Banff is Canadian skiing at its most natural – three ski areas and a proper little railway town, all set in Canada’s first national park. Your whole trip is spent in parkland, surrounded by untouched scenery and wildlife. Transfers to the mountains are by coach, but it’s likely to be the most beautiful coach trip you’ve ever taken. And you’ll get to meet some of the locals along the way – bighorn sheep, elk or even the elusive moose. Mountain stats Ski area size: 7,748…Continue Reading “AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BANFF”

Steaming hot chocolates, snowball fights and ski school stories … everyone remembers their first family ski holiday. We sent the Wing family to Passo Tonale for first ski lessons, fresh snowfall and family time on the mountain. Here are their best shots. Grand Hotel Paradiso Crystal Childcare onsite Virtually ski-in, ski-out Trampolines, soft play and games Swimming pool and wellness centre The Wings stayed in the Grand Hotel Paradiso in the beginner and intermediate resort of Passo Tonale in Italy. It’s an easy pick for…Continue Reading “FIRST FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY”

Choosing the right ski resort for your family holiday can take a bit of planning, particularly if it’s your first time skiing together. Keep these pointers in mind and you’ll have a new family tradition before you know it. Small is beautiful More compact resorts tend to be easier to get around, because everything you need is close by and nobody needs to walk too far. Consider choosing a smaller ski area too, so that learners can build up their confidence on a set of…Continue Reading “HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY SKI RESORT”

Skiing in Avoriaz, France

Find your perfect holiday with Crystal’s Winter 19/20 Guide to the Mountain. It’s packed with tips on where to ski and stay next, inspiring images and articles, and resort profiles to compare side by side. We’ve got more than 120 resorts to choose from, across Europe and North America, so you can create the right holiday for you, whether you’re first timers or seasoned pros. Ski Italia A quick-glance guide to Italian ski resorts and how to pick the right one. Choose Andorra Reasons to…Continue Reading “HOW TO GET MORE FROM YOUR WINTER 19/20 SKI HOLIDAY”

France is a real favourite for families, and with good reason. There’s a lot of variety in French ski resorts, so you can find a holiday that works for the whole family. It’s got huge ski areas with pistes to suit everyone, from beginners up to advanced skiers. In purpose-built resorts, the ski schools and nursery slopes are easy to reach if you’re picking up little learners in the afternoon. And kids can generally start ski school from three years old in France, whereas Italian,…Continue Reading “BEST FRENCH SKI RESORTS FOR FAMILIES”