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Need a resort with childcare, good skiing and hiking options for non-skiers

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FatGirlsCanSki Tue 11-Apr-17 20:43:31

Hoping people can help with ideas. We had a great ski holiday this year staying in Austria at a Kinderhotel. unfortunately it is fully booked for half term next year and other options are as well.

Can anyone suggest places to look at that fit the following criteria.

1. Full childcare, not just ski school as we have toddlers and ski avoiders as well as keen child skiers.
2. Good skiing for a confident skier
3. Good skiing for a nervous skier
4. Options for non-skiers who do like hiking & snow shoeing.
5. Ideally all inclusive & slopes within walking distance.
6. Can drive too.

We are so confused. Looked at Esprit but seemed very expensive. Not sure what to do next.

drspouse Thu 13-Apr-17 02:28:18

I was going to say Esprit but it is extortionate for half term!

DPotter Thu 13-Apr-17 02:46:57

Esprit is the gold standard and in my view you get what you pay for with ski-ing. Their childcare is excellent and the old saying holds true happy kids, happy parents.
Don't bother with Scott Dunn - more expensive and childcare was crap

LeftoverCrabsticks Thu 13-Apr-17 11:46:43

Les Arcs 1950.. I saw lots of people snowshoeing around (seems to be quite a thing compared to other places I've been) There's the Cariboo Club for childcare and ski school. And everywhere is ski in ski out. You can choose full board etc with the apartment if you want.

The route back in can get a bit hectic late in the day but you can always download on the gondola from 2000 if you're nervous.

LIZS Thu 13-Apr-17 11:51:54

Try kidshotel in Switzerland. Alphuebel in Saas Fee might fit the bill , you can also stay at the Waldesruh which is nearer the lifts and use the same childcare facilities.

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iseenodust Thu 13-Apr-17 12:00:37
Extensive walking & sledding trails. Not sure if can drive with this company but there will be others. We did fly/train and that was brilliant.

LIZS Thu 13-Apr-17 12:02:22

Lol I'm not sure you'd want to drive to Arosa in Winter! Train is pretty straightforward though.

FatGirlsCanSki Thu 13-Apr-17 18:01:19

Thanks all. Some great suggestions. We do need to drive as one family aren't coming from the UK mainland & flights are prohibitive for them.

Will check out all the suggestions

DPotter Thu 13-Apr-17 20:23:42

Wasn't impressed with Powderbyrne's child care either - despite the cost. The office intern was DD carer one half term - she had no childcare experience at all !

redjumper Sun 23-Apr-17 15:16:46

You have the same requirements as we usually do, balancing ski/non-ski and childcare requirements. We just had a terrible holiday in Zermatt so I'd avoid that. activities for non skiers were prohibitively expensive eg £50 for a return ticket up the mountain as a foot passenger.
We have had good Mark Warner holidays, they have good childcare on site. I think their only family hotels are all in France now. And as a package company, if you don't need the flights then perhaps it wouldn't suit.

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