Every February half-term holiday sees us flying to visit my family in the Czech Republic, and it was no different this time.
Not only both girls get to see their darling nan, and my older brother’s family, we also get to spend lots of time skiing at the “Krusne Hory” Mountains.
There is no doubt that skiing in the Alps is much more expensive. If you are keen on starting your kids skiing, there cannot be a better option than to go for the mountains in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic.
It’s possible to book some very cheap flights to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, with Wizz Air for the whole family.
As with everything planning is the key, so book early and you will be nicely surprised at the price you can get the whole family over to the ski destination.
There are quite a few ski resorts all over my home country, but as I was born near the Krusne Hory Mountains, we usually go skiing there.
Krusne Hory Mountains Ski Resorts
These mountains are about 1.5 hours drive from Prague, so make sure you hire a car.
If not landing in the middle of the night, continue all the way to the ski resort. Otherwise I would suggest to book some cheap bed & breakfast accommodation near Prague, not in the capital as that can get very pricey!
This little village is the place where I had learnt to ski when I was a little girl. It is perfect for beginners and intermediate ski lovers.
Our older daughter Isabelle used to take some ski lessons since she was 3 years old, and all the instructors were very patient and brilliant with kids even younger age than her.
This year also Olivia started skiing at Bublava, and we were nicely surprised about the upgraded ski lift for little ones which is a huge plus.
You can hire all the ski gear, but make sure you book the ski lessons in advance as they are very popular, mostly with German tourists.
If you are after some a bit more exciting skiing, then this is the place for you. There is also stuff for beginners, but most of the slopes are for intermediate or advanced skiers or snowboarders.
You can hire everything you need and you can get some amazing views from the top of the Klinovec mountain.
This is another popular ski resort with lots of lovely skiing opportunities. I would recommend for beginners to intermediate levels.
After a brief brush up of her skiing skills at the Hemel Hempstead Snowcentre, the courtesy of Crystal Ski and Pierre & Vacances, a few weeks ago, Isabelle was very keen on getting on the slopes again.
It’s a very different experience than indoors of course, the quality of snow much better and different, and the whole being outside in the high mountains is just amazing.
This was the first year we did not go for a few lessons with an instructor ( which by the way I am too!!!), and off she went down the hill without any problems and hesitation.
I was very pleased as due to a very warm winter in the Czech Republic, not all slopes were open for skiing.
I have actually never seen Czech Republic not being all frozen and covered in snow in the middle of February in my life! It’s a shame, and definitely due to the global warming, just hope this will not be a regular thing from now on.
Anyway, we had a great time with my brother and his children skiing. My nephew and niece by the way ski like pros after spending every winter on the ski slopes since a very young age.
I am still very pleased both my girls are into skiing despite living in London where we rarely get any of this magic white powder, and will be encouraging them to go and improve every year.
When to start your little ones on the skis?
From my experience with starting Isabelle just before she turned 3 years old, I knew that Olivia would be ready too. She had tried skiing at the indoor centre, and I had to laugh when she was explaining me how to ski.
“Mummy, you just step on the blue thing (the ski lift), then the man takes you off and then you ski down and go back on the blue thing”.
She managed to ski for about half an hour. Me and my brother were taking turns as when we arrived we realized all the ski instructors were booked at that time.
I was on my skis and dragging her on the lift, and then skiing with her and holding her was a high intensity workout. I was sweating so much and despite being very fit I was struggling. Half an hour later she had “luckily” enough, and me too.
It was lovely to see she enjoyed herself, and would say that for her age group (3-4 years), Ã‚Â half an hour is probably what they will last for and enjoy without complaining or crying.
We had an amazing time skiing, and of course as we stayed at my brother’s place, this ski holiday could not get any cheaper.
If you would like to take your family skiing and have never been or consider yourself a beginner, I would highly recommend one of these ski resorts.
I am going to be honest and say it’s not like in the Alps, but still of a great quality and for the fraction you would pay for a week skiing in the Alps.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in a comment below. Always happy to answer and help.
My niece, Isabelle and me