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A court has supported 3 families who refused to pay fines for taking their children out of school for a holiday. Esprit Ski supports the development.

The case happened at Salisbury magistrates court and we reported on it here.

The three families were fined for unauthorised absence by Swindon Borough Council.

The penalties were overturned at Salisbury Magistrates' Court because the attendances of the children at school were good.

Now the family ski operator, Esprit Ski, has suppported the legal development.

"It is a fundamental right that parents should be allowed to make decisions that affect their family, whether it be based on social, educational or financial terms," said Programme Director of Esprit Ski, Ian Hope.

"We at Esprit recognise that for many families there is no choice except to take holidays during term time."

"We couldn't agree more that school has to be the absolute priority at key times running up to critical exams for example, that could affect a child's long-term prospects."

"But at Esprit, we are not talking about teenagers about to take GCSE's or A-levels, but about toddlers and children under 10, for whom the physical activity, self-confidence, social skills and family bonding a ski holiday involves are every bit as important - and we believe even more life-enhancing - than another 5 days in the classroom," Hope continued.

"At Esprit we are able to provide holidays for families throughout the winter, both in the school holidays as well as during the term."

Recently there has been much attention around and news on the topic of parents taking their children out of school during term for holidays.

Remember the court case of Jon Platt for refusing to pay the fine for taking his daughter out of school for an unauthorised term-time ski holiday?

Check PlanetSKI's close reporting on the events and progress of the case here.

Platt has gone on to help other parents stung by the fine to fight for their money back.

Esprit Ski has launched some family ski deals to celebrate.

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The company has chalets in Alpe d'Huez, Belle Plagne, Courchevel 1850, Gressoney, La Rosiere, Les Arcs 2000, Let Gets, Meribel, Obergurgl, Peisey-Les Arcs, St Anton, Tignes and Val d'Isere.













Esprit Ski offers family holidays to the Alps especially for those with young children by having a range of child care options to suit children aged from 4 months to 10 years.

  • A family of four can enjoy a week's catered board in Tignes in Chalet Canvolan from £1,399, flights included, departing 8th January.
  • Visit iconic Courchevel 1850 and a family of four can stay in the Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 from £1,599, with flights included, departing 15th January.
  • Ski at high altitude in Les Arcs 2000 where a family of four costs from £1,899, flights included, in Chalet McKinley (departing 22nd January).

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Visit Esprit Ski's website here for more sample prices of the holidays on offer.

If you and your family are new to skiing, read more here about why Esprit Ski thinks it's important to get your kids skiing for development as well as for fun.

Here's Esprit's snow report from one of its resorts, Val d'Isere:

To see more on Esprit Ski's award that was given earlier this year, read PlanetSKI's report here.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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