You might already have your summer holidays mapped out with different trips and activities, but a winter holiday in Morzine is something that the whole family can enjoy. From grandparents to grandkids, going away to a new and exciting destination allows the family to spend quality time together, without the distractions of the day-to-day routine.
A multi-generational, or 3G holiday, is where three different generations of the family go on holiday together: Grandparents, parents and their children (and even aunties, uncles and cousins) spending time together in a holiday location.
It gives grandparents the opportunity to spoil the kids with treats and late bedtimes and all the things that mean endless holiday fun, while you might just be able to book in a dinner for two without the need for a babysitter! Everyone has quality time together and also the opportunity to do things individually as well – it’s a perfect combination that works well for everybody.
1. Spend Quality Time Together in an Amazing Location!
With busy schedules and families living further away from each other, it can sometimes feel like a stretch to find time to catch up properly with family. That’s why it’s even more important to plan something extra special once in a while to spend that quality time with the ones you love the most.
What better place to spend it than in the mountains, with the amazing alpine scenery and magical winter holiday atmosphere. Morzine is an incredibly family friendly resort – it really does offer something for everyone, young and old.
2. More Time For You
If you have young children, it’s helpful having an extra pair of hands to look after them. By taking the grandparents on holiday, you’re bringing along the perfect babysitters – they know your children, they’re available 24/7 and they’re free! This means that you and your other half can enjoy some precious time alone and dine at one of the many restaurants Morzine has to offer.
Different families have different dynamics and needs, but with the grandparents and possibly other extended family members altogether, it means the family has more freedom to do different activities.
3. New Experiences to Share
Multi-generational holidays can be full of really special experiences, staying in a beautiful location with stunning vistas and thrill-inducing activities allows you to reconnect and make moments that can be cherished.
If you’re going on holiday with three generations, why not spend it learning something new together? Fantastic memories will be made experiencing the mountains together for the first time. If you’re new to skiing, there’s no need to be worried. Here’s why learning to ski as an adult isn’t scary.
If you’re already a powder-loving parent, then what could be more exciting than sharing that passion with your kids? Skiing or snowboarding is a fantastic hobby that your children can carry on into their future!
4. Cut the Costs
Accommodation can cost a lot less when you’re in a larger group! You can split the cost of accommodation and food for an all-round cheaper holiday. Plus, if you’re looking at staying in a self-catered apartment, the multi-generation experience works out great as you can share the cooking between you!
You can also also halve, or even eradicate altogether, childcare costs if you have extremely generous in-laws! Alternatively, have a bit of time with your parents and on the slopes child free, by using a private nanny service which can often flex with your needs and work around your requirements as well as your in-laws. After all… they need some holiday time too! We have some great contacts here in our Childcare page.
5. Activities for Everyone
If you tend to find that when the holidays come, the kids start bouncing off the walls in excitement, raring to try every activity available, then skiing is the perfect option. For active families, ski resorts have enough activities to keep even the most restless occupied.
Think endless skiing and snowboarding fun – and for those non-skiers in the family think sledging, swimming, ice-skating, ice hockey… the list goes on.
Plus you might find some undiscovered talents! Whether your kids take to the snow quickly and have to be moved to the next class up in ski school, or you find out that Grandad used to be quite the skier in his heyday as he zips past you on the slopes!
6. SKI (Spend your Kids Inheritance) on Something that Matters
You’re never too old to enjoy the things you love, as 100 year old George Jedenoff demonstrates in this clip!
Previously, spending the kid’s inheritance (SKI) was something that grandparents did on their own. On retirement, they set about doing all the things that they hadn’t had the opportunity to experience whilst working and bringing up their family.
Nowadays, becoming a SKI-er can also mean using some savings to provide a truly memorable family holiday that, without their help, just wouldn’t happen.
Imagine what a gift you are giving to your children, if you can take them on a winter wonderland trip where they learn to ski or snowboard for the first time? What a legacy that would be!
7. Memories to Treasure Long After the Holiday is Over
These days, it’s a fact that people prefer to spend their money on experiences rather than material things.
A 3G holiday is the perfect opportunity to build that family photo album. Trust us, it’s something that the kids won’t be able to stop talking about!
