This was our 1st family snowboarding holiday with our 6month old baby. Our main priority was childcare for our son. After extensive searching, we booked with Crystal Holidays for their creche facilities, their direct flights from Glasgow and the short transfer time.
Scheffau town is tiny and there isn't much there although there are plenty of activities run by the reps and lots going on at the bottom of the slopes. The hotel is positioned in the town & is a couple of mins on the frequent ski bus to the ski area. Its free. There is also a piste basher towing a chair lift seat that takes you to and from the bottom of the slopes! Another option is an easy blue run from the hotel.
The Alpin is in 2 buildings. We were in the older building but I would say its been decorated quite recently. It was a good sized room, cleaned every day and our baby had a proper cot (not a travel cot) which I thought was fantastic. All meals are buffet style and you can literally eat as much as you want. There is also a buffet available around 4pm for soup and cakes when you come off the mountain!They have high chairs and have an early kids dinner time too. Beer, wine and soft drinks are free with dinner and you can sit from 6pm-10pm and no one hurries you out the restaurant. Its a free bar! Its very relaxed and the staff are fantastic. There is a pool, an older kids 'chill out room' with pool tables etc, a climbing wall, pizza restaurant (you can eat here instead of the buffet but you pay for drinks) and a public bar. There is even a little zoo for the kids. The ski hire is under the hotel and there is a boot room available too. The hotel offer a free sleigh ride for everyone. Just book at reception.
The Crystal Creche was fantastic. We chose it as it is located within the hotel. I was unsure as he was so young but the nannies reasured me as soon as I met them. Security is excellent. They note down everything he did, ate, nappies etc & he got a little book with everything he did at the end of his holiday. I never once heard any child cry or be upset. The creche was spotless and he loved it. I spent mornings with him and snowboarded in the afternoon but I was so comfortable with the level of care that I booked him in for a full day on our last day. It is a small and personal service that I would really recommend for any parent of a pre-ski age child.
There are various lift passes and you can even ski into Kitzbull. My husband got an all area pass and I bought daily passes as I was only using them pm. It gets cheaper the later you go up the slopes. Wednesday is 'ladies day' - ladies get kids prices on their passes! There is a baby enclosed ski school area at the top of the gondola that take kids from 2. They don't actually go on the slopes, just learn in this little area but it looks really good. Its mostly chairlifts and gondolas, very few tows. Huge ski area with slopes for all abilities. The snow was amazing and there are loads of snow cannons too just incase...........
Great holiday. Would recommend for families but not for groups wanting a party holiday. A few bars but not much apres ski going on.
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