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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON? - Ross Young, Les2Alpes
Monday April 2, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

45-year old Ross Young & his 12-year old son Fynn have arrived in Les2Alpes to sample the other's skiing style. What could possibly go wrong?

What's the best way to do a family ski holiday?

I'm trying a new approach this year.

I've convinced my twelve-year-old son Fynn that it'd be a good idea for us to sample each other's favourite side of skiing.

So he's agreed to join me for some off-piste instruction to see if he'll be bitten by the powder bug like I was.

In return, I've said yes to sharing a ski park lesson with him to see if this old ski dog can learn some new tricks (ok, so I'm 45... but I've always fancied it and this seems like a brilliant excuse).  

As the week starts, there's no question that mother nature is intent on showing us a great time.

Conditions are fabulous - we ski until almost 2pm before we realise that we're both starving and need to break for lunch.

Fynn's monday verdictFynn's monday verdict

Better still, after spending years following Fynn as he trundled his way down the slopes, I'm delighted to find that this year we're suddenly skiing at about the same speed.

I've always enjoyed skiing with Fynn, but this a revelation.

For the first time, we're truly skiing as equals (or at least we are until something needs paying for!). 

Did I say equals?

In the afternoon, Fynn and I briefly visit the ski park.

Les 2 Alpes has one of the biggest and the best freestyle areas in Europe and Fynn is desperate to see it.

We both got park skis from Intersport  to handle the kickers and rails in the park.

Pretty handy as you can swap and change your skis throughout the week if you fancy hitting the kickers, or get carving skis if you want a day on the corduroy.

We get up there just as the weather closes in, but even our quick once-over makes me realise that my 'cool dad' shtick is going to get a serious examination come park lesson time.

Fynn slides across boxes and executes 360-degree turns like it's second nature.

I, on the other hand, missed out on the park craze as a youngster.

I've got much to learn... but hey, 45 is the new 15.

Isn't it? 

Lord Vader models neonOn the slopes


A week's stay, at Hotel Ibiza, costs from £293 pp (two sharing) on a half-board basis. Private transfers, from Grenoble Airport, cost from £167 pp (return) with MV Transport, Ski France's own company. 
A six-day lift pass, in Les Deux Alpes, costs €250 / £218 per adult (age 13+) and €200 / £174 per child (age 5-12). Ski hire can be arranged through Hotel Ibiza, prices on request.
Return flights, with easyJet (London to Grenoble) cost from £75 pp.
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