Family skiing holidays 2017

Cool skiing holidays with flights under Dhs2,000 per person


Borovets, Bulgaria
flydubai, DXB to Sofia direct, Dhs1,700 per person
Flight time: Five-and-half hours
Season: December to April
Perfect for beginner families who want to dip their toes in, and not freeze too much (this resort is known for its milder winter climate), Borovets also has a choice of luxury hotels, should the shared chalet or B&B option just not appeal. It is a modern ski resort located in the Rila mountains with restaurants, bars and shops in a gorgeous Alpine setting, plus stunning ski runs for beginners, intermediates and the properly advanced. The resort offers three-day family lift and ski school passes from Dhs1,500. Check out for information on packages, rentals, ski guides and accommodation, including all-inclusive packages.

Brasov, Romania
flydubai, DXB to Bucharest direct, Dhs680 per person
Flight time: six hours
Season: December to April
Fancy combining tales of myths and legends with a skiing holiday? The resort of Poina Brasov is situated close to Count Dracula’s castle in the medieval town of Brasov (complete with swooping bats and spooky turrets) and, best of all, the gentle ski slopes are ideal for beginners. This is one of the most visited resorts in Romania, with some seriously tough runs for the experienced, but caters well for families, too. Daily ski passes from Dhs95 for adults, Dhs53 for children. Valtour Ski School has family lessons starting from Dhs70 per hour (+40 76 166 9360). Visit for a range of accommodation options across the area.

Gulmarg in the Himalayas, India
Air India/IndiGo, DXB to Sringar (one stop), Dhs1,239 per person
Flight time: seven hours
Season: December to March
Could it get more exciting than skiing in the Himalayas? The journey to Gulmarg ski resort – known as the heartland of winter sports in India – is an adventure in itself, with the final of the journey winding through pine forests to reach the peninsula, which is home to the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the world’s highest cable cars at 3,979 metres above sea level.You can heli-ski, snowboard and go tobogganing, too. Daily ski passes from Dhs55 for adults and children. Check out for information on packages, rentals, ski guides and accommodation, including all-inclusive packages.

Harrachov, Czech Republic
Smart Wings, DXB to Prague direct, Dhs1,089 per person
Flight time: Seven hours
Season: December to April
Located within the Krkonoše mountain range of the Sudetes in the Czech Republic, with seven kilometres of slopes – one a staggering 2,200 metres in length – Harrachov is a lively, bustling resort with a choice of hotels, guest houses, apartments and chalets to suit every budget.
Daily ski passes from Dhs90 for adults and Dhs60 for kids. For family lessons email (+42 0 602 492 169). Check out for information on the resort, including discounted deals on ski passes and lessons.

Shahdag, Azerbaijan
flydubai, DXB to Baku direct, Dhs755 per person
Flight time: three hours
Season: December to April
At just a short, three-hour hop from Dubai, followed by a bus transfer, the Shahdag mountain resort should be top of your snow hit-list, with world-class skiing at a staggering 2,500 metres above sea level, in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains. There are pristine glaciers and deep ravines along with stunning mountain lakes and canyons in between lessons. Postcards, please! Daily ski pass available for around Dhs90 for adults and children. Check out for information on ski hire, lessons and a range of accommodation options or email (+99 412 310 1110).

Shymbulak, Kazakhstan
Air Astana, DXB to Almaty direct, Dhs1,291 per person
Flight time: four hours
Season: December to April
Located in the beautiful Zailiyskiy Alatau mountains in the Medeu Valley, at 2,260 metres above sea level, this resort is famed for its sunny blue skies that can mean the joy of zipping down the slopes without the heavy ski gear. The resort boasts six lifts and a gondola system that can handle up to 2,000 people per hour, so no lengthy queues for impatient kids, either. Result. Daily ski passes from Dhs85 for adults and Dhs55 for kids. Contact the Shymbulak Snow School to organise family lessons (+7 727 330 8500).

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