Yellow padded goggle hood coat by AI Riders on the Storm, (ages 4–12) £329; pink swan print shell trousers with braces by Småfolk (ages 2–8) £83, matching mittens £25. All from alexandalexa.com
The Old Macaroni, a gorgeous chalet in Morzine, has been immaculately restored for this season.
Each of the 5 bedrooms takes influences from the owners’ favourite novels including this Harry Potter themed room, with four double built-in cabin beds. Chalet sleeps up to 18. From £16,500 per week, fully catered with driver service. thechaletedit.com
The Road Less Travelled
Katja Gaskell organised a DIY trip to Äkäslompolo in Northern Finland and arranged for Father Christmas to appear, unannounced, at their charming traditional Finnish cottage. Caron Bluestone enjoyed a Kinderhotel experience at the Heidi Hotel in Falkerstee, Southern Austria (pictured). Read about their adventures here: angelsandurchins.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/kinderhotels/and angelsandurchins.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/the-real-winter-wonderland/
Alpen Express is the speedy new sleeper ski train that takes you right to the slopes AND reduces your journey’s carbon footprint by around 80%. Take the Eurostar to Amsterdam (or you can go via Cologne) and hop on the overnight service at 18:59. Arrive the next morning in Kitzbühel at 08:42 or St. Anton at 10:43 (just two of the several resorts it services). Choose from 5- and 6-berth couchettes or luxury private compartments for 1–3. Running weekly, from Friday 20 Dec with the final return on Saturday 14 March 2020. Prices from €179 return in a 6-berth sleeping car. Eurostar tickets from London to Amsterdam start from £70 return. alpen.express/en/
BRINGING SCANDINAVIAN RESORTS CLOSER
Scandinavian Mountains Airport in Sälen/Trysil launches officially in December with direct SAS flights from London and will place the super family-friendly resorts of Trysil (Norway) and Salen (Sweden) within 45 minutes’ drive.
No more plonk
If you book a whole chalet with Ski Famille you have an option to order premium Burgundy and Bordeaux by the case. Stay at the newly built Cocon des Neiges chalet in Les Gets which is opening for the 2019/20 season. An upgrade to the fine wine option costs £99 per case of six. 01252 365 495 skifamille.co.uk