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Crystal Ski Holidays

  • About Crystal Ski holidays

    Crystal Ski Holidays takes more people from the UK and Ireland to the mountains each year than anyone else. We've been doing it for over 35 years and are backed by TUI, one of the world's leading travel groups.

    Flying from an airport near you to over 130 destinations across Europe, the Nordics and North America, we've got a range of accommodation available, from catered chalets and luxury hotels to self-catering apartments and family-run guesthouses. Our knowledgeable teams based in most resorts can organise everything you need to get on the slopes, plus plenty of different activities, so you can have fun off them too.

    You'll get 24/7 support via phone and email, plus our Ski Explorer app features maps, snow reports, recommended routes and a friend finder. Most resorts also feature a dedicated rep, bursting with local know-how and ready to help.

    We've won numerous awards for this service and selection of holidays. Some of the most recent can be found below:

    British Travel Awards

    Best Ski Operator at the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2016

    Best UK Snowsports Tour Operator at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard World Snow Awards 2016

    Best Large Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company at the British Travel Awards 2016

    Irish Travel Agents Association Awards

    Best Ski Tour Operator at the Irish Travel Agents Association's annual awards

    Trusted Service Awards

    Feefo Trusted Service Award 2017

    • Part of the ski community

      To make sure you to get the most out of the mountains, Crystal has built up partnerships within the wider ski community. This means you can find us at five of the UK's indoor snow centres, we've linked up with both Snow+Rock and the Ski Club of Great Britain, and we support Disability Snowsports UK, the British Snowsports Fund and Protect Our Winters.

      Visit us at a snow centre

      Crystal has a presence at all the major snow centres around the UK. These indoor slopes are great for beginner ski lessons, building confidence on real snow and improving technique before a trip.

      Ask our friendly staff for more information, let them build your perfect holiday to the mountains and book it then and there. For contact details, opening hours and what's on offer at the centres, click here: http://www.crystalski.co.uk/contact-us/visit-us/

      • Chill Factore Manchester – The UK's largest indoors slope offers ski and board lessons for all ages and abilities.
      • Snozone Castleford – Open 364 days a year, with a specialism in helping disabled people learn to ski and board.
      • Snow Factor Glasgow – Scotland's only indoor slope boasts four ski lifts, snow tubing and sledging.
      • Snowzone Milton Keynes – Fully-qualified instructors are on hand almost every day of the year.
      • Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead – The closest centre to London also has the UK's largest learner slope.
      • SnowDome Tamworth – Instructors will have you skiing or boarding within a day, with special deals for Crystal customers.

      Disability Snowsports UK

      At Crystal, we're passionate about working with the charity Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK). Their work is truly inspirational and every year we raise as much money as we can to support them.

      https://youtu.be/RxEd8qCKtdY

      DSUK instructors and volunteers have enabled thousands of individuals of all ages, and with any form of disability, to enjoy the thrills of the slopes, both in the UK and abroad.

      To donate to DSUK today, please visit www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk. Alternatively, you can give money on the extras page when booking your holiday online.

      Protect Our Winters

      We've been offsetting emissions in our head office with the Carbon Neutral Company for over 15 years, while also giving you the opportunity to do so while buying your holiday.

      With that in mind, Crystal has become a friend of the new UK branch of Protect Our Winters (POW). Started in the US by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007 as a climate activist group, POW mobilises the snowsports community to lead the charge on positive climate action.

      POW UK is similarly aimed at helping people take effective action, but in a way that is fun, easy, inclusive and rewarding. Its objective is to mobilise the UK outdoor sports community to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and low carbon economy.

      In practice this is done by engaging people and companies through their snowsports livelihoods and passions, educating them on the risks of climate change, empowering them to take effective action and encouraging them to do so.

      British Snowsports Fund

      We support The British Snowsports Fund to help Britain's talented skiers and boarders reach their full potential.

      The fund was launched in September 2016 by British Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for snowsports in the UK, raising money to help Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes - and future hopefuls - by funding training and competitions. They're also encouraging more young people to take up snowsports by backing school programmes. Take a look at The British Snowsports Fund website to find out more.

      Want to boost the future of British snowsports? Add a £1 donation to the British Snowsports Fund when you book your holiday.

      Ski Club of Great Britain

      You can get a discount of £10 on Ski Club membership if you've booked with Crystal Ski Holidays

      Join the club to become part of the UK's largest community of snowsports lovers. You can ski with the club in 29 major resorts, save money with hundreds of discounts, and get expert advice on everything to do with skiing and snowboarding.

      With your Ski Club membership:

      • Ski with Ski Club Leaders and Instructors in major resorts.
      • Access industry-leading snow reports.
      • Meet other members at UK events including technique days and avalanche awareness talks.
      • Get great discounts on holidays, at UK slopes, on equipment and much more.
      • Talk to our information team for advice on anything to do with skiing and boarding.

      How to join:

      • Join online or call 020 8410 2015.
      • Quote promo code CRYSTAL1718 to get your £10 discount.
      • Crystal membership offer of £10 off applies to new Ski Club membership subscriptions and for standard Family and Individual memberships only. This excludes Ski Club Platinum memberships.
      • A Direct Debit must be completed.
      • Offer valid from 09 June 2017 until 08 June 2018.
      • Membership prices are set as of 01 September 2016.
      • The Ski Club reserves the right to amend the cost of annual membership.
      • For full terms and conditions visit skiclub.co.uk/terms.

