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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:
Best Ski Operator at the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2016
Best UK Snowsports Tour Operator at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard World Snow Awards 2017
Best Large Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company at the British Travel Awards 2016
Best Ski Tour Operator at the Irish Travel Agents Association's annual awards
Feefo Trusted Service Award 2017
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.
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/
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.
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 make a donation to support their work on the extras page when booking your holiday online.
We've been offsetting emissions in our head office with the Carbon Neutral Company for over 15 years.
With that in mind, Crystal has become a friend of the 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.
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.
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:
How to join:
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.
We've made sure all you have to think about when booking is where you want to go. Many 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 many 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 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.
Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. However, ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed here, so please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate when you pay, then your booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but not everything you booked is listen on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected 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.
The ambitious TUI Group 2020 sustainability strategy 'Better Holidays, Better World' is built around three core pillars to help shape the future of sustainable tourism:
To find out more, read TUI Group's full report.
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 track your average speed and distance, get the latest snow and weather reports and access useful info about your resort from our teams on the ground. 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 download the app before your holiday, allowing you to log in using your booking reference, 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.
Most resorts will have a rep based there so, if you need anything during your trip, just check 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:
Like our Facebook page for the best videos and photos of our destinations, competitions and to chat to us about your holiday.
Follow us on Twitter for ideas of where to go, offers and to ask us any questions about your holiday.
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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.