Down with the kids? Why do they love skiing at Christmas?

Family skiing at Christmas
 

See what the real experts think… the kids!

 
We know the reasons why we love to spend Christmas in the mountains, but we decided to get the perspective from our younger customers. It is hardly surprising that their reasons for a love of skiing at Christmas didn’t differ much to ours…
 

 
“Every Christmas I wish for it to snow and the best thing to do with snow is to ski! I love the Christmassy feel in ski resorts with the twinkling lights and decorations. Staying in a chalet at Christmas is great because I can be with all my family and my Mum can relax and not have to cook!”
 

Sarina – aged 12 years 0 months from Hertfordshire

 

 
 
 
“You go skiing at Christmas because it is a great time for your family to get together and have lots of fun! Also Santa Clause will visit you and come and give you presents. It is great if you like fireworks because there are always fireworks for Christmas and New Year’s Eve!”
 

Tane – aged 12 years 2 months from London

 

 
 
 
“It was great – no school! I actually like ski school though, we would go all the way to the top of the mountain, but my sister had to stay at the bottom! – na, na, na, naaaaa.”
 

Joe – aged 7 years 10 months from London

 

 
 
 
“I loved going on holiday in the winter time. Father Christmas came to the chalet and he gave me a lovely little present. I also went ice skating on a real ice rink!”
 

Clara – aged 5 years 2 months from London

 

 
 
 
“I loved all the lights, and getting to see the mountain at night time. It is also really fun being in the snow over Christmas. I remember the horse drawn sleigh up the mountain at night time and there was a disco every day!”
 

Lucy – aged 4 years 8 months from Bedfordshire

 
 


 
 
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There are fantastic Christmas celebrations in all our resorts. Find out all about Christmas ski holidays here…

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Skiworld Style

Skiworld Blogger Competition Winner
 
Our recent competition “How to Look Good on the Slopes” is now closed and we’re delighted to announce the winner; fashion and lifestyle blogger Amy B of amyxi.blogspot.co.uk!
 
Amy created a mood board of skiing clothes and accessories and added some great reasons why she chose each piece. You can take a look at her entry above along with the snap she tweeted in her prize, her new favourite Salomon hoodie!
 
Thank you to everyone who participated, the standard of entries was fantastic and we loved checking out your ski style!
 

 
 

Click here to check out Amy’s super stylin’ blog

 

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The Skiers’ Bucket List

the skier's bucket list
Here at Skiworld, we like to think of ourselves as the experts of all things snowy and mountainous. You want to know where the quiet lift queues are, we can tell you. You want the perfect North American Powder Tour? We’ve got the guys to get you there but yet, even with all of our extensive knowledge of all things ski, there are parts of the world which all of us still long for.  Between everyone here at Skiworld, we must have taken hundreds of chairlifts, hiked our way through miles of mountains and skied our way through thousands of acres of snowy goodness but there are still places which set our imagination racing. So keeping that desire to return to the mountains burning, Ladies and Gentlemen, we present The Skiworld Bucket List!
 
Alaska, Northern Japan and The Gothics in Britsh Columbia – Heli skiing in some of the world’s last true wildernesses! – Tony (guest)
 
The Haute Route between Chamonix and Zermatt – Surely this one is on every real skier’s Bucket List? 6 days of hiking and skiing – Alex (guest)
 
Ski the Hahnenkamm downhill run in Kitzbuhel - Top to bottom with no one on the slopes (hopefully without falling!) – Rob (guest)
 
Val d’Isere, France – Getting first tracks on the ‘La Face’ run when it’s been freshly groomed – Sarah (guest)
 
Laila Peak, Pakistan - It may not be the first to mind but I would love to hike up and ski the steep Laila Peak run in Pakistan. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out! – Michael (guest)
 
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – Purely to NAIL S & S couloir and Corbet’s Couloir. – John (marketing)
 
A powder day at Treble Cone, New Zealand – Still to this day, the best and most challenging resort I’ve skied but never was lucky enough to get decent snow!
 