      Snow+Rock

      With over 30 years of experience, Snow+Rock knows outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment – whatever summer and winter adventures you have planned, both on and off the mountain.

      They source and stock the latest new season collections from leading brands and have experienced staff in every store for friendly, expert advice and professional ski and hiking boot fitting services.

      Shop online, or find your nearest store here: www.snowandrock.com.

    • Your holiday is protected

      We've made sure all you have to think about when booking is where you want to go. All of our air holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTA, so your trip is in safe hands.

      Our teams in the UK and overseas are always on call. If something unexpected should cause your holiday to be cancelled, we'll pull out all the stops to find you the very best alternative and make sure you're never out of pocket.

      We're ATOL protected, so on flight-inclusive holidays, should an airline go bust or weather ground your flight, you won't lose any money or be stranded. Likewise, as ABTA members, all package and 'Flight-Plus' holidays are protected financially in the event of company failure.

      ABTA

      ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA's Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA Ltd, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, Registered in England No. 551311 London.

      www.abta.com | Verify membership

      ATOL

      All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2524.

      www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate | View ATOL licence

    • Responsible travel

      The ambitious 2020 sustainability strategy 'Better Holidays, Better World' is built around three core pillars to help shape the future of sustainable tourism:

      Sustainability Strategy
      • Step lightly: in the long term, combating climate change will be critical for our industry as a whole. We need to continue to sell quality holiday experiences, which rely on beautiful destinations, thriving communities, stable weather systems and personal comfort. All of these are threatened by climate change. Our carbon management programme covers aviation, hotels, offices and ground transport emissions. These areas of our business each have clear and stretching targets for becoming greener.
      • Make a difference: biodiverse and unique destinations are the heart of our holidays, so we are proud of the role our industry plays in protecting and preserving them. Tourism can be a real force for good, from generating the transfer of wealth to promoting cultural understanding and tolerance. But we know that travel and tourism can also have unintended negative consequences. We rely on thriving communities to welcome our customers in destinations. That means it's important that the benefits of tourism reach the local community – in the form of jobs and educational opportunities – and human rights are protected along our value chain.
      • Lead the way: we believe that means we have a unique responsibility towards our industry. Our scale gives us the resources, reach and credibility to build the resilience and positive impacts of travel and tourism. Our role in driving sustainable tourism is to support our suppliers and customers, influencing the whole industry towards a more sustainable way of operating. To achieve this, we need cutting-edge research that allows us to understand our impacts – both positive and negative – and the most impactful actions we can take to enhance the benefits of tourism, like technical innovations in aviation and ground operations.

      To find out more, read TUI Group's full report.

    • What we do

      Crystal Ski Holidays was founded in 1981 as a specialist holiday company taking UK customers to Europe's lakes and mountains in the summer and ski resorts in the winter.

      Over the next 15 years the company grew rapidly, and by the 1990s had become the largest ski operator in the UK; a position we still hold today. Crystal was acquired by Thomson Holidays in 1997. A decade later, following the merger of Thomson with First Choice Holidays, we became part of the TUI Group – meaning your holiday is backed by one of the world's largest travel companies.

      Over the last three decades Crystal has continually added great new destinations, worked hard to keep the price you pay down, and developed new ways to make going on holiday easier.

      One of these developments is the Crystal Ski Explorer app. Download it now to find friends on the mountain, track your average speed and distance, get the latest snow reports and access recommended routes from our teams in resort. If you've booked direct through Crystal, it also means all your information is in the palm of your hand – from flight tickets to accommodation details and pre-booked extras.

      Once you've booked, we'll send a link to an online info pack before your holiday, helping you get clued up on your ski destination. It includes rep contact details, local tips and maps of both the resort and pistes.

      Let us know your mobile number when you book and we'll text you a 24/7 contact number for our overseas team. You can then get in touch whenever you want, with any questions or queries. We'll also text you important updates, like travel disruptions, resort incidents or serious weather warnings. It's a free service that could really come in handy, and we'll only use your number for keeping you up to date and making sure you have a great trip.

      Our reps will meet you at almost all airports to help get pre-booked lift passes, equipment hire and tuition sorted – making sure you're ready for the mountain.

      Some resorts will have a rep based there so, if you need anything during your trip, just check your info pack or the app to find out where you can come for a chat. Even if there isn't a rep based in your resort, you can still get in touch 24/7 with any questions.

      You can also connect with us via social media:

      Facebook

      Like our Facebook page for the best videos, up-to-date resort info, competitions and to chat about your holiday.

      facebook.com/crystalski

      Twitter

      Our local teams tweet from resort-specific account throughout the season with the latest info on snow conditions and events, or follow our main account for company updates, holiday ideas and competitions.

      @crystalski

      Ski Buzz

      Find all the latest news, resort guides, snowsport advice and offers.

      ski-buzz.co.uk

      If you want to find out more about working for Crystal, either in the UK or overseas, visit tuijobsuk.co.uk/crystal-holidays for more information.