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Taking a trip to the snow is one of the most fun and exciting things that you can do on your family holidays. There’s simply something magical about a skiing vacation, and there’s something that every age and skill level can enjoy when you choose the right resort. If you’re looking for the best places to hit the snow on your next holiday, here are some of the top ski resorts that the whole family can enjoy.

The Remarkables

Located just 45 minutes from the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, The Remarkables is popular with families who want to stay in town and travel to the slopes in between their other holiday activities. From gentle beginner terrains which encourage a steady progression, to adrenaline pumping Black Diamond runs for the passionate ski experts, The Remarkables ski fields can cater for every ability within your family. Their kids clubs are extensive and well planned, and there are plenty of great facilities when you’re ready for a warm drink and a bite to eat. Why not add a ski adventure at The Remarkables to your Queenstown holiday, and enjoy the best that the area has to offer.

Treble Cone

Here is a ski field that actively markets itself as being family friendly, with something on offer for all ability levels and ages. With great value family passes on offer and full gear available to hire, Treble Cone makes a day on the slopes a fun and affordable experience. There are specialised lesson systems for all ages, from one on one introduction classes for the little ones to exciting group lessons for kids aged 5 and over. There’s plenty of action to be had for the older and more experienced skiers as well, with a range of slopes tailored to suit all ability levels. With professional childcare available and a warm café looking out over the kids slopes for parents, Treble Cone lives up to its reputation as being one of the best family ski fields around.

Mount Hutt

Another family favourite, Mount Hutt sweetens the snow holiday deal by offering a very special promotion to families with children who are less than 10 years of age. For every paying adult, the Kids4Free program offers free travel, accommodation, meals and skiing to any child under 10 in partnership with local participating businesses. This initiative is one of the most innovative ways to make your next ski holiday as affordable as it is enjoyable. They offer a range of specialised kids clubs, beginner slopes and some serious advanced challenges for those seeking a bit more of an adrenaline rush. The whole family is well and truly catered for when you choose to holiday at Mount Hutt.

New Zealand offers some of the best ski slopes for families to enjoy their snow holidays together. When you’re looking for a great family getaway, keep these top ski resorts in mind to ensure that your getaway is truly the trip of a lifetime.

(This post was written by Emma Jane)

  • Baqueira Beret, Spain

Baqueira Beret, Spain


Baqueira Beret, Spain

The finest ski station in Spain boasts state-of-the-art ski lifts, more kilometres of piste than any other, and its strategic orientation pretty much guarantees good snow. This year there’s an added attraction: the Refugi de San Miguel, a designer bar set on the slopes of Port de la Bonaigua. Offering a selection of tempting tapas by the celebrated restaurateurs Dani Garcia and Paco Roncero, it’s all set to be the new on-trend rendezvous for skiers. The tasty morsels are perfect to pair with the great Spanish San Miguel beer, or the Baqueira cocktail, a treat concocted specially by renowned mixologist Javier de las Muelas.

 

  • Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

In Haute-Savoie, in the heart of the French Alps,
this is one of the most prestigious ski stations in all Europe. Together with Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, in the Three Valleys, it forms the biggest ski area in the world with over 300 pistes and multiple themed areas for recreational skiing. The big designer brands – Valentino, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fendi and Gucci… – are bound to be on display here to dazzle and delight fashionistas from around the world.

 

  • Zermatt, Switzerland

One of the best known and most exclusive ski resorts in Switzerland, nestled in the valley at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt first became internationally famous in the 1860s when the Matterhorn was first attempted and subsequently grew to be a resort for mountaineers and skiers. Almost all vehicles here are electric, making it a car-free holiday resort that retains its original charm. The ski zone is criss-crossed by mountain railways, ski-lifts and cable cars and boasts over 300 kilometres of pistes. The Paradise Glacier is the highest spot in Europe reachable by cable car and offers a superb 360° view of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps.

 

  • Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen, Colorado, USA

After hosting the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1950, Aspen became one of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts, a reputation that continues today, as it is popular with celebrities such as Kevin Costner and Antonio Banderas. The Colorado station may seem familiar to film buffs, too, as it has served for location shoots on a number of occasions, including being the setting for the crazy adventures of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber.

