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Family Ski Holiday on a Budget

Family Ski Holiday on a Budget

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.

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IMG_5348I have blogged about skiing many times on this blog and Fitness 4 Mamas blog before, and this time would like to explain how you can afford taking your little ones skiing without breaking the bank.

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.

Cheap Flights

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!

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Bublava 

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.

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Klinovec

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.

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Bozi Dar

This is another popular ski resort with lots of lovely skiing opportunities. I would recommend for beginners to intermediate levels.

Isabelle skiing

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.

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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”.

So sweet!

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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),  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.

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My niece, Isabelle and me

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23 Comments

  • Honest Mum February 28, 2016 7:40 pm

    This is the most amazing post, the pictures are stunning. I cannot believe the slopes were melting, scary. Wow you are a skiing instructor, you are one amazing lady, an inspiration. My Dad loves skiing but I’m such a scaredy cat, I need to come to Krusne Hory Mountains -Isabelle and Olivia can teach me! xx

    • Mirka February 28, 2016 8:28 pm

      They would love it darling! Maybe one day we all go for a ski trip and some yummy Czech food! You would love it! xxx

  • Jacqui February 29, 2016 10:06 am

    This looks so amazing!!! And how ADORABLE is Olivia?!? Isabelle would put me to shame on the slopes. I’d love to try skiing again, but with my shoulder I’d probably end up being stretchered off the mountain, haha!! xx

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:56 pm

      THANKS LOVELY! You as a Kiwi would be a natural for sure x

  • Mummy Fever February 29, 2016 9:00 pm

    Looks great – we do normally ski in the Alps but it is very pricey indeed. We noticed a difference with the snow as well this year. Plenty of snow but the temperatures were so mild. In previous years we have skied in temps of -22 0c but the coldest it got to was about -5 this year! xx

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:57 pm

      I know, shame it is getting so much warmer. Let’s hope it was a one off years….

  • Ebabee February 29, 2016 9:33 pm

    Wow! How stunning are your pics. Isabelle looks like the total pro that she is and Olivia – could she be any cuter? I have never tried skiing – I am convinced I will break something! But I am tempted to give it a go and this sounds like the place to go. Maybe Olivia can be my instructor?

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:57 pm

      Ha ha ha! Olivia would love that. Give it a go, it’s a fab skill to learn!

  • Uju March 1, 2016 11:57 am

    What a brilliant post, packed with so much useful info and tips. You guys are all so adorable and I’m impressed by little Olivia already getting out there no matter how long. I’d love to take the boys skiing, they had their first experience at the ski centre in London and really enjoyed it. I like that skiing’s one of those activities that you can have fun with even if you’re no good! We’ve talked about going skiing in Nice one day, where my in-laws live, although so far we’ve been more tempted by the hot weather there 😉 It’s crazy what’s happening to climates globally, we do all need to do our bit to fight against this as it affects everyone x

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:59 pm

      I know Uju, so true! I would love to go to Nice, have never been, and no idea you could go skiing there!

  • Louise Smith March 2, 2016 10:59 am

    Would love to learn to ski with my 7 year old daughter

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:59 pm

      Go for it! It’s fabulous!

  • alice lightning March 15, 2016 11:48 pm

    looks beautiful sounds amazing always wanted to learn to ski maybe one day

    • Mirka March 16, 2016 8:59 pm

      Give it a go, you will not regret it!

  • Maria Hackett March 17, 2016 3:07 pm

    omg!! Ive never seen so much snow in my life! amazing pictures. this just breath taking!

    • Mirka November 16, 2016 1:50 pm

      Thanks Maria!

  • Sandra Bald March 19, 2016 5:17 pm

    We would love to take our 11 year daughter Alexandra ski ing
    She has learning disabilities & we’d need to be confident that the ski instructors are very patient
    Do you think either of the resorts for beginners would be suitable for Alexandra?

    • Mirka November 16, 2016 1:51 pm

      From my experience they are very patient, but of course I cannot guarantee anything.

  • Victoria Morrison April 10, 2016 7:22 pm

    Great idea for a holiday destination!

    • Mirka November 16, 2016 1:51 pm

      Absolutely, go for it!

  • Melanie Burton April 30, 2016 5:57 pm

    This was so amazing post to read with fab pictures! I always thought that skiing was well out of my price range, but reading this has made me realise that maybe I can go with my family and give skiing a try!

    • Mirka November 16, 2016 1:52 pm

      Glad I have blogged about this, and let me know if you go!

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