8. Everyone’s Doing It!
Sainsbury’s the Supermarket Giant conducted a survey, which showed a huge rise in multi-generational 3G family holidays. Thomson research has shown that 38% of Brits have been on a 3G holiday.
The Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance survey showed that a whopping 80% of people who experienced these types of holidays, felt that having three generations present had a positive impact on the trip and the main reasons for going on multi-generational holidays was to make up for lost hours and spend time with family members.
9. Bring the whole family!
We know that our furry friends are as much a part of our family as our loved ones, so it seems a real shame to leave them at home when you go on holiday.
Well now, you can bring them with you with More Mountain’s range of dog-friendly accommodation! Dogs will love exploring the mountains, chasing snowballs and getting to be part of all the fun. Check out our guide to bringing your dog to Morzine.
So there you have it, 9 reasons to go on a Multi-Generational winter holiday – it shows that families that ski together, stay together!
How Multi Generational Winter Holidays Can Work for Your Family
Sometimes it can be difficult to see how a multi generational holiday could look for your own family. Here are a few ideas based on what some of our previous groups of guests have found worked well for them on a multi-generational holiday in the mountains.
Generally with the grandparents close at hand, it means parents can have a bit of well deserved time off from the kids and some ski fun, similar to the old days pre-children!
For grandparents that don’t ski, the whole family can still meet on the mountain at lunchtime as the village telecabines and gondolas are pedestrian-friendly. Morzine offers a great selection of mountain restaurants that are very easy to access, even with pushchairs and little ones on sledges, and the parents can ski to see their precious kiddies having had a morning of blasting around the pistes.
If your parents or in-laws are also big ski fans, then tag teaming time on the hill can also work really well, especially if you tie this in with some part time childcare. More importantly for active grandparents, there is nothing better than a morning skiing – picking up the kids from ski school, going to meet Mum and Dad and then heading for some lunch and a spot of sledging. This works brilliantly at the bottom of the Pleney pistes in Morzine. There is a wealth of lunch choices and some great sledging spots, all within a short walk of a More Mountain chalet!
All of you sometimes deserve a day off… a lot of families go for a walk towards the Vallée De La Manche and take the sledges, stopping for a coffee en-route. This is a nice relaxing walk in the snow, and you can get the bus back into Morzine so the kids don’t get too tired!
On chalet staff nights off you can sample one of the excellent restaurants in Morzine – a lot of the restaurants do an earlier sitting so you can get the kids fed by 7pm.
And of course, if your parents are there, all the more reason to make the most of a night out guilt free, as you know the kids are safely playing with Granny and Grandad.
We’ve put together some sample itineraries for below – do any of these family types sound familiar to you?
Grandparents who don’t ski or snowboard
Parents who do ski or snowboard
Very young children or babies
Grandparents who ski or snowboard but not as much as they used to
Parents who also ski or snowboard
Children who are young and learning to ski or snowboard
Grandparents who don’t ski or snowboard
Parents who do ski or snowboard
Children who are a bit older and can already ski
Why Choose Morzine?
Morzine offers something for everyone which is a crucial factor when deciding on a destination that the whole family will enjoy.
- Variety of slopes for all levels of ability from beginner to advanced.
- Ability to travel up the mountain as a non skier so everyone can experience the mountains.
- Close proximity to a high altitude ski area so you can have peace of mind regarding snow conditions.
- Lots of non skiing activities to try which is great for family members who don’t ski or board.
- A family friendly resort with lots of activities for young children and easy to access places for grandparents to take the kids
- Lots of great child care options too to give the grandparents a breather! Checkout our childcare page for more info.
What to look for in a 3G Holiday Provider
You should expect your holiday provider to have knowledge of what different families need and want from their holidays. A holiday provider should help you create the perfect winter experience that your family will be talking about for years to come.
- Use the expertise of a company who has been in business, in Morzine, for over 10 years.
- Enjoy the wide variety of luxury accommodation with both catered and self catered options.
- Tap into our vast knowledge of skiing and snowboarding for all ages at all levels
- Talk to us about any pre – holiday questions, special requirements, general advice and help to making a perfect 3G holiday.
Ready to Go?
Start your holiday countdown today by contacting us and together, we can create your Multi Generational winter holiday.
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