The Lyngen Alps, Norway – Stay in a log cabin on the water’s edge of a fjord, take a boat to a new mountain each day, hike to the top and ski home. Who doesn’t want to ski Norway?! – Alex (group sales)
 
Heli skiing in Revelstoke, Canada – Staying at ‘The Bighorn’ (trust us on this one… search it for yourself!) – Charlie (sales)
 
Japan – Skiing on volcano mountnains in bottomless powder, immersed in a unique and interesting culture… and eating sushi for lunch every day! – Lilly (operations)
 
Whistler, Canada – A totally different level of powder snow with impeccable Canadian hospitality thrown in… plus a couple of days in Vancouver for good measure (maybe a bit of whale watching for something totally different?!). – Brendan (product)
 
3 Vallees, France – With a difference – A road trip staying a few nights in Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel and living the dream partying, hot tubbing and goggle tanning with best friends! – Sarah (marketing)
 
St Anton, Austria – Revered for its après scene as much as the HUGE and incredible ski area. – Jess (marketing)
 
Alaska, USA – Skiing the huge mountains via a helicopter like a ski movie hero. – Ryan (marketing)
 
Antarctica – Kite-boarding amongst the penguin colonies in the planet’s final frontier! – Ben (sales)
 
Kashmir, Northern India (Himalayas) – Start of in the resort of Gulmarg before taking on a multi-day heli-tour in an ex-Russian army chopper, skiing in some of the planet’s deepest, most untouched and perfect snow, away from all the crowds. – Tom (sales)
 
Valle Navado, Chile – Escape the summer heat for some southern hemisphere skiing in the Andes. Ski in the morning, then drive to the coast in the afternoon and surf in San Antonio! – Gavin (sales)
 
Snowbird & Alta, Utah, USA – Spectacular mountains, and on a powder day you feel like you’re floating on air in the world’s deepest, driest snow. You may need a snorkel! – Nicky (agency sales)
 
La Grave, France – Epic, wilderness and untouched. One lift. That says it all. – Miles (sales)
 
Alta Badia, Italy – Incredible food & wine on and off the mountain. Your waistline might not want you to return…
  – Diane (director)
 
 

Our bucket list seems endless but what’s on YOUR bucket list? Visit out Facebook page here and tell us about it!

 

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Ski New Year 2014/15!


 
 

Summer’s around the corner… That means we’re half way to New Year’s Eve!

 
With that in mind, we’re already thinking about the best way to bring in the new year, and there is nothing quite like New Year’s Eve in a ski resort! With so many to choose from we decided to give you a helping hand by picking some of our favourites. If you have any suggestions of your own please share them with us here, on Facebook or on Twitter
 
 
Gavin – European Sales
Tignes
The best New Year I have spent in the Alps was definitely one in Tignes. In Val Claret there was a resort-wide power cut for a few hours with only log fires and candles providing heat and warmth. There was an amazing atmosphere in the bars and when the power did come back on there were some great bands providing a fantastic soundtrack to party the night away with! Tignes has several villages too, so whether you fancy a chilled out New Year, or you really like to let your hair down… you can be sure there’s a party for you.
 
Brendan – Product
Whistler
I spent the New Year in Whistler a few times! The family friendly evening celebrations in the Village are fantastic. It finishes off with a HUGE firework display from the village plaza making a very memorable new year. For a more lively time, Tommy Africa’s New Year party gave me one particularly memorable night… which I pretty much forgot! All in all, spending New Year in Whistler was so amazing I had to do it more than once!
 
Tom – European Sales
Zermatt
Easy – Zermatt for Christmas AND New Year! The resort is absolute picture-postcard perfect and there’s plenty of welcoming bars for when it’s time to party. Most importantly the skiing is incredible! I don’t think I’ll ever forget the memory of waking up to a new year of fresh snow and the iconic Matterhorn in the disctance.
 
