With the Easter holidays approaching and the Summer break not far behind it is time for many thought to turn to taking a family holiday. Whether it is a beach holiday or a Skiiing one there is lots to consider, of course taking a family skiing holiday is not like taking just any holiday. Unless you are lucky enough to live close to a world class skiing region, the costs of a ski break can be considerably higher than other holidays you take.
The travel and accommodation costs aside, there are the added costs of ski tuition, ski passes, specialist clothing and equipment hire, this was actually the main reason I didn’t apply for the recent Mark Warner Ambassador blogging programme, once we had factored in passports for the kids and the equipment hire, ski passes and clothing hire it was beyond our budget for a family holiday even with the other factors being included within the ambassador programme.
The issue of looking around for the best deals and value for money is particularly heightened for most families. But you will also want to guarantee that your accommodation is clean and comfortable, there is decent snowfall on the slopes and there are a selection of family-friendly après ski activities available.
I have a few friends who ski and the main thing they complain of on their return is the lack of fresh snowfall.
For me the most important factor of all destinations for a ski holiday MUST be the availability of beginner and child friendly pistés. I personally have never skied but whether or not you have for a family holiday the most important factor for most parents is catering for their child’s needs – after all if they aren’t enjoying it or can’t join in the moaning of I’m bored or I don’t like it will become too much on what should be a fun family holiday. With this in mind, the lovely resort of Ravascletto in the Italian Alps makes a perfect ski holiday or school ski trip in Italy. Over 40% of its 22km of slopes are designated as blue (easy) runs and 36% are classed as red (intermediate).
Children have tremendous enthusiasm when introduced to skiing for the first time and are extremely keen to progress and develop their skills quickly, they don’t yet have that inbuilt fear which us adults have, the thing which worries me most about the thought of skiing is getting hurt, thankfully children do not have this fear yet so it is the best age to introduce them to these new skills.
Nestled in the valleys of the beautiful Mount Zoncolan, Ravascletto is a compact village-style resort which never feels overcrowded, either in town or out on the slopes. This is an important consideration for families taking their first steps into skiing. Resorts with slopes crammed with skiiers and snowboarders can be intimidating for younger children needing to build their confidence.
Located in the Friuli region, skiers enjoy spectacular views of the Italian and Austrian Alps, with the lowest pistés at 950m elevation and the highest at 2000m.
The resort is well served by a selection of 11 chair lifts, t-bar lifts, cable car and (particularly popular with the children) “magic carpet” escalator style ski lifts.
The skiing season here runs from around early December to early April and enjoys good snowfall. Over a third of its pistés are served by snow-making equipment to guarantee good skiing.
There is of course expert instructors available in the ski schools for those families arriving for their first skiing holiday all the way through to those wanting to home and improve their skills. I would love to one day take the children skiing as I know they will have so much fun – I however need to overcome the in-built fear I have of breaking a bone or three – perhaps this summer we will visit a local indoor ski slope to see how we all get on.
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