 

  • Lech Zurs, Austria

In the Austrian Alpine region of Arlberg, Lech Zurs is considered one of the best ski resorts in the world. Frequented by the beautiful people and full of glamour, the ski resort is popular with royalty, which, once you know the place, makes perfect sense: marvellous slopes, a picture-postcard village and breath-taking scenery. Quality is guaranteed in the lifts, the hotels, and on the slopes. They even limit the number of skiers to ensure a better experience.

 

  • Grandvalira, Andorra

All eyes are on Andorra’s famous Grandvalira resort this year, firstly because the mythical Soldeu Avet track is hosting two test circuits for the  Women’s World Cup Alpine Skiing, but also thanks to a particular deal available this season: a treat designed especially for the girls, this one-day package includes the chance to ski with Spanish Olympic medalist and former World Cup alpine ski racer Blanca Fernandez Ochoa.

 

  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The ‘pearl of the Dolomites’ and a favourite gem among the jet set, Cortina d’Ampezzo’s fame dates back to 1956 when the resort hosted the Winter Olympics. Add to that the sheer beauty of the landscape characterised by 3,000 metre peaks such as Tofana, Cristallo and Marmolada, the highest in the Dolomites. Not only does the area boast great skiing, but there are also the attractions of the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo set at 1,200 metres and offering a host of shops, hotels and restaurants and a lively atmosphere both day and night.

 

  • Crans Montana, Switzerland

Synonymous with luxury, style and class even among those who know it only by name, the Crans Montana ski resort offers year-round activity: the winter is enlivened by all types of winter sport, and in summer there is fine golfing and other outdoor activities. The strategic south-facing location provides long hours of sunshine and a spectacular panoramic view of the Valais and the Swiss mountains. This icy dominion includes 150 kilometres of slopes ranging from 1,500 metres at the base of the station up to 3,000 metres on the Plaine Morte glacier, with its spectacular 12 kilometre cross-country skiing circuit.

 

  • Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada

The spectacular Rocky Mountains provide the setting 
for Whistler, the biggest ski resort in North America – so big, in fact that you could spend a two week skiing break here without repeating a piste. Together with Vancouver, Whistler was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics and it is one of the best places in the world to practise heliski. Add to this the wooded slopes and the open slopes, the skiing from 2,300 metres to 600 metres, the wide range of snow-based activities and sports… there are plenty of reasons to visit.

 

  • Saalbach-Hinterglem, Austria

In the valley of Saalbach-Hinterglem, close to Salzburg, this is a magnificent location for skiing. The name is taken from the two towns Saalbach and Hinterglemm, which are practically on the slopes themselves. There are some 200 kilometres of wide, long pistes with sections for all skill levels, all very well connected and accessible. The lively apres ski atmosphere guarantees an enjoyable break.

(Source: HELLO DAILY NEWS)

 

The Board of Directors for Snow Sports Industries America (SIA) has announced a shift in SIA Snow Show dates to an earlier mid-January time slot beginning in 2013. The Snow Show will begin on Saturday, January 12th and run through Tuesday, January 15th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The On-Snow Demo will follow the Show at Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch on January 16th and 17th.

In 2014, the SIA Snow Show will follow the same mid-January pattern and begin on Saturday January 11th through Tuesday, January 14th followed by the On-Snow Demo on January 15th and 16th. This mid-January/Saturday start will be used for all future Snow Show dates. SIA will be working closely with buying groups, regional rep associations and retailer associations to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The Board’s decision came after analysis of the industry’s current buy/sell cycle, changing production lead times, as well as date conflicts with major holidays and trade events including an overlap with ISPO beginning in 2012. Given all of the factors and constituencies SIA’s Board had to consider, the goal was to provide Show dates that would benefit the majority of the industry.

”In 2002, the SIA Snow Show was moved from March to January with the goal of creating a national show to kick off the buy/sell cycle where retailers could truly ‘See it, Try it, Buy It’. With the increase in private line previews, regional and national trade shows, the Board of Directors felt the Show needed to adjust to changes in the marketplace,” commented David Ingemie, SIA’s president.

The SIA Snow Show, January 31- February 3,  2013  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, will deliver the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It will be the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports for 13.14 will be presented. Industry professionals will meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars to feel the true essence of snow sports.

 

SIA SNOW SHOW

Thursday, January 31 — Sunday, February, 3 2013
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado USA

Thursday, January 31
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Sunday, February 3
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Get more show information, click “here“.


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