Jess – Marketing
Tignes
There’s always a big party on the piste, often with well know DJ’s and a half an hour firework display which is one of the best I have ever seen! It’s great because you have all the entertainment right outside in resort so there’s no need to spend too much money. If you do get too cold standing outside there is always a great party going on at Loop bar!
 
Jen – European Sales
St Anton
All of the hotels in St Anton have firework competitions so there are literally fireworks going off all around you! Then there’s a massive street party into the early hours with DJs on the balconies of the buildings on the main street and speakers all down the road. Spending New Year with a group of friends, checking out all the different music all through this incredible Austrian resort is… AMAZING!!
 
 

There are fantastic New Year’s eve celebrations in all our resorts. Find out all about New Year ski holidays here…

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Pistes for Pennies



 
If you’re going skiing, you’re going to need a lift pass; it’s a no brainer but how do you know if you’re getting good value for money? Sure, Espace Killy is a pretty grand old ski area at 300km of piste but a pass for Val d’Isere and Tignes will set you back nearly £210 for 6 days. The Milky Way spans both France and Italy and has surely got to be one of the best value ski areas around with 400km of runs for just £170 in high season but are you getting enough piste for your pennies? If you’re the type of skier or boarder who wants value for money with your lift pass and you spend your ski trips eating up those kilometres, you’re going to want to know what to know about the best value lift passes around; you may just be a little surprised…
 

5 – The 3 valleys | Lift Pass £227 | 600km of piste | 38p per KM

It’s an enormous ski area of nearly 600km covering Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Bride les Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Orelle AND Val Thorens and at £227 for a 6 day pass in high season, whilst seemingly pricey, you’re getting a lot of downhill for your dollar in a world class ski area. Advanced skiers will get serious value for money taking on the steeps and chutes in VT whilst beginners and intermediates will love the abundance of cruising blues and sweeping red runs around this vast ski area.
 

4 – Portes du Soleil Pass | Lift Pass £196 | 650km of piste | 30p per KM

The three main resorts or Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets span a huge area covering both France and Switzerland with 650km or slopes to ski and snowboard. Enjoy croissants for breakfast in France before skiing into Switzerland for a traditional fondue lunch and at just 30p a kilometre for your lift pass, you may even be able to get an extra bottle of wine in with dinner!
 

3 – Zillertall Super Ski Pass | Lift Pass £185 | 649km of piste | 29p per KM

It’s not an a ski area that everyone will automatically think of simply because the ski areas aren’t all connected by lifts but this Austrian super pass covers all local resorts including Mayrhofen meaning you can experience a brand new ski area every day of your holiday for less than 30p a killometre. Plus, with your travel between resorts on a local bus service covered by your lift pass, The Zillertall Super Ski Pass is one of the best value lift passes around.
 

2 – The ‘Epic’ Pass | Lift Pass £433 | 2012km of piste | 22p per KM

It’s pretty self-explanatory but to clear it up for you, ‘The Epic Pass’ is, well, EPIC meaning you can ski 2012km of piste all on one piece of plastic. Ski Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt Brighton, Arapahoe basin in North America, Niseko in Japan or even Verbier in Switzerland or the 3 Valleys in France and it’ll only cost you 22p a KM. Surely the best value lift pass around..?
 

1 – Dolimiti Superski Pass | Lift Pass £216 | 1220km of piste | 18p per KM

It’s true. Italy is home to the best value ski pass on the planet. 4 times the size of Espace Killy and more kilometres of piste than every American resort on the Epic pass added together. This Italian giant offers heart-stopping scenery, exceptional eateries and superb skiing at a bargain price. Sometimes over-shadowed by more well-known resorts, The Dolomites ski area is gargantuan and at just 18p a km, it’s also the best value resort around.
 

