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Ski-ing in THIS country – but how?

We found somewhere in the UK to ski on our doorstep - Hemel Snow Centre rocks (according to my son) ;-)


My little boy is seven and has changed so much since he was a little bundle of joy…

My littly boy growing up...still can't stop moving!


However, one thing that seems not to change is his inabiity to STAY STILL. He moved, bounced, and hiccuped all through my pregnancy, and hasn’t stop moving since then. He seems to have boundless energy, and we have to keep that energy in check somehow. Every week we do gym, football and swimming so that we can, at least, have some peace and quiet at night as he’s sufficiently tired to actually go to sleep….

For the last two years, he has also skied, and looks forward in anticipation to our holidays on the slopes. We are going again next year, having been both in 2013 and earlier this year. But…

“Mum, we can’t wait A WHOLE YEAR to ski again….we just can’t….!”


Really, can’t you?

We live in the U.K. and the only place to Ski is Scotland, and that is a very long way away isn’t it…how are we supposed to get to Scotland and to Ski…I think perhaps we are getting a little over ambitious about how important it is to Ski…don’t you, little man? *Mummy rant over*

Imagine my surprise though when we discovered there is snow only an hour drive from us, in Hemel Hempsted’s Snow Centre, and if you are a clever little mummy you could even book a short hotel break in THIS COUNTRY perhaps at a hotel such as the Holiday Inn Hemel Heapstead to give your family something extra special for Christmas or even a birthday?

Getting ready for us to ski at the Hemel Snow Centre...go kids!


The Snow Centre in Hemel is now one of my son’s favourite places – he doesn’t mind the cold, even my daughter took to the snow despite them managing to keep the temperature down at minus two so the snow didn’t melt.

Ski-ing at Hemel Snow Centre - it works and its fun!


As you know, my willingness to ski is somewhat lacking. I do go on ski-ing holidays with the kids and this kind of holiday here in the UK sounds good to me too, as it could provide me with some really helpful quiet time for writing, reflection and erm, relaxation!

All I would need is a book, a bit of money for a few snacks and a nice warm hot chocolate and I am sorted. I would just need to go to Hemel, show lots of enthusiasm for my kids improvement in ski-ing, and in return I might even get to sit by a pool while the husband does all the hard work on the slopes with the kids. Now that is something that is definitely worth thinking about…mummy, getting a break, who knew?

That’s my son’s present, and perhaps even mine, sorted for next year, isn’t it?!?

This is a collaborative post.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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