it’s snow much fun!

Treat the kids to an un­for­get­table win­ter hol­i­day. SASHA GON­ZA­LES rounds up the fam­ily-friendly re­sorts you should check into.

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IT’S CHRIST­MAS… IN JULY!

Lo­cated in Kosciuszko Na­tional Park in the state of New South Wales, Thredbo Ski Re­sort fea­tures a range of ac­com­mo­da­tions, from self-con­tained apart­ments and ho­tels to tra­di­tional lodges. Its vil­lage con­tains shops, restau­rants, and even a phar­macy, a med­i­cal cen­tre and banks.

Check out Thredbo’s “Christ­mas in July” fes­ti­val, which takes place ev­ery year dur­ing the Aus­tralian win­ter and fea­tures live en­ter­tain­ment, Yule­tide feasts and ap­pear­ances by Santa.

Thredbo has a va­ri­ety of trails, from gen­tle slopes to ad­vanced ter­rain. Its Snow Play Park, which is lo­cated in the

base sta­tion area of the vil­lage, is per­fect for snow tub­ing and to­bog­gan­ing, build­ing a snow­man, or en­joy­ing a fun snow­ball ght.

Just for kids The re­sort of­fers ski­ing and snow­board­ing pro­grammes for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent age groups: Thred­boland is for kids aged three to six years; Thredbo Freerid­ers, for seven- to 14-year-olds; and Teen Ses­sions, for 13- to 17-year-olds. Con­ducted by ex­pe­ri­enced ski in­struc­tors, the pro­grammes are suit­able for all ski­ing abil­ity lev­els, from begin­ner to ad­vanced.

The re­sort’s highly ac­claimed Thred­boland pro­gramme is not only de­signed to teach lit­tle ones to ski; it also in­cludes some in­door play, a warm meal and snacks, and ad­di­tional sup­port from child­care work­ers.

Choose from half-day to nine-day passes. A half-day Thred­boland pass costs A$167 (S$174) per child, in­clud­ing gear rental.

Where to stay

Thredbo Alpine Ho­tel, lo­cated in Thredbo Vil­lage and just steps away from the slopes and bustling Vil­lage Square, is a charm­ing bou­tique ho­tel with com­fort­able, cosy rooms. A dou­ble/twin room costs A$189 (S$200) per night.

When to go

The New South Wales ski sea­son runs from June to early Oc­to­ber, but its peak snow sea­son is be­tween late July and Au­gust. Find out more www.thredbo.com.au

EN­ROL IN A SNOW KINDER­GARTEN

Laax, in the Swiss can­ton of Graubun­den, has ev­ery­thing fam­i­lies need for an un­for­get­table win­ter hol­i­day.

That in­cludes 224km of slopes, four snow parks, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, and the Freestyle Academy – a 1,000 sq m in­door play area fea­tur­ing tram­po­lines and a play room for young chil­dren, as well as a sep­a­rate space for snow­board­ers, free-skiers, skaters and bik­ers of all ages.

For a spot of shop­ping, check out the Out­let Cen­ter Alpen­rhein Vil­lage, which is about 30 min­utes away. Here, you’ll nd fa­mous fash­ion and life­style brands, all at af­ford­able prices.

Zurich, about 90 min­utes away, is also a great des­ti­na­tion for shop­ping and din­ing. If you have ex­tra time, go on a day trip to Mi­lan, Italy.

Just for kids

Chil­dren un­der four years old will love the Rocks Re­sort’s Snow Kinder­garten, which pro­vides in­di­vid­ual ski­ing lessons and time in a su­per­vised creche.

Kids aged four years and older can spend time at the Rocks Re­sort’s Snow Won­der­land, a unique ski­ing school cen­tred on a ma­gi­cian called Ami Sabi. The kids get to hear Ami tell sto­ries and sing songs about the snow and the for­est an­i­mals, and learn to ski as well.

Chil­dren of all ages can also take lessons at the Ski & Snow­board School.

A four-hour begin­ner’s les­son for four- to 17-year-olds costs CHF 99 (S$138) per per­son and is con­ducted by a pro­fes­sional ski in­struc­tor. The cost in­cludes the lift ticket, rental equip­ment and lunch.

Where to stay

The awardwinning Rocks Re­sort hol­i­day apart­ments are ideal for fam­i­lies. Choose from var­i­ous-sized apart­ments, all com­fort­ably fur­nished. The re­sort is home to many restau­rants and shops, and even a small pet­ting zoo.

A two-bed­room apart­ment, which has ve beds, a din­ing area, liv­ing quar­ters, a tted kitchen area, and bath­room with a mini spa, starts from CHF 1,515 (S$2,136) per week.

When to go

Jan­uary to April for the best ski­ing con­di­tions. Find out more www.rock­sre­sort.com

SKI AND TRAPEZE

This re­sort is lo­cated in cen­tral Hokkaido, Ja­pan’s north­ern-most is­land. The area boasts an in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral beauty – ma­jes­tic forests, clear lakes, and snow-capped moun­tains. Ride the gon­dola for beau­ti­ful views of the Tokachi plains and sur­round­ing hills.

The small­ish re­sort has 17 trails, most of which are suit­able for be­gin­ners.