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Great Group Skiing Tips

tips for group ski trips
 
Whether you’ve got a group of 7 or 67, Skiing as a group with Skiworld is one of the best ways to experience the best bits of a chalet holiday. Sharing a week of laid-back lodgings, delicious food, plentiful wine and mountains of snow (literally) with your friends, you’ll come away with a ton of memories that will make you want to book next year’s trip even before you set foot on the transfer bus home! Whether you’re an experienced booker or a first-timer, our TOP TIPS FOR GROUPS below will keep you on the straight and narrow, making sure your trip is organised with minimum effort but creates maximum enjoyment!
 

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The Tips

 
- Book Early – We’ve had prices available for next season since January. You’ll get the widest choice of chalets with the best features for your group if you get in early.
- Know Your Numbers – Having a firm idea on how big your group is will make searching for a property SO much easier. It just saves a lot of back-and-forthing, which can be stressful.
- Collect Deposits First – If you get people to commit to the idea by giving you a deposit up front, you’ll be ready with the cash to strike when a great deal presents itself
- Prioritise – Making a list of the key features you want in a chalet will narrow down your search before you start. You can give this list to a Skiworld groups consultant and they’ll do the hard work for you, returning a list of the best chalets matching your criteria.
- Know your group – Make sure you know if anyone in your group has any specific requirements such as allergies or more importantly a disability which might restrict your chalet choice.
- Which resort? – Being aware of the different abilities in your group will enable you to choose a resort that will exhilarate everyone, rather than just the experts.
- Ask For A Deal – You may find that you can get a specific group deal if you ask… For example, if you fill a whole chalet with Skiworld you can save up to 20%pp!
- Follow The Leader – Ensure that the role of group leader is assigned to one person. The buck stops with them. It saves any confusion, especially with finances.
- Facebook Me – Set up a Facebook group and add everyone in your group to it. It’s a great way to keep in touch and for the rest of the group to get to know each other before the trip.
- Go All-In – When you get quotes and book, add on lift passes, ski hire and ski carriage at the same time. It makes it easier to organise, and the group will appreciate one easy fixed price to pay off when the balance is due.
- Banking – It’s a good idea to dedicate a bank account for holiday payments. You can keep track of who owes what, and pay your balance by BACS transfer over the internet. Easy!
 

The Chalets

 
Following on from the tips, our Groups Team (Tom and Gavin) have handpicked a selection of chalets below which have come up trumps for the dozens of groups they’ve booked this season:
Chalets Roussette & Altesse – La Plagne – Excellent if you are on a budget, and there is a variety of room types to suit a mixed group.
Chalet Karl Riml – Solden – Another excellent value chalet in an underrated resort with a huge and varied ski area. There is a pub attached and a ‘bar room’ downstairs!
The Aigle Lodge – Tignes – A cracking location for such a big chalet, with the benefit of hotel-like facilities such as a private indoor swimming pool and bar.
Chalet Louisa – Alpe d’Huez – A lovely freestanding chalet to call your own with luxuries such as a private hot tub and sauna.
 
 

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Say Cheese!


 
Lucy Cufflin – chef, foodie and self-confessed Cheese Queen shares her supreme knowledge of Alpine cheese with us. I’m now salivating for a Tartiflette! You can find some stunning recipes (some featuring these cheeses) in Lucy’s excellent cookbook, available from Amazon
 

Switzerland

Possibly the home of all things cheesy in the Alps. Here are two of my very favourite cheeses:
 
APPENZELLER – Similar in style to Gruyere but I think much better in both texture and flavour. It is made in the region of its name in the North East of Switzerland and has been made there for over 700 years.
Classic Appenzeller is about 4 months old and aged or ‘extra’ is over 6 months. It is a hard cheese with a distinct nutty flavour – perfect addition to any fondue or simply melting on a baked potato!
 
