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PickledMoomin Sat 12-Oct-13 18:47:11

We're thinking about having our first skiing holiday over new year.
We'd only be able to go for a week because of school.
DS will be 4 and DD 8.
Where should we go? I have no idea where to start

superram Sat 12-Oct-13 18:48:36

Andorra is relatively cheap and not too hard. Loll at solder rather than pad de la casa ( unless you want to sleep with your ski instructorwink).

superram Sat 12-Oct-13 18:48:56

Look at soldeu even....

PickledMoomin Sat 12-Oct-13 19:05:48

Do you purchase ski school and lift passes before you go?

massistar Sun 13-Oct-13 11:05:07

Les Gets is lovely for families. That's where I'm going with my 4 and 8 year olds. Book ski school ASAP as they get booked out. Don't have to do lift passes yet.

Ragusa Sun 13-Oct-13 12:12:29

NY is expensive, but you probably know that already!

Yoy need to pick somewhere fairly snow-sure, so highish. I would also go for somewhere with in house childcare - an operator like Esprit Ski might be a good idea. Not cheap, tho. They can provide everything - other operators are Ski Famille, Family Ski Company, Snowbizz.

Ragusa Sun 13-Oct-13 12:14:34

The reason I said in-house childcare is because your fpur year old is unlikely to be up for skiing for more than a couple of hours - too tiring. You, on the other hand ( and 8 yr old) likely to need all-day ski school if it's your 1st time.

PickledMoomin Sun 13-Oct-13 14:09:52


Have any of you used Mark Warner?

We priced it up last night as £6/7k for a week full board with passes and ski school? No idea what the normal cost is because we haven't been before. Does this sound about right?

LIZS Sun 13-Oct-13 14:14:33

Sounds pricey tbh but depends where, what it includes and whether you need it all. Pick a resort with more going on than skiing in case you or dc aren't that keen. NY days are very short and can be cold.

Snowgirl1 Sun 13-Oct-13 16:30:09

I'd say Mark Warner tend to be on the expensive side - but they do have a very good reputation. There are lots of smaller independent companies who are very family friendly that might be worth a look - Ski Famille, Family Ski Company, Le Ski, Ski Esprit (although believe they're part of Inghams).

Don't forget the cost of having to buy ski wear, googles, ski mitts, ski socks, thermals etc.

Ragusa Sun 13-Oct-13 19:37:27

That sounds a lot - as beginners you are unlikely to need a full area ski pass for a big area like val d'isere or similar. Better off coosing a small resort acordingly. I would strongly recommend a specialist family operator for yr first time.

No personal experience of MW but I think they are v £££.

Ragusa Sun 13-Oct-13 19:38:11

choosing blush

thehairybabysmum Sun 13-Oct-13 20:07:55

We had a lovely holiday in Alpe D'huez in France with Crystal sat year when my two were 4 and 6. The crystal childcare was fantastic, fun and v caring. We just booked them into ski school in the mornings only, then used wrap around childcare until 2pm. The Crystal nannies would take the children to the ski lesson, collect them after, they then returned to the crèche and were given lunch; we then collected them at 2 pm. This was great as we felt that we spent plenty of time with them too, in the afternoons we either did some easy skiing on a beginner slope or just chilled/pottered about depending on how tired the boys were.

Are you beginners aso or just the children?

It was a brilliant holiday, both us and the boys loved it!

PickledMoomin Sun 13-Oct-13 20:45:27

You're all so helpful.

I feel totally lost! We're all beginners but DS and DD both have ice skating lessons and are fab. Not sure this makes any difference

Ragusa Sun 13-Oct-13 20:58:39

Tge ice skating may be helpful if they are doing cross country skiing, or for general fitness levels smile

I would maybe consider the folliwing resorts:

Saas Fee (but choose your resort position carefully - eg. near main lifts)
Flaine (ugly but very convenient and snow-sure)
Serfaus - but these latter two are not major package destinations.

I would avoid French mega-resorts at new year. They will be busy and £££

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