Snow­fall av­er­ages around 8m per sea­son, and the snow is light, pow­dery and dry, which is ideal for ski­ing and snow­board­ing. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude horse rid­ing through the snowy for­est and re­lax­ing in the on­sen (hot springs).

The clos­est town, Shin­toku, is a 15-minute bus ride from the re­sort.

This small vil­lage has a few shops and restau­rants in case you feel like ex­plor­ing the area fur­ther.

Just for kids Club Med Hokkaido’s Mini Club (for four- to 10-year-olds) and Ju­niors’ Club (for 11- to 17-year-olds) in­cludes ski lessons for chil­dren aged four to 17 years old at no cost.

Where to stay Club Med Hokkaido, at the foot of the ski slopes, is per­fect for the whole fam­ily. It has an in­house Fly­ing Trapeze School, which of­fers ying trapeze lessons, a snow gar­den for kids, a bungy tram­po­line, and ar­eas to play mini football, golf, and more.

A re­sort-only 5D4N stay starts from $2,280 per adult and $1,368 per child. This price in­cludes gourmet din­ing, pre­mium open bar, ac­tiv­i­ties and Kids Club ac­cess, and ex­cludes ights, trans­fers and a mem­ber­ship fee.

When to go De­cem­ber to March. In March, the weather is pleas­ant and sunny, snow is abun­dant, and the slopes are not as crowded. Find out more www.clubmed.com.sg

READY FOR SNOW SPORTS UNIVER­SITY?

Lo­cated in the state of Ver­mont, in the north­east­ern part of the US, Smug­glers’ Notch Re­sort re­sort has three large, in­ter­con­nected moun­tains.

The moun­tains en­com­pass over four sq m of ter­rain, with 78 trails that in­clude learn­ing ar­eas for be­gin­ners and ex­perts.

Off-slope ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a year-round zip line canopy tour with zip lines, a sus­pen­sion bridge and two rap­pels, snow­shoe­ing, snow­mo­bil­ing, ice climb­ing, snow tub­ing and ice-skat­ing. The re­sort also has an in­door pool with wa­ter­slides and hot tubs.

Ver­mont is renowned for its his­tory and out­door ex­pe­ri­ences. Just a short drive from the re­sort, you will come across quaint stores, art gal­leries, restau­rants, and at­trac­tions, like the fa­mous Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream fac­tory and Echo Lake Aquar­ium and Sci­ence Cen­ter.

Just for kids Smug­glers’ boasts an award-win­ning chil­dren’s pro­gramme known as Snow Sport Univer­sity. It of­fers full-day in­struc­tion for kids as young as three years old.

The pro­fes­sional coaches help to make ski­ing and rid­ing fun and easy for the kids, fo­cus­ing not only on ski­ing and rid­ing skills, but also on so­cial de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion through on-hill props and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Where to stay West Hill Com­mu­nity is part of Smug­glers’ Notch Re­sort and fea­tures pre­mium lodg­ing.

Lo­cated mid-way up Morse Moun­tain on the west side of the re­sort, it over­looks the vil­lage cen­tre and fea­tures fully equipped con­do­minium homes. The two- and three­bed­room homes at Fal­cons in West Hill are ideal for fam­i­lies.

The Club Smug­glers’ Fam­i­lyfest pack­age in­cludes lodg­ing, lift tick­ets, ameni­ties, daily ac­tiv­i­ties, and ski or snow­board in­struc­tional pro­grammes for kids aged three to 17 years old.

Pack­age prices start from US$129 (S$176) per night per adult and US$119 per night per youth aged three to 17 years old.

When to go March is warm and sunny, and also has the high­est snow­fall. Find out more www.smuggs.com

WIN­TER OLYMPICS, HERE WE COME

Imag­ine telling your friends and rel­a­tives that your kids learnt to ski at the site of the 2018 Win­ter Olympic Games.

This is the county of Pyeongchang, in the north­ern part of South Korea. Here, the trails run as long as 1.4km and are suit­able for skiers of all abil­ity lev­els, as well as snow­board­ers.

The beau­ti­ful moun­tains are also per­fect for leisurely walks and long hikes. Pyeongchang is in Gang­wondo prov­ince, which is widely re­garded as the best in South Korea for snow sports be­cause it has the greatest snow­fall.

The Alpen­sia Ski Re­sort here con­sists of ho­tels, shops, restau­rants, su­per­mar­kets, and tourist at­trac­tions. Don’t miss Ocean 700, a mas­sive, mod­ern water theme park with a va­ri­ety of pools and mega-slides.

Just for kids Alpen­sia Ski Re­sort of­fers ski­ing and snow­board­ing lessons for kids, con­ducted by cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional ski in­struc­tors. A four-hour group (three stu­dents) ski and snow­board les­son costs 140,000 won (S$172) per child. Where to stay In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Alpen­sia Pyeongchang Re­sort is an Alpine-style vil­lage nes­tled within the Tae­baek Moun­tains (also called the Korean Alps).

The ho­tel’s child-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the Planet Trekkers Chil­dren’s Club, which fea­tures a pro­gramme of tai­lored ser­vices, din­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed specif­i­cally for fam­i­lies. A stan­dard room starts from S$185 per night. Book at www.ihg.com.

When to go Mid-Novem­ber to March. Find out more www.alpen­siare­sort.co.kr

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