SBRINZ – About as close to Parmesan as you will find anywhere – same strength and texture. Made only from cow’s milk and aged to be strong and crumbly. Produced in 42 licenced dairies in Switzerland, it was believed that this was a regional cheese but it’s not. After a successful campaign by the Swiss tourist board a region called Sbrinz was in fact created! The Swiss take their cheese and tourism very seriously and understand they go hand in hand. A great cheese for topping local fresh pastas and soups.
 
 

France

 
BEAUFORT – Being a fan of strong flavoured hard textured cheese, the top of my list has to be Beaufort. Made from milk from cows of the Savoie region in France that graze solely on the summer mountain pastures that lie underneath the ski slopes in the winter. This cheese is made from some of the most luxurious milk in the world. Ripened for months it has a strong but nutty flavour. Splash out and look for the ‘Beaufort d’ete’ – made from the first milk produced in the summer, the very best and well worth it. Excellent for cheese sauces, additions to fondues, great on a cheese board or as part of a pack up.
 
ROQUEFORT – I know a little predictable but because this sheep’s milk cheese has a unique strong saltiness that other blues do not have I have to have it my top 10. Mentioned in writings as far back as AD79 it is certainly one of the oldest named cheeses. History suggests that a shepherd boy left his cheese in a cave or under some rocks when distracted by a girl and coming back some months later his ordinary sheep’s cheese had transformed into the blue cheese we know today. True or not this cheese remains one of the best known blue cheeses in the world and there is good reason for it – it tastes just fabulous!
 
REBLOCHON – From Northern Savoie – The word ‘reblocher’ meaning to ‘re-block’ – gives this cheese its name as the peasant farmers in ancient times were charged rent on the land according to the amount of milk produced by their herd. The canny farmers blocked their cow’s udders during the first milking to reduce the quantity then returning for a second milking later in the day – they made their cheese from his second milking and it richness contributes to the strong and nutty flavour of this soft unpasteurised cheese. The rind is the really tasty part so it is best baked , rind upwards so it crisps. To increase sales of this lesser known French cheese the Northern Savoie Tourist board renamed a classic peasant dish of potatoes, cheese, smoked ham and wine and created a ‘local speciality’ – they were extremely successful. ‘Tartiflette’ was born in the late 70s and has become a mountain classic increasing the sales of Reblochon cheese over 100 fold!
 
MONT D’OR – Made in the Jura region of France and also over the border in Switzerland. Made between September and March when the cows come down into the valleys and there is not enough milk produced to make Comté (a classic hard cheese similar to Emmental). This is a soft cheese with a salty rind and packed into a wooden box so it looks like a deep Camembert. You simply remove the lid and bake and enjoy it as you would a cheese fondue – who said the French don’t do ‘fast food’!
 
Lucy Cufflin
 
 

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Where’s the Snow Been This Winter?

Which resorts had the best snow in the 2013/14 season?
 

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There’s less clouds in the air and more and more of us are replacing thick winter coats and scarves with t-shirts and sunglasses. Winter, it seems, is well and truly over for another year.
As snow in the resorts slowly turns into this summer’s streams and rivers, we take a look back on the 2013/14 snowfall and see how some of the top resorts faired this ski season…

 

Val d’Isere

One of Europe’s premier resorts and a favourite with British skiers, Val d’Isere is a resort which holds snow well. The 13/14 season started slowly for the Savoyard town with a light flurry of snow in November not materialising into much more than a dusting. Skiers and boarders were made to hold out until around Christmas where holiday makers enjoying the New Year were treated to 60cm of fresh, crisp snow.
February saw the best snow for Val with nearly a metre and a half falling throughout the month. But so far this season, snowfall isn’t looking as good as last year. Just over 4 metres have fallen so far this season compared to nearly 6 metres last year… Maybe the clouds have got one more snow dump left in them before the resort closes?
 

