Les Gets is a special place, there are 650 kilometres of groomed pistes to ski, with seemingly infinite amounts of accessible off-piste. There are snow parks, night-sledging, and bubbling hot tubs waiting to be enjoyed. All that is missing is you.
Inevitably you are snowed under in the office, your work-life balance might have swung heavily in the wrong direction. Surely then you should indulge yourself with 36-hours off to do a bit of skiing?
In recent years there have been major developments in the psychological concept of ‘play’. A lack of playtime is now seen as a major health obstacle. Doing activities, just for fun, not because they’ll help achieve a goal, is vital to human development.
New research suggests that playtime can relieve stress, boost creativity, improve brain function, and improve our relationships with others. It’s acknowledged by psychologists and researchers as an essential component for childhood development — and a lack of play time is seen as a major health obstacle for less privileged children.
It would seem that play isn’t just a human luxury. We’ve all watched dogs play, cats play, monkeys play, even Dolphins. We don’t have to be taught how to play. It is an innate evolutionary trait. Which is why psychologists now argue that by abandoning play we’re abandoning an important part of ourselves.
Lets’ bring this back to skiing, because if your playtime is piste-time then we need to get practical. How can you fit play–ski in your already overly committed diary? Here’s how The Boutique Chalet Company helped some time-poor clients make time for playtime.
The 36-hour ski break was designed to take people from their offices to the piste and back again before you can say après. You can indulge in quality piste time and luxury chalet time with less than 48 hours lost. Here’s an example of one of The Boutique Chalet Company’s mini ski breaks.
08:00 - Go into work, set your ‘out of office’. Jump on the DLR to City Airport. Take the 11:40am flight to Geneva.
13:00 - Flight lands at Geneva airport. Collection by private transfer to Les Gets. Meet your Boutique Chalet Manager and Ski Technician at the bottom of the piste for an on-piste ski and snowboard fitting at a Perrier Jouet bar created just for you.
15:30 - Skiing. Skiing. Skiing. Let the playtime begin!
17:30 - Time for après drinks at the bottom of the piste.
18.00 - Your private chauffeur takes you to Ferme de la Corderie (one of The Boutique Chalet Company’s luxury chalets) where you are welcomed with more Champagne.
18.30 - Hot tub on the deck? A quick sauna? Maybe enjoy a spa treatment in the in-house luxury Bamford Spa? All of the above qualify as life-affirming, health-giving and restorative playtime.
20.00 - Canapés and cocktails by the fire before an exquisite dinner prepared by your private chef.
20.30 - Five-course evening dinner prepared by Boutique’s critically acclaimed Head Chef, Nick Lyon-Dean
22.00 - Digestifs by the fire. You’ve done well. You’ve played like a champion.
08.00 - Get up early for an amazing breakfast from the famous Breakfast Club menu served at Ferme de la Corderie.
08.30 - Your Chauffeur waits to take you to the mountain for first lifts.
08.45 - First lifts. First tracks. We’d recommend heading straight for the Ranfolly Bowl. Open up the corduroy or the powder - your choice.
10.30 - Coffee break at Grand Cry? Or keep tracking the pistes. You’ve got 3 hours left.
12.00 - Lunch on the terrace of La Paika to enjoy their famous views. Or take on the moguls under the chairlift? 90 minutes and counting.
13.30 - Enjoy your final ski down to meet your transfer. Leave your skis and equipment with Boutique. Your bags are already in the van. All you have to do is sit back and relax. You’ve played well.
Find out more about The Boutique Chalet Company HERE
Brené Brown: Why Goofing Off Is Really Good For You
The Psychological Case for Adult Play Time