Watch­ing our kids see snow for the first time was magical

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - YOU WON’T HAVE A MEN­TAL BREAK­DOWN

8.30am to 3.30pm so par­ents with young kids can still en­joy some kid-free time on the snow.

For toi­let-trained three and four year olds there is a Dis­cov­ery Pro­gram where kids learn to ski or snow­board and are also cared for through­out the day.

Molly ab­so­lutely loved learn­ing to ski and the triplets were also happy in child­care, mean­ing James and I could hit the slopes to­gether kid-free. Woo hoo!

De­spite get­ting bruised and bat­tered at­tempt­ing to snow­board it was re­ally lovely hav­ing some time to­gether and be­ing out­side do­ing a fun sport. I even got some kid-free time to drink a cock­tail and read a book be­fore child­care/dis­cov­ery pick up #hol­i­day­goals.

Tobog­gan­ing for the whole fam­ily or “Tube Town” — where you can head down the slope in an in­flat­able tyre tube — is an op­tion for whole fam­ily fun af­ter pick up. Over­all it was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic week­end and de­spite the chaos of chil­dren it gen­uinely felt like a real hol­i­day. James and I had fun on the slopes. Molly adored ski school and see­ing snow for the first time and has al­ready asked to go back. The two nights away from home in a ho­tel weren’t much dif­fer­ent to home. There was scream­ing when there would have been scream­ing. There was cry­ing when there would have been cry­ing. There were things that were touched that shouldn’t have been. There were dis­as­ters of course. Half a jar of honey spilt through our food bag and all over everything in­side. And, of course, we had to do an emer­gency poo stop by the side of the road for Molly less than 10-min­utes af­ter a des­ig­nated toi­let stop where she was asked re­peat­edly if she needed to go. And my body is def­i­nitely not the same as it was BC (be­fore chil­dren). It’s sore and stiff in ways I’ve never felt be­fore when vis­it­ing the snow. But moral of the story is you CAN take your young kids to the snow and not have a giant men­tal break­down from how dif­fi­cult it is. It’s an ef­fort to pack the car. It’s an ef­fort to keep ev­ery­one fed and happy and safe — but cre­at­ing last­ing fam­ily hol­i­day mem­o­ries is worth a lit­tle bit of chaos, right? The Scarr fam­ily were guests of Per­isher Molly, right, en­joys the Per­isher kids pro­gram and, above, Lanai and James ( hold­ing Edy), with Jim, Nate and Molly in front.

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