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Planning a family skiing holiday?

Ever been on a family skiing holiday?

Whether you are regular skiers or first time skiers these offers may be of interest to you so read on!

What they say at Crystal:

For us, the mountain is everything. We love it as much as you do. Since 1981 we’ve been finding the best places to ski and the most exciting mountains to spend time in.All the favourites are covered like the Alps and the Rockies – but we’ve also found amazing alternative resorts in places like Norway, Bulgaria and Finland. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a ski holiday you’ll find it in one of our 130+ resorts.
You’ll also get loads of local tips about the place you’re going to – including non–skiing activities, the best places to eat, weather reports and up–to–the–minute resort news. Feel free to ask us anything while you’re researching where to go and one of our holiday experts will answer – most likely someone who’s working in the resort you’re interested in. You can tap into an even larger ski community on our social media pages too.
So with Crystal you can be confident that you’ve found exactly the holiday you want, and you’ll be sure of that before you’ve even packed your goggles.

For more information: Crystal Ski Holidays (www.crystalski.co.uk; 020 8939 0726)

Our experience at Mummy Fever:

For me skiing is my ultimate favourite pastime – second of course to being with my family – so combine the two and I’m in my own form of paradise!

I got the skiing bug when I was just 5 years old when my parents decided to give skiing a go – I have been hooked ever since and am lucky enough to share my life with a partner and children who feel the same way.

Skiing is certainly not a cheap family holiday BUT great memories can be created in the mountains, the air is super healthy, you get loads of exercise and the fun factor is high too!

Here is a useful link when planning a skiing trip with children

FAMILY HOLIDAYS AND CHILDCARE 

There are some great offers to be had … Nearly 1000 free holidays for kids across every departure date, and hundreds of holidays for kids from £179 to Europe.

Crystal Pepi Penguin Clubs in seven resorts for children aged from 6 months to 4 years. Qualified childcare staff looking after babies and infants for 6 half or full-day supervision, with or without lunch. Prices from £285 for six full days.

Whizz Kids Clubs in six resorts for 4 to 11 year olds with three different choices of childcare for non-skiing children including lunch and lunchtime supervision. Prices from £265 for six full days.
 Family fun in the snow

Whizzclusive in six resorts for 3/4/5 to 11 year olds. Includes six days morning ski school, ski & boot hire, drop off/pick up, lunch and afternoon care. Prices from £415.

In addition to the Crystal Ski run childcare in seven resorts, Crystal recommends childcare in 22 resorts across seven countries and 70 family hotels, chalets and apartments with child-friendly facilities including family bedrooms, early dinner options, and leisure facilities as well as close to slope locations.

Private nanny service available in a wide choice of resorts in France and Austria. From £499 for five days 08:30 -17:00 plus 1 night babysitting.

Evening club in two resorts. Six evenings per week, includes quiet play and bedtime stories and for the older children games, quizzes and movies. Free with full day child care.

DELIVERING VALUE with Crystal Ski Holidays

Free lift pass for adults and children all season: Chamrousse and La Clusaz (France).
Free lift pass for children up to 12 years in Andorra

All Ski Welt resorts (Söll, Ellmau, Scheffau and Westendorf) offer free lift pass for children up to and including 15 years (when adult buys one; selected weeks).

SAMPLE PRICES

All below prices are based on four people (2 adults, 2 children up to 11 years sharing a room/quad room), include flights from Gatwick and transfers. The first price is for departure on 10 January and the second for 14 Feb 2015. Price excludes ski packs or lift pass (apart from last one where they offer free lift pass for all).

Three-star Hotel Alpina, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: good for beginners, intermediate skiers, uncrowded pistes. 
Half board. £1416/£2684
Age of children? From 4-10 years
Why? Doorstep skiing, crèche and kids club at the hotel, free use of sister hotels’ swimming pool nearby

http://www.crystalski.co.uk/ski-resorts/slovenia-ski-holidays/kranjska-gora/hotel-alpina/
available with Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk; 0208 939 0726)  and/ or Thomson Ski (thomsonski.co.uk; 020 8 939 0738)

Four-star Family Resort Seiblishof, Ischgl, Austria: good for all level of skiers, free hotel kids club, extensive wellness facilities for parents. 
Half board. £2629/£4635.
Age of children? any age, this hotel provides fun for all ages (crèche, kids club)
Why? Apart from varied skiing terrain, children’s ‘water world’ splash pool with slide, 100m2 soft play area; for adults – modern and spacious spa area, free WiFi; €100 hotel credit per adult if booked before 30 Sept.

http://www.crystalski.co.uk/ski-resorts/austria-ski-holidays/ischgl/family-resort-seiblishof/
available with Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk; 0208 939 0726)  and/ or Thomson Ski (thomsonski.co.uk; 020 8 939 0738)

Three-star Hovi Cabins, Beitostolen, Norway: free lift pass for everyone, exceptional activities for the family as well as skiing; large cabins. 

Self catering with option to upgrade to b&b or halfboard. £1229/£2758.
Age of children? Maybe better for young teenagers as there is so much to do
Why? 45mins from the airport and all the accommodation is really close to the ski school and ski lifts. Families love it because of this and the gentle ski terrain and the wide array of winter activities – it’s impossible for kids to get bored here:
Mini-snowmobiles (6-12yrs) £6pp, airboard (10+yrs) £35pp; sledging £6pp, snowrafting £45pp, Lavvo (Norwegian tepee) evening £35 per adult / £23 per child; ice-fishing £35pp, Golden Hour at local chapel (singing, reflections, meditation)

http://www.crystalski.co.uk/ski-resorts/norway-ski-holidays/beitostolen/hovi-cabins/
available with Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk; 0208 939 0726)  and/ or Thomson Ski (thomsonski.co.uk; 020 8 939 0738

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