Previous Holiplay Ski Trips

Apprehensive about your child going skiing...?

If you’re reading this page, you may already be thinking “no way Josay!” But you willl be delighted to know that this is not our first rodeo. In fact since 2013 we have led 5 successful International ski trips to Andorra (three times), Bulgaria and Austria. In addition to this we have led ski residentials at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead and the Snow Zone in Milton Keynes. 

As you know we love to provide opportunities to children who might otherwise not get the chance to participate in a specialist activity. But also, because when done correctly and safely skiing can build a great many skills such as confidence, balance, gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination whilst also being great fun!

We have condensed what we think will be the most commonly asked questions below. But if you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us as

Holiplay Ski Trip FAQ's

This year Holiplay will be offering all participants a £100 contribution towards their trip providing their £99 deposit is paid by 30th April 2024.

Where will the Holiplay 2025 Ski Trip take place…?

At this stage it’s unconfirmed as the package needs to be secured and booked at the same time. However given the budget and our previous planning experience it is likely to be at one of the listed resorts below:

  • Bjelasnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Passo Tonale, Italy 
  • El Tarter, Andorra 


Can parents and carers attend?

Unfortunately not, which is consistent with all of our offsite trips and activities. However, we will take and share, with your permission, lots of pics and vids and we’re pretty positive your little one will tell you all about it!


What age group of children are permitted to take part?

This activity will be exclusively for our junior (j-Camp) children aged 8 – 12 years by the time of our departure.


Who will be supervising and instructing the children?

Our amazing Play Leaders will be facilitating this trip however professional ski and snowboard instructors will be delivering the lessons – as you would expect!


How many Holiplay children will be able to attend the trip in 2025?

There will be a maximum of 16 Holiplay children permitted to attend the trip next year.


What are the adult to child ratios for this activity?

There will be an up to a 1:8 adult to child ratio on the trip however the actual ski / snowboard lessons will be taught by qualified instructors meaning the adult to child ratio will increase.


What risk assessment have been made for this activity?

We have a comprehensive risk assessment for travel to and from East Croydon Station (our departure point) all the way to our resort and for and travel routes to and from our points of interest including ski school and any planned excursions. Once at the activity base, operations are taken over by qualified instructors who have risk assessments and public liability insurance for the session they are delivering. We also have an added layer of winter sports insurance to cover medical treatment and or injuries that hopefully will not be sustained. 


How will you manage the risk of Personal Injury?

The children will wear full ski gear including a helmet, goggles and gloves and will only be permitted to ski on the slopes suited to their level of experience – which in this instance is likely to be beginner level green and blue runs. Again our Winter Sports insurance is included as part of the package. (Please note – ski jackets, trousers and base layers are not included in your package price)


Ski Trip Parent / Carer Zoom Briefing – There will be parent carer briefing via Zoom in the Spring Term of the 2024/25 academic year once the places have been booked and the resort confirmed.


Can my child bring his / her mobile phone? – We are very conscious that we live in a digital world, however for us it’s important that children especially get to live in the moment and not through the lens of their digital devices. So in a nutshell – NO! There will however be a staff mobile which we will use to contact parents to let them know that we have arrived, plus we will take pics and videos of the kids using our Holiplay GoPro Camera that we will share with parents and carers and on our socials where permission has been granted.


Falling over – this part and parcel of skiing and is pretty much guaranteed to happen! However please take comfort in the fact that these ski resorts are carefully designed and well supervised and at no point will the children be going off piste or heading for any black runs (the most difficult ski course).


What are the sleeping arrangements? 

Depending on the hotel or chalet that we book the children will sleep in single sex dorms / rooms and will share with up to 3 other children per room depending on the room configuration. Holiplay staff will sleep in neighbouring rooms they will be on hand at all times to ensure the children are safe and comfortable.


Is ski gear included in the price?

Unfortunately not, however you can get some great deals on Amazon and Sports Direct and save up to 80% on ski gear. We advise you to go a few sizes up so it can last your child for a few years to come, if indeed you decide to join us the following year.


Items you will need:

  • Ski trousers

  • Ski Jacket

  • Ski Goggles

  • Ski Goggles Ski Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wellies or waterproof walking boots (1 pair)
  • Swimming Kit (optional)
  • Suit Swimming Goggles (optional)
  • Back Pack
  • Water Bottle


What happens if my child has an accident or gets hurt?

There will be a first aider present who will administer First Aid should it be required. In the event of a serious medical emergency the ski instructors will call on the emergency services.


How will you get to and from ski school?

If we are lucky our accommodation will be right on the piste and very near the gondola / ski lifts. Failing that it’s usually a short walk or in some cases a shuttle bus service to the ski lifts. 


How long will the children spend there?

Ski school is normally a 3-hour session over 5 days. Each session includes a 20-minute rest break in between. We normally arrive at 9.30am and by 1pm / 1pm class is over. We then have lunch followed by a little down time on the mountain before heading back to base. Downtime in this instance includes making snow angels, building, snowmen and having epic snowball fights, and if they’re lucky having occasional hot chocolate!


What other activities or excursions are on offer?

Outside of skiing, many resorts have lots of other family-friendly attractions and amenities that we can access. Some of which include:

  • Kids Swimming Pool
  • Kids Playground
  • Bowling Alley
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Arcades

Where possible we will try to get at least one group excursion in. Previously that has included tubing (sledging on a giant rubber ring) and a late night concert & firework display.

What is the instalment plan?

Early Bird Easter Break 2025 Package Price – £1299 per person

Deposit 1 – £99 – 30th April 2024

Instalment 2 – £150 – 30th May 2024

Instalment 3 – £150 – 30th June 2024

Instalment 4 – £150 – 30th July 2024

Instalment 5 – £150 – 30th August 2024

Instalment 6 – £150 – 30th September 2024

Instalment 7 – £150 – 30th October 2024

Instalment 8 – £150 – 30th November 2024

Instalment 9 – £150 – December 2024

This year Holiplay will be offering all participants a £100 contribution towards their trip providing their £99 deposit is paid by 30th April 2024.

If you miss the early bird offer window not-to-worry you can still book onto the trip but your package price will be £1399 and your instalment plan would start from 30th May 2024 and would be £175 per month payable on the 30th of every month up until the last payment due on 30th December 2024 which would be £174.00.

All instalment payments must be made via BACS. Bank details will be shared once the registration form below has been completed.

What are the lunch arrangements?

We will be on a Full Board basis meaning the children will get breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Lunch, which we will have whilst out for the day at ski school will consist of a sandwich, a drink, and a sweet or savoury snack e.g. crisps, croissant or chocolate bar.


How do I give my consent for my child to take part?

You need first need to register you interest via the online form below. Places are very limited with only 16 spaces available. Once your form has been received we will send you a full Information Pack and consent form which will need to be digitally signed.


2025 Ski Trip Enquiry Form

Dear Parent / Carer,

Holiplay is delighted to announce our 2025 Spring Break international ski trip in mainland Europe taking place in the first week of the Easter Holidays. Our departure date will be either Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th April and we will return 7 days later. Please complete the registration form below providing us with all of the essential information we need. Your child’s place will be reserved with a non-refundable deposit payment of £99 by 30th April 2024. Any bookings made thereafter will pay the full package price of £1399 spread across 8 monthly instalments of £175 starting 30th May 2024. Full confirmation of your child’s place on the trip will be sent via email once you have completed all payment instalments as indicated in your information pack. Thank you for choosing the place kids love to play!

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