Alpe d’Huez

If you were lucky enough to be a Southern Alps skier this year, you were treated to arguably the best and freshest conditions of any of the big European resorts. Both Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes did well this season with February being notably bountiful; over a metre and a half of snow falling in the last week of the month, setting up some perfect spring conditions.
Overall, nearly 5 metres of snow has fallen this season ‘down south’ and is holding well under the spring sunshine with nearly all the lifts still open. Looks like Alpe d’Huez is the resort to be in this Easter!
 

Whistler

Renowned for its regular snowfall and deep powder, Whistler didn’t exactly live up to expectations at the beginning of the season. The snow cannons worked hard through November and December but when heavy snow fell at the beginning of January, things were looking up… For a short while anyway.
Unfortunately for Canada’s premier resort, that was the last of any meaningful snow for another month. But then, in February, as though the snow gods had been holding it back as a teaser for Whistler skiers and boarders, the snow started to fall and forgot to stop for 15 days straight when 2 metres of snow fell in 2 weeks!
March’s snowfall went 28cm better and Whistler ended up receiving nearly 4 and half metres of snow in 2 months. Better late than never.
 

Vail

Vail probably gets the award for the steadiest snowfall for the season this year. It started coming down in December and just seemed to get topped up every week, leaving skiing conditions about as good as they could be. Goggle tans and powder have been the order of the season.
The only really heavy snow came at the start of January and end of February, when Vail-ites struggled to see the sky for a week.
Like the fable of the tortoise and the hare, the snow kept falling steadily rather than in sporadic dumps, and all in, Vail’s snowfall sits at an impressive 609cm for the season.
 

Zermatt

Zermatt always does well with snow and this year was no exception. Heavy snowfall in late Autumn and early winter when over 2 metres fell helped keep the base layer at the top of the resort nice and deep all season.
December was looking quiet as far as weather goes in Switzerland before a metre of the white stuff came down in time for the New Year’s holidays. Snow fell at a steady rate all season in Zermatt and kept conditions perfect for skiers and boarders. At just shy of 4 metres so far this season, it’s a vast improvement on recent years for the chic Swiss resort.
 

St Anton

Poor poor Austria. It’s struggled for snow this year and its flagship resort didn’t help bring up its snowy status. There was a severe lack of snow before Christmas with just 30cm falling before the New Year in St Anton.
With the rest of the European resorts benefitting from heavy February snowfall, Austrian resorts waited patiently across the border but unfortunately this season, it just didn’t happen for St Anton.
The picture sounds worse than it was, there was enough snowfall to cover the resort and a late flurry in March made for some excellent spring skiing conditions but so far this season, St Anton’s total snowfall sits at a disappointing 270cm compared with 425cm last year.
 
So there you have it. An on and off season across the board. But despite any weeks with little or no snow, everyone seems even MORE excited to be skiing this year. We’ve had some excellent feedback from all resorts, proving that skiing and snowboarding is just as infectious as ever. We’ve certainly all still got the bug!
 
 

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Snow Festival Season

Snow Festivals | Skiworld Blog
 
Some die hard skiers love nothing more than layering up in as many thermals as they can squeeze into, strapping on a face mask and slipping on sheepskin lined gore-text uber mittens before heading out skiing in the deepest winter months… But for some, a ski holiday is just as much about the sunshine and long afternoons in the alpenglow as it is about being cold and up to your eyeballs in snow! Here are some great festivals that are taking place in the Alps in the coming weeks so you can make the most of your spring ski trip.
 

Altitude Comedy Festival, Mayrhofen, 31 March-4 April

Normally it’s the legs which ache after a ski holiday, but Altitude makes sure your stomach muscles get a good work out with the level of comedy they bring to the slopes. Based in Mayrhofen it boasts some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit including John Bishop, Al Murray, Tommy Tiernan and Terry Alderton appearing this season.
 
There’s a multitude of shows available throughout the week from apres ski, stand up and even musical comedy which when mixed with the famous Austrian party vibe guarantee memories made off the slopes are just as memorable as on the slopes.
 
