Why not avoid the summer holiday scrum this year and plan a ski trip instead? Family ski holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy learning and practising ski skills with your loved ones.
Many of us think nothing of planning a family holiday in the sun year after year, but why not consider an alternative for a refreshing change? Avoid the high prices of school holiday breaks and the scramble for a sun lounger each morning, by visiting a ski resort instead. That way you’ll get the best of both worlds; enjoying the British summer at home, while looking forward to a break later in the year.
A ski trip can be a good value option, particularly if you choose to hire a ski chalet as they are usually rented out on an all-inclusive basis. With many après ski activities on offer, there’s no need to pay extra for expensive excursions to keep you occupied during your holiday.. Choose the right resort and you can enjoy making the most of the frosty environment with ice-skating, ice-skiing, snow kiting, tobogganing and ice-driving.
The Zell am See resort in Austria offers all of these exciting winter sports and activities and is a great option for those who like to mix their adventures up a bit.
Those who like their holidays to have a mix of high-octane action and relaxation will love the Zell am See resort as it also has a fantastic spa centre where slope-weary skiers can rest their frozen bodies.
Many ski resort hotels have spa facilities, or alternatively, why not take a look at ski chalets which come with hot tubs? Imagine relaxing in a warm tub while the temperatures outside are below freezing; it’s sure to be an amazing experience, made better only by a glass of something cold and bubbly.
Of course, it’s important not to forget the main reason for a ski holiday is to actually ski. Try to make the most of every opportunity to hit the slopes in order to progress as much as possible during your break.
Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience on the slopes, you can benefit from the on-slope tuition and the chance to practise your ski legs on thick, powdery snow.
Novice skiers will be able to learn a brand new skill in an authentic environment, which is so much more exciting than learning at the dry ski slope. Children are particularly adept at learning new skills, so a ski holiday can endow a young person with a fantastic new skill for life.
Among the best resorts in the world for beginners is the Soldeu Ski School in the Pyrenees. High nursery slopes mean that you’ll be learning on good snow, and easy lifts mean no struggling with chair lifts to get to the top of the runs.
For families, the Flaine resort in France is a safe option, with some great kids clubs and crèches where little ones can get to grips with their skis in a patient, fun learning environment.
The French Alps are also great for a spot of summer skiing, meaning you can avoid the tourist hoards and still get your summer break. Les 2 Alpes has good summer snow, a variety of runs to suit all abilities, and some great summer season events.
The big daddy of the ski resorts however, is Whistler in Canada. Whistler Blackcomb was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, which is a fantastic endorsement, facilitating the best in the world.
There’s plenty to do for all ages in Whistler, including ski and snowboarding schools, a spa, tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.
Choose the right resort and you can have an amazing ski break that makes a refreshing change from the usual two weeks idling away getting sunburn on the beach.