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travel around 14th dec 19 - ski schools open?

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after the holly grail it seems, a resort that is going to have enough snow for 5 adults and ski schools open for a 4 year old and probably a 6 year old, there's also a infant in the mix, that needs nothing more than one of use with it.

where would you go at that time of year? the local schools got a bonus xmas week off so the school aged one and their family are free to travel. is it too soon for school sites to take bookings or is it too early for them to have enough clients to bother offering kids group lessons?


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Ischgl, Obergurgl, Sölden.

Obviously the glaciers too, but you're at the mercy of the weather up there (Obergurgl and Sölden too, really).

If the resort is open ski school will be available. Might even be better, as the new seasonaire type instructors might not have arrived, so you probably have a better chance of getting a local 'career instructor' than main season. Group lessons may be harder, though; or maybe just smaller groups?
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I'd go to Les Deux Alpes. It has a broad range of altitudes, so if there's not much snow you can hit the glacier, and if the weather is bad you can stay (relatively) low. It's open, and sometimes has 50% off ski passes at that time of year. I'm pretty sure the ESF is in operation that week as my son has a school trip out there using ESF instructors.
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We've been skiing Saalbach/Hinterglemm for the pre-Xmas week for years. Snow has always been excellent, even in the few "late start" seasons as they have good 100% artificial snow making.

Austrian hotels often have great family facilities (kids stay for free; all day kids-clubs; free crèches etc)
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Ischgl is a good option, it is one of the (if not the) highest non glacial ski area in the alps. It opens at the end of November and the main skiing and nursery areas start at around 2000m. The disadvantage with all high areas is vulnerability to bad weather though the nursery slopes at Ischgl are reasonably sheltered. From your perspective the downside could be lack of village level snow for the kids to play in, though you might be lucky. I dont like the "village" very much but there are not many options early season, especially if you want a good chance of decent snow conditions. Given that anything pre christmas is very much low season you can wait to the last minute to book depending on conditions but can see that might not be so practical with a family group.
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that's for the tips

if it was a single family last minute would be more appealing than catering for 3 different house holds, but its still an option,

after a couple of years out the usual haunts I have used to book seem to have be swallowed up or failed, so this is much more useful than a google search
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I've been to Val Thorens at that time of year, but that was on a Uni ski trip, and I imagine they might well still go there at that time? That would be inclined to put me off if I wanted to travel there as a family (not that I have kids).
There was ski lessons available at that time of year, so don't think that'd be a problem, and as the resort sits at 2300m's chances are there'll be some snow.

Think if I was going to go at that time of year, i'd be looking at Val D'Isere or Tignes as alternatives.
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Lovely time to go, plenty of empty slopes and lots of room to play. Our school used to break up round about that time and it was great. New Head has pushed back to the 19th Dec now....grrrrrr
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Cheesie168 wrote:
Lovely time to go, plenty of empty slopes and lots of room to play. Our school used to break up round about that time and it was great. New Head has pushed back to the 19th Dec now....grrrrrr

the local schools moving buildings , as there's been a rebuild for the last year or so, summer holidays were a bit longer apparently and the big switch and demolition is planned at xmas, so the kids have a super long xmas, most of the parents have not been so pleased with this and I guess the local childminders are making hay while the sunshines, but very handy to beat the rush and get a first trip in
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I'm taking my 10 year-old to Tignes for a Snoworks course around the same time, Dec 13-23. It seems like there are plenty of courses / private instructors / ski schools running at Tignes during that window and everything is relatively inexpensive - cheap flights, cheap airport transfer from Geneva (and kids go free), cheap lift tickets as it's low season, cheap Airbnb as it's empty. I've never been to Tignes but I'm hoping it's not a false economy!
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Tignes would be my choice at that time of year. Stay in Val Claret.
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Val Claret looks nice, how much of a blot on the area is the club med resort though? can't be bothered with hungover clowns getting in the way and thinking they are someone special when it comes to lift lines etc
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Providing the resort is open the ski-school will be taking lessons. Do a search you'll find that lots of resorts have promotions and deals prior to Christmas. La Rosiere is due to open on 14th December and in 20 years of skiing there I've never known the resort not to open on time.
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@bowsaw,
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blot on the area is the club med resort though? can't be bothered with hungover clowns


Nothing like making an assumption then is there?
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skitrack wrote:
@bowsaw,
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blot on the area is the club med resort though? can't be bothered with hungover clowns


Nothing like making an assumption then is there?


previous experience, granted it might be the groups in that trip, but it was as though 18-30's had been resurrected and placed on snow.
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