“Laugh until you cry with the best comedians – there’s no better way to get over a hard day on the slopes than the distraction of the funniest stories told with perfect timing.” – SH
 
 

Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt, 8-12 April

Described as “a meeting point for fans of unadulterated sounds” with a slightly more ‘adult’ feel this is a festival with an acoustic/jazz theme, played in amazing venues in both the town centre and on the mountain. There is a sophisticated feel to the line up with musicians including Tom Odell, Katie Melua, Mick Hucknall and Jamie Cullum featuring in 2014, plus the New Talents stage gives up and coming bands exposure to an international audience.
 
“…listening to amazing music with the sun setting over the Matterhorn after a whole days skiing in Zermatt, cant really beat that! ” – Oli DLV
 
 

The Brits, Tignes, 29 Mar-5 Apr

Going 25 years strong The Brits is the original winter festival and clearly doing something right with the crowds that return year after year. Calling a world-famous resort its home means the ultimate combination of skiing and off-piste entertainment with a lineup for this season including Tek One, Starsky, Sunset, The Dominos, DJs TonyB, Lukey P and Demo Mode.
 
There’s also a strong emphasis on skiing and snowboarding since The Brits hosts the annual British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, as well as freestyle demonstrations from the best UK boarders and skiers. Following up from the success of the games in Sochi this is likely to draw in big numbers.
 
Snow festivals offer a new experience to dance and sing on the snow instead of the grass! And great scenery!” – CH
 
 

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, 7-12 April

Snowbombing is a festival of fun filled days and nights, melding into one crazy week on the slopes. It’s one of the biggest and for good reason – on the bill this year are The Prodigy, Chase and Status, The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada and Carl Cox amongst others.
 
There’s a full roster of activities throughout the week, so whether it’s spending time on the slopes working on the goggle tan and enjoying the breath-taking ski area or donning a fancy dress ensemble for the Lederhosen Street Party there’s no dull moments to report.
 
“My two favourite things in life are snowboarding and music festivals, so I couldn’t think of a better combination… snowboarding all day with the sun shining followed by partying all night to the best DJs…” Nicky
 
 

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Family fun in the snow

Family Ski Holidays with Skiworld
 
Your annual ski holiday can be the highlight of the year. A wintery retreat away with your partner, friends, workmates…but how about the children? It can be a daunting prospect to think about swapping your ‘first lift’ morning dash and après afternoons with ski school planning and snowman building competitions but is that really such a bad thing? We think sharing your passion for the piste with your little ones might be the best decision you’ve ever made and here’s just a few reasons why:
 
Pass it on – If you love skiing, chances are your children will too! Everyone remembers their first few ski trips and how fun it was so why not give your little ones the chance to master the snow plough and get their very first goggle tan to show off in the playground.
 
The next James ‘Woodsy’ Woods or Jenny Jones – With so much excitement surrounding British snow sports right now, there’s no better time to introduce your little ones to the mountains; we all have to start somewhere and who knows, you might have a future superstar under your roof!
 
Child friendly chalets – It’s easy to associate chalet holidays with good food and boozy evenings but many Skiworld chalets come with bunk beds, connecting rooms and offer high tea and games to make the youngsters feel just as welcome.
 
Deals! – Depending on how old your kids are, they can enjoy everything from free lift passes to discounted chalet places depending on what time of year it is so don’t rule out taking the whole family away because of price; it may be a lot cheaper than you think.
 
If they don’t like skiing, that’s fine too! – Whether it be hot chocolate drinking, snowman building, sledge riding or snow angel making, a family ski holiday can be a great chance to introduce your children to all the excitement a ski resort can bring.
 
Taking the children away for the first time may not exactly be skiing as you know it but it could be the start of something pretty special. Many resorts have child friendly development areas on the piste and specialist ski schools so you know your little ones will be in safe hands. And you never know, give it a couple of years and they could be the ones shouting at you to keep up!
 
 

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