites and found it ideal for us. It had a great pool area with slides and fountains which kept the kids entertained, and the communal areas and staff were fantastic. We were also ideally located right on the White Mountain Highway in North Conway which was among the tax free shopping outlets and a huge choice of restaurants. There is a lovely little town with more boutique shopping too.
Once we got out, it was a treat to ski with the boys. Their practice sessions on the dry slope at Sunderland had really brought them on, and they could manage most slopes without too much difficulty.
We skied several fantastic resorts when we were there
So many that I have decided to review them in a separate post to this brief report. To summarise, they were (all in New Hampshire):
Cranmore, Attitash, Bear Peak, Wildcat, and Bretton Woods.
We also got to drive around New Hampshire doing some sightseeing, and visited some old friends of ours near Littleton, where we also called at Chutters, the world’s longest candy counter.
We showed the boys the Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods, where we were married. Happy days. To top it off, we had a few spare hours to explore some of Boston before our flight.
But, the big question is, do I prefer the commercially organised family ski trip, package holiday style, or the more flexible DIY version?
What will we do next year?
Drum roll ………
Wait for it………
Well, it’s definitely the organised family ski company for me in future!
Why? For a number of reasons. While it was good to spend some lads and dad time, I think they would benefit from being with kids their own age. Not just for skiing, but in the various other activities that are organised. It’s great for us to have some adult company too. There’s nothing like meeting up with like-minded people both on the slopes and for a few drinks in the evening afterwards. I guess it’s simple really – they need plenty of activities to keep them occupied, we need alcohol…
And on that bombshell, cheers, and goodnight!
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