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Skiing at new year 2014

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juneau Mon 07-Jan-13 10:24:31

Can anyone who usually skis at this time of year recommend a good, child-friendly, snow-sure resort that's fun at new year?

DH and I are confident intermediates and we've skied quite a lot, but not at new year in the Alps. We have two DSs (who will be 6 and 2), usually ski in France (but are open to other countries), prefer a transfer under two hours, and have only done chalets with childcare since we started skiing with our kids.

Any ideas gratefully received.

massistar Tue 08-Jan-13 13:27:55

We went to Morzine at New Year and had a great time. It's only 1.5 hours from Geneva and the slopes are very gentle and child friendly.

mimolette Tue 08-Jan-13 22:03:32

We went to La Tania this year - about 2 hrs from Geneva and lots of companies offer chalet crèches there. They had fireworks for new year and a mini disco in the snow, I think most resorts do similar. In 3 valleys so even if you get unlucky with snow there (we had plenty) you can get lifts higher up.

andadietcoke Tue 08-Jan-13 22:05:16

We've had Christmas in La Plagne a couple of times and it's lovely. There's the lift across to Les Arcs and with the Paradiski pass you can ski both resorts.

Tasmania Thu 10-Jan-13 20:08:44

Saas Fee, Switzerland.

Pretty place, high altitude - so likely to have snow that early (people apparently go skiing in summer?). On the other side of the mountain from Zermatt, but without the crowd and the uber-high prices.

juneau Sun 13-Jan-13 10:04:56

Thanks for these ideas. Saas Fee/Zermatt is an idea, although I've heard SF is more of a beginner resort - is that true? DH and I aren't experts, by any means, but we like challenging reds and can do quite a mileage of those in a week.

What about Austria? I've only been to Ellmau and St Anton - so are there any high family-friendly resorts that anyone can recommend?

LIZS Sun 13-Jan-13 16:11:30

Saas has challenging runs as well but not a huge number of black pistes so you could have "done" it in a few days. The lift pass includes other smaller resorts easily accessible by bus for a change of scene and it is possible (but you'd need an early start) to day trip to Zermatt. Transfer to either is longish (3 hours +) unless you fly to Sion. Engelberg might be worth consideration as within 2 hours by train of Zurich. Pretty and family friendly.

ClareisMee Fri 01-Feb-13 17:40:30

Go for Zermatt.. Prices are no higher than anywhere else and the resort is as Snow sure as can be, I skiied on the Glacier for 3 days in August (along with all the Olympic teams wink DS and DD. They have a huge fireworks display I heard. Saas Fee is lovely but not in an intimate way; v pretty but v cold on the slopes as sun always seemed to be behind a peak and the best runs are on a glasier! (as I remember). Transfer by train from Geneve, one change, four hours and 6 mins.

juneau Sat 02-Feb-13 08:32:00

Ooooh Zermatt sounds lovely! DH loves Switzerland too and is getting fed up of always going to France. I'll see if I can find a SC apartment - we're supposed to be economising hmm

Wifepot Mon 04-Feb-13 12:51:51

You must try amazing place, family run and private but top luxury and with bespoke childcare. We are so going back.

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