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It might seem a bit strange to start thinking about snow while we bask in this glorious weather, but it really pays to start thinking about your skiing holiday now while the holiday companies and airlines are offering some good early bird deals and you will get the pick of the child care places.

We at Little Skiers have just booked our family skiing holiday for 2010 and we have some useful sites to share with you and some points to consider:

1.    Easyjet and BMiBaby have just started to release their winter flights for the skiing season 2009/2010 so consider booking now to get the best flight deals.  A site worth looking at is http://www.skyscanner.net where you can compare flights from a majority of the low-cost carriers, including all the add-on charges and taxes.

2.    When considering your resort, it is worth looking at the piste maps so you can ensure there are enough blue and nursery runs to keep the little ones amused yet enough of a mix of more difficult runs for you.  Look at skipistemaps.com for up-to-date piste maps for both European and American resorts.

3.    If your children have not skied before, it’s a good idea to have a taster session at a snow dome or dry slope.  During the summer months there are often some good offers on lessons and slope times; for example the Snow dome at Tamworth currently has 30% off lessons.  www.snowdome.co.uk

4.    Where to go?

With very young children and toddlers it is worth finding a resort with minimal transfer times.  Some resorts can have a 3 or 4 hour transfer time on a coach from the airport, which many small children (or parents) cannot cope with. Consider Austrian resorts such a Kaprun, Bad Gastein and Kitzbuhel which are near to Salzberg Airport or French resorts such as Flaine or Morzine, which are close to Geneva airport.  Older children may survive the longer journeys so you will have a larger selection.  For more details and a list of resorts worth considering, look at our section on holidays at www.littleskiers.co.uk/holidays-explained.

Top Family Friendly Destinations to consider:
•    Valmorel, France
•    Flaine, France
•    Borovetz, Bulgaria
•    Rauris, Austria
•    Galtur, Austria
•    Saas-Fee, Switzerland
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5.    When to go?  

Easter ski holidays are a lovely time to go, the Easter break is earlier this season (2010), with most schools finishing on Thursday 1st April 2010.   The days are longer and warmer and although it is more expensive than non-school holiday weeks it is considerably cheaper than the half-term break in February.  But you must consider that warmer weather means higher snow lines and so snow consistency may not be as good as mid-winter, so make sure you go to a high altitude snow-sure resort.  Good late season resorts worth considering are Tignes and Valmorel, France, Yllas, Finland, Obergurgl, Austria, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.  At least you'll be able to ski back to the resort and the nursery slopes won't be a lovely green field.  

These suggestions are meant as a starting point, please do find a good specialist Travel Agent as they will be invaluable in advising you.  Visit www.littleskiers.co.uk for recommendations. We are a family run business, created through experience of just such holidays.  Our website gives more detailed up-to date information on planning a holiday as well as selling quality ski wear, accessories and practical training aides.  There is advice on what you really need to take (and what you don’t need) with a packing list to print off and visit our blog at http://littleskiers.blogspot.com/ for news and snow reports.

our ebay shop Little Skiers Shop sells children's ski clothing and accessories.  We sell high quality clothing from Trespass and Barts and essential skiing accessories.



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