Crystal Family Ski Day at the Snow Centre

Crystal Family Ski Day at the Snow Centre

What could be better than spending the last of the school half-term holiday skiing with my girls at the nearby Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead? I don’t think you can beat that!

My family is very passionate about skiing and we were very pleased to be invited by Crystal Ski Holidays and Pierre & Vacances for a lovely day full of skiing and activities for little ones too.

at the snow centre 3

We have been to the Snow Centre before when Isabelle was much younger and many things have changed since then. She is a confident skier now and you could have watched her journey to skiing on my blog since she was 3 years old.

Isabelle skiing

Isabelle aged 3 skiing in the Czech Republic

Now it was also Olivia’s turn to give it a go, and I was very happy to see how excited she was as skiing is one of my big loves and cannot wait to go for a family ski holiday with daddy and the girls soon.

You might know that thanks to my family living in the Czech Republic very close to the “Krusne Hory” Mountains we go skiing there every winter, and that’s where Isabelle learnt to ski. It’s not the same as in the Alps, but just perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers.


Unfortunately going skiing once a year for a week is not the same like skiing every weekend from November till March how I was used to as a little girl. My nephew and niece who live in the Czech Republic ski like professionals and I would love for my girls to have more opportunities to improve their skiing too.

When we went to the Snow Centre for the first time I had no idea what to expect, but I was nicely surprised about the quality of the snow. This year I actually skied with Isabelle as she wanted me to help her to improve her technique.

skiing rocks

Skiing “roooocks”!

When Olivia was having fun with other bloggers’ children in the snow crafts room indoors and the snow garden out on the slopes while being looked after by the Crystal Ski Holiday childcare, we had a chance to spend 2 fabulous hours on the ski slopes.

The giant wall paper with mountains really makes you feel like you are at the top of the world!

at the snow centre

As every year at the beginning of the ski season Isabelle was a bit unsure for the first few rides, but then she got her confidence back and she skied so well, and made me very proud.

The same was about the ski lift, the first few times she needed some help, but then she decided it was time to do it on her own and she mastered it without any problems.

I felt like crying watching her skiing down, as I can still remember doing so with my dad who was teaching me when I was little, and who would have been so proud to see her how good she is.

Unfortunately he is no longer with us, but the memories will nobody take away from me.

When Olivia put her ski gear on, and carried her skis to the little slopes for the beginners, I was a bit anxious. I was hoping she would love it and not be discouraged.

She is sometimes a bit stubborn and hard to talk to, but that’s why I thought that having an instructor would be the solution, and it was!

Olivia carrying her skis

She got on the lift without a blink on an eye and off she was. Then she skied downhill and took the lift up again. She had a winning smile on her face and I knew, we have another ski lover.

Olivia skiing

Olivia skiing happy face

I grew up spending almost every weekend from November till March skiing for many years, and really think it’s a fab sport that can be done by the whole family.

Having a ski holiday is something your children will never forget. It’s something different to the summer holiday we are used to, and I can guarantee you that once you start taking your kids on ski holidays you will never stop!


Crystal Ski Holidays have come up with a superb Guide to the Mountain that has all the answers to your questions on what to take on a ski family holiday and much more!

What’s inside the guide?

Ski school
Class is on a mountain and every day’s a snow day, why can’t ordinary school be like this? Take a peek into life in ski school.

Crystal Childcare
“Tiny humans have the biggest hearts” says Pepi the Penguin. Hear more about our childcare from parents and the team.

What to wear
From sun cream to salopettes make sure you have all the essentials to kit out your team for a week on the snow.

Q&A with a mum
Hear from a mum as she creates a plan of action and mobilises her troops for their first family ski holiday together.

A family experience
Get inspired with our video of a family in action on the hill.

Where to go
Each resort is as unique as a snowflake, so choosing isn’t always easy. We’ve hand-picked the best ones for families.

Where to stay
A home away from home. Top tips for picking the perfect pad to suit you and your family.

When to go
School holidays are when families rule the slopes. But which date is best? Each is special in its own way we help you choose.

Fun and games
The fun keeps going even after the skiing stops. Get the lowdown on playtime, snow-style.

