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first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

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Durham City
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first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

Help please! We are wanting to go skiing for the first time ever and really don't know where to start. It seems very expensive via the travel agents. We want to go for just a week over christmas and the new year. Could anyone with any experience of this please help? We don't have to go to St Moritz it was just the first thing that came to mind. Thanks.

Geneva
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1. Re: first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

Not sure to helpbut myself, but maybe precision might help forothers. Which 'durham city' are you from. USA or GB?

Durham City
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2. Re: first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

oops sorry, there's one in Australia too! I'm in the uk. Thanks. But we're looking to go to europe.

Mannheim, Germany
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for Zurich, Mannheim
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3. Re: first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

>We want to go for just a week over christmas and the new year.

This is, unfortunately, the busiest and most expensive time of the year. The hotels will be booked solid. In addition, the snow conditions are not as safe as later in winter.

In any case, if budget is any consideration, don't go to St. Moritz. Besides it's cost it is probably the ugliest structure in the Alps after the French "retort towns".

Depending on what you would like to do else, try Arosa or Laax. Arosa is more family-oriented, not large but very high up in the mountains (1800 m). Laax/Flims is lower, but has a huge skiing area (over 200 km slopes) and a very teeny-oriented night life (your teenagers might like that one very much).

Zurich, Switzerland
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for Zurich
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4. Re: first time skiing - mum and two teenagers

You don't need any travel agent for your skiing holidays. Just book your hotel directly or via the local tourist offices. Check www.myswitzerland.com for a general overview of skiing possibilities in Switzerland. The local tourist informations normally can be found under www.nameofvillage.ch - or, if not, you will be directed from there to their homepage. Ski equipment can be rented on spot. I strongly advice to take some ski lessons if you are beginners. This can also be arranged after your arrival. So all you need is a hotel reservation - but do it quickly!

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