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Staff Pick - Slovakia Winter Adventure trip review

Caroline Haimes from our Product team has just returned from our family Slovakia Winter Adventure, designed for families wanting a varied winter adventure that allows some time for skiing.
One of the main reasons for choosing the Slovakia Winter Adventure trip was to see if we were all up for a proper family skiing holiday. The itinerary includes some options for skiing with lots of other activities too, so it was a really good taster for us all.

Arriving in the mountains with so much snow everywhere, the kids in our group were beyond excited. Through the week many of our activities invariably ended up with a massive family vs family snowball fight which was a great way to break the ice (excuse the pun!) and get to know each other. Our base for much of the holiday was the small village of Tatranska Lomnica in the heart of the Tatras Mountains.

Our hotel was located just steps from a great toboggan slide and nursery ski slope. On several occasions we took a picturesque short train journey to the next village Stary Smokovec and from there the funicular took us even higher.  The trip is a great opportunity to have a go at so many different sports; cross country skiing through a beautiful gorge, ice skating on a frozen lake, snow shoeing along mountain paths and just when we’d all had enough of the snow, a fantastic cooking lesson where we were each responsible for different courses of the meal (more family rivalry!)

The highlight for us all I think was the “Ski Fox” which we took down the 4km night sledge run. None of us had seen these before. You sit on what looks like a stool with a ski underneath, strap small ski shoes to your feet, set off and hold on! We absolutely flew.  It was one of the funniest things I have ever done with my kids, as we all careered off totally out of control; regularly face planting in the snow.
If you’re active, love the outdoors and are looking for some quality family bonding time then I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. My kids have rated it the best yet – and yes they want to go skiing next year!

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