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Manuel - 40 yearsA report on a family holiday at the Hotel Post Alpina
 

Searching for snow

Children love winter: at least they love the sort you find in books, with snow flurries, runny noses, snowball fights and the mandatory hot chocolate afterwards. But what happens when you have been reading out children’s winter tales since November, the house has been decorated with snowflakes and snowmen, under the Christmas tree is the first children’s sledge and yet, in the middle of January, there is still sign of snow? Then it’s time for some parental creativity, something along the lines of the saying: if the prophet will not come to the mountain…
 
 
 
 
 
Kiddies welcome?
Thus we went in search of snow, first online, where we discovered the easternmost half of South Tyrol. Innichen and its surroundings were affected by the low pressure that had studiously ignored the rest of South Tyrol. So we decided on a winter weekend in the Upper Puster Valley.

We are not really such great fans of hotel holidays. In our garage is our beloved camper van that we use for short holidays with our little boy. Camping with children is not too complicated. But a toddler in a hotel – will that really be so relaxing? Little Emil has always been the sort of kid you could take anywhere, but when I think of him having to sit still through a three-course dinner, or of the sauna area where there is not so much for little ones, or even of the childish screams of joy that are hardly compatible with the neighbours’ need for rest…
But then we came across the South Tyrol Familienhotels. And our first thought was that, if children are welcome, parents as a rule will feel good too. We wanted to give it a try and see what awaited us at the Post Alpina Family Mountain Chalets.

Nice hotel...
If children are made just as welcome as the grown-ups, and also given sweeties, then the receptionist instantly becomes a friend. All three of us were equally delighted with the Family Suite. So much space! Two floors, just for us. “Our new home”, said Emil. A fireplace for a real fire. And a bathtub in the middle of the room – something Mummy has ALWAYS wanted.

Friends of (and in) snow
While the father of our little family slung his cross-country skis over his shoulder and set off for the nearby cross-country skiing trail from Innichen to Sexten/Moss, I marched off with Emil towards the ski piste where we could finally experience all the winter clichés – from snowball fights to runny noses – and make our first attempts at sledging, afterwards consuming the obligatory hot chocolate with cream. There was certainly the possibility of sending him to baby ski school or to the mini-club (where the programme sounds attractive even to adults!). But I preferred spending the time with Emil. We rolled in the snow, rubbed our frozen noses together and told each other how much we loved one another. You do not always have the chance to enjoy the pleasures of being a mum in everyday life.

Wellness for three & paradise for baby
Wellness with kids? Why not! We simply took it in turns while visiting the sauna area: first a dip in the warm water and sitting in the jacuzzi, then relaxing while sweating in one of the saunas next door. And then all three of us gathered to strengthen our bodies’ defences in the textile sauna!
Children’s menus, children’s games, children’s cinema. The childcare assistants themselves had plenty of fun with the kids of all ages, and Emil too was suddenly off and set on staying in the play area. Not such a bad thing, if it means you can enjoy two glasses of prosecco before the meal “alone together”. With that special tingling, in the glass and elsewhere. :-)
If you want your child to sleep soundly all night, follow these simple instructions: a day in the snow, lots of games in the bubbling warm water, fun and kiddies’ cinema with others of the same age in the evening followed by a bowl of hot soup. Carry the sleeping tot to his little bed: the parents can then enjoy the pleasures of the bathtub in their room. But this is where the story ends. :-) An experience that can only be recommended!
 

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