Ski Packing Checklist

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  • Rocknrollerbaby November 6, 2015 2:43 pm

    Gosh this place looks amazing and fab that you had the chance to do a little bit here that you would do all the time where you’re riginally from. I’m sure your Dad will be watching from up there and very proud indeed. 🙂

    • Mirka November 6, 2015 9:07 pm

      It really is, give it a go! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Honest mum November 6, 2015 4:46 pm

    Loved this post so much and found it moving hun, so sorry it was upsetting seeing the kids ski, reminding you of times with your Dad. He is always with you guys. The girls are so amazing, love your video too. Miss you all. I’m not keen on skiing, my Dad loves it and used to have a place in Switzerland where he would ski but I fancy taking the kids to the dry slopes to have a go again, you, as always have inspired me xx

    • Mirka November 6, 2015 9:05 pm

      Have you tried skiing lovely? I cannot believe you don’t ski when your dad used to. On the other hand, maybe doing it for the boys would be a great fun and something new for you all. I could give you a lesson as I used to be a ski instructor years back 😉

  • Ebabee November 6, 2015 5:02 pm

    Fab post – the girls are clearly both naturals. I am not a skier (I hate cold weather) but you are really inspiring me to give it a try – you are so enthusiastic and passionate about it that it’s hard not to want to try. The girls look like they had a ball and I’m sure your dad is beaming with pride. I believe even if we can’t see them, they are with us and so much a part of us xx

    • Mirka November 6, 2015 9:02 pm

      Thanks Nomita, I am so pleased they love skiing as much as me. I even taught my hubby years back when we lived in Sydney and persuaded him to go skiing there too. Give it a go. You will love it. Family ski holiday can really be magical!

  • Jacqui November 6, 2015 9:13 pm

    Your three (?)-year-old can officially ski better than me. Bit embarrassing. And Isabelle is a snow superstar!!! 2026 Winter Olympics, perhaps??? xxx

    • Mirka November 9, 2015 1:48 pm

      I am actually shocked as you being a Kiwi and don’t know how to ski??? Give me a shout, will teach you 😉

  • Uju November 8, 2015 12:18 am

    Wow what a helpful guide from Crystal Holidays, really persuades me to get back on the slopes. I haven’t been skiing since I was 15 and before that had only been skiing once, so I’m hardly a snow bunny although I did enjoy it a lot.

    The babes and I went to the Snow Centre a while back and I thought it was brilliant, they had such a good time, earned their ‘starter’ certificates and I was amazed to see actual snow (I’d expected a dry slope).

    Your girls are too gorgeous for words and what a little star Isabelle is on her skis. And look at Olivia, she looks like she’s going to be a natural too. Now I want to hit the mountains too 🙂 Fab post x

    • Mirka November 9, 2015 1:49 pm

      Take your boys and come for a visit, we all can go skiing to the snow centre. Would be lots of fun lovely!

  • Coombe Mill November 9, 2015 10:22 am

    Oh my what fun! My kids would love to do this, we did the dry slopes years ago and had a blast. Popping by from Share the Joy and would love you to join me for Country Kids too, it’s for all outdoor fun and this has to top the list. Isabelle looks such a natural in that video, well done Olivia too

    • Mirka November 9, 2015 1:50 pm

      Thanks Fiona, it really is lots of fun. Will join your linky too.

  • Thinly Spread November 13, 2015 3:31 pm

    Oh what fun! I’d love to take my lot, they’ve never been skiing (we’re all about the water sports!) and I haven’t been for years! Can’t believe how your girls have grown since I last popped over! x

  • Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser) November 14, 2015 10:10 am

    What fun!! I never realised that you were such an expert skier Mirka – where have you been hiding that little titbit? I learned to ski with my husband who, like you, can ski anything. I’m more of a slow-down-and-enjoy-the-view (and the hot chocolate) kind of a skier but I can’t wait to take the little people when they’re older. Will definitely look at Crystal Holidays now too. Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy this week x

  • Helen December 4, 2015 10:46 am

    How cute do your girls look in their ski gear?!

    We learned at the Snow Centre too, and took our first family ski holiday a couple of years ago. This year we’re taking two, now that both children have signed up to the same passion for the slopes that we had before they were born. You’re right, there is nothing like it if you love it!

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