We are thinking about our first family ski holiday.. Are there places that include all ‘the gear’?

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Post by Guest »

Snow holiday lovers…. Looking for advice please. We are thinking about our first family ski holiday. None of us have tried before. I’ve had knee surgery so I’d like to stay somewhere that has a spa, so I can chill some of the time whilst the boys (dad and two boys age 11 and 9) can go and have fun learning to ski/snow board.

Are there places that include all ‘the gear’ as I don’t want to break the bank on our first experience.

We are thinking of April…

Throw your recommendations at me please!

Post by Paula »

We loved Avoriaz. Not sure about a spa but it has a tropical swimming pool complex in the resort) a bit like a Centerparcs pool) which is great fun with kids at the end of a ski day. Loads of great skiing for learners

Post by Karen »

April is too late. Most European resorts aren’t allowed to use their snow blowers after the end of March so if it’s warm there will be no snow in April.

Going in December/ January is usually cheaper, but this year there wasn’t much snow unless you were higher up. A friend booked through a travel agent for Bulgaria and the agent changed their resort a week before travel to one higher up due to lack of snow. They wouldn’t have been able to change had they booked everything independently.

You will need your clothing/gloves/goggles - in Northern Ireland Lidl do a ski sale each year in early November (£30 jacket/£20 salopettes and the quality is decent) but boots/skis/helmet are all able to be hired in advance for your stay.

Folgaria in Italy is a great resort for beginners with a beautiful quaint village. We go there most years mid March on our school ski trip. Have tried other places too, but keep returning to Folgaria. Andalo is beautiful too, but Folgaria is better for beginners.

Post by Neil »

Go to ski dome / indoor ski slope first… been skiing for years, and it’s a brutally expensive sport, made worse if you don’t like it.

Honestly, get the family a try ski at an indoor ski slope first.

Once you’ve done that, recommendations are easy, but in April the way the season is going, there won’t be much snow around……

Post by Rebecca »

April 15th lots of resorts close

As snow tends to be gone or only made by snow cannon at that time of year

We live / work in a ski resort village in France

Check out samoens , morzine , avoriaz , flaine

Samoens definately have spa facilities

These are all good ski resorts you can ski in to one from the other

Hire ski equipment local

Ski holidays never end up being on the cheaper side what with clothes n extras

Try come march ( Feb is most busy and most ££££ ) half term across France over the whole month and then end of the month for other European countries and UK

Italy - is also nice .we are 40 mins from there so some times cross the border to visit

Cheaper then France for food wine etc

Post by Lisa »

We have booked Avoriaz in April, I don’t ski either but it looked like there were other things to do. There is accommodation with a spa and also a center parcs type pool.

Post by Jemma »

If you want to go April you will need a high resort for the snow but you will also pay a premium for this. Bulgaria is a great place to start as its the cheaper option, not sure of snow in April though. We are going first week in April and going Val Thoren in France. If you book with a your op you can add on passes, skis and lessons but we find it cheaper doing in ourselves. We hired a motohome one year and drove to France, that was fun and we've flown to.

Post by Joanne »

I'm just back from Yllas (was a Lapland holiday) but we stayed near 2 ski resorts, and both had lessons. We bussed it to them both on one of our free days. Think 2nd was a resort too. Our hotel wasn't a spa one, but our apartment had a sauna and had self-catering facilities (we were full board), but I'm sure you could hire ski equipment. The hotel at the 2nd ski resort we visited was sister hotel of one we stayed at. It looked lovely.

Post by Brioney »

No other theme parks nearby but depending on where you’re going after, Futuroscope near Poitiers might be worth looking at. We enjoyed a visit there.
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