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Easter Family skiing in the Tirol
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Next half term will be busy and much has already sold out. But with an early Easter next year the clever families are looking at an Easter getaway. But is it better to book now or hang on?

The February half-term of 2015 is the perfect storm.

Many of the major countries in Europe all having their half-term break in the same week, February 14th.

February is the middle of winter with the perceived best snow.

Most people think it will be the ideal time for a ski holiday.

The reality is that prices are high and the slopes will be packed.

So, this coming season why not look at Easter?

It will be cheaper. There will be less crowds. The days will be longer.

There will almost certainly be more sun and perhaps more snow too.

Most schools break up on Friday 27th March with Good Friday falling earlier on 3rd April.

This means the choice of where to ski is bigger with many resorts having another few weeks of the season left.

Here at PlanetSKI we reckon Easter will be a good bet next winter and advise people to book early to take advantage of the special offers that include free lift passes for under 15s plus discounts on accommodation, rentals and ski schools.

There will be some late deals available, but there are some pretty good offers now from the tour operators.

And if you are thinking of going independently then the best flight prices are now.

The company, Ski-Flights.com, has cheap flight heading to Innsbruck; see here for details.

One of our partner ski areas, the Tirol in Austria, has just released a list of resorts to head to with some special offers thrown in.

Alpbach - Ski Juwel for Families

It's been two years since the Alpbach and Wildschönau valleys were linked by lift to create the Ski Juwel - here at PlanetSKI we visited as the link opened.

It has a combined ski area of over 100km and is one of the 10 biggest ski areas in the Tirol region.

Prices start from €899 for a family of 4, based on 2 adults and 2 children (up to the age of 15), and includes 7 nights in a self-catering apartment and a 6 day Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski pass.

You can be clever with flights and instead of choosing Saturday to Saturday go for Sunday to Sunday.

Travel one day later on Sunday 29th March, where currently flights are a more respectable £250 per person.

Families and children are well taken care of in the Alpbach Valley, with dedicated children's areas and valley lifts in Reith, Alpbach and Kramsach.

All guests also receive a free Alpbachtal Seenland Card with numerous benefits and discounts.

Use of the local ski bus network, a weekly sport and outdoor programme, as well as entrance to various attractions and discounts on shopping and restaurants are generally included.

See the Alpbach Tourist Board for more details: www.alpbachtal.at. 

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As we said earlier PlanetSKI visited the Ski Juwel area in 2013 - it was January, so different conditions to Easter, but our video snow report from the time will give you an idea of what the area is like.  And may put you in the mood for winter as the snow was heavy Smile

Free lift passes in the Wilder Kaiser

The Wilder Kaiser resorts of Söll, Ellmau, Scheffau and Going have some special offers during the Family Ski weeks.

Childen under 15 are entitled to a free lift pass for the 90 lifts and 280kms of slopes when accompanied by a parent. The offer is valid from 14th March until 12th April 2015.

The ski school and childcare facilities in each resort in the Wilder Kaiser are good for families, while Scheffau also has on-mountain childcare.

In Scheffau you can head to the top station of the Brandstadl lift as a family, sign-up the children at the Schneepiraten KidsClub and then head straight on to the slopes.

For apres-ski there is curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides and tobogganing.

A 7-night stay in a self-catering apartment in Scheffau starts from €600 for a family of 4, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

Accommodation can be searched on the Wilder Kaiser tourist board website here. Flights to Innsbruck are available with easyJet and British Airways from Gatwick and with Monarch from Manchester.

See the Wilder Kaiser web site for more information: www.wilderkaiser.info. 

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Neustift - free ski & boot hire and tobogganing     

The resort of Neustift is ideal for families.  It will have some great skiing on offer on the nearby Stubai glacier.

There are some quiet beginner slopes at Elfer but most of the action is at Stubai, Austria's largest glacier ski area. It is a 20-minute bus ride down the valley.

There are a total of 110km of snowsure slopes to explore, as well as excellent childcare facilities.

The Ski Club Micky Maus takes children from 4 - 14 yrs and there is also a non-skiing kindergarten for children from 3 yrs old.

One of our tour operators partners Crystal Ski (www.crystalski.co.uk; 020 8234 6400) has 7 nights at the 4* Alpenhotel Tirolerhof on half board, with prices starting from £2332, based on a family of 3 in a triple room, departing on 28th March.

Price includes flights and resort transfers. In addition guests benefit from free ski and boot hire, free toboggan hire and children up to 10 years old receive a free lift pass.

Aside from skiing children can learn a bit of geography too exploring the new ice grotto on the Stubai Glacier, which will open for 2014/15.

At an altitude of almost 3,000 meters, near the Eisgrat lift station, a new ice cave lies 30 metres beneath the ski slope.

Created in collabration with glaciologists from the University of Innsbruck, children can learn all about the origins of the glaciers; how and when the individual layers of ice are created, why glacier ice shimmers blue and what is meant by glacial milk.

For more information about Stubai visit www.stubaier-gletscher.com

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Obergurgl - free ski hosting, children's rental and lift passes

For a family skiing holiday one of the top priority is convenience, with accommodation close to the ski lifts, as well as full day ski school facilities, snow-sure slopes and a good selection of runs.

Take your family to one of Austria's highest and most snow sure resorts, Obergurgl, with the leading family ski specialist, Esprit Ski.  The company is also a partner of PlanetSKI's and offers a comprehensive range of child care for children aged 3 -12 years.

Esprit Ski (espritski.com 01483 791900) has Chalet Verwall for £1,029 per adult and children from £514, this excellent chalet provides a real "home from home" for families and ensures great skiing with easy access to the slopes.

This price is based travelling on the 5th April and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers, free wifi, use of the sauna, free ski hosting and seven nights catered chalet accommodation with a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, children's high tea and 4-course dinners with complimentary wine.

Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.

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So with half-term bust and Easter early now may be the time to book a late-season family trip.

For further information and advice on family skiing then see this PlanetSKI guide that is packed full of useful tips and advice.

For more information on the Tirol region see here -  www.visittirol.co.uk. 

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