Skier, snowboarder or sit-back-and-socialiser, Crystal Ski Holidays can help find the ski holiday that’s right for you.
“There is nothing in the world like going out onto an untouched, open, virgin mountain slope drenched under a thick blanket of new powder snow. It gives a supreme feeling of freedom. A great sense of flying, moving anywhere in a great white paradise.”
That was how Hans Gmoser (1932 – 2006), founder of modern mountaineering in Canada, summed up a powder day.
There is certainly something wonderland-esque about making fresh tracks through an open expanse of ankle-deep – or even knee, or thigh, or waist-deep – snow. The powder memories that you relay to your friends for years to come.
Of course, any type of ski day can be memorable, and some of the funnest days are the ones where you are tearing around a resort on the hardpack, searching out jumps or patches of freshly groomed corduroy that no one has found yet. Or, the days where you decide to pause the action for an indulgent three-hour lunch at that mountain restaurant you’ve always wanted to eat at, where you sit wrapped in blankets on the terrace, dining on homemade rösti and wine while taking in mega mountain views.
Or, perhaps some of your best days are the ones where you are lapping the blue slopes with your children, watching the elation on their goggled-up faces as they finally crack their first parallel turn. Or, the days that you push your own limits – that thrill of conquering your first ever couloir, or mogul run.
That is the beauty of winter holidays – there are so many elements, so many amazing things to experience, that your ‘best day ever’ will never be the same as the next person’s. Winter is for skiers, snowboarders and sit-back-and-socialisers. It’s for first lifts and lie-ins. Pizza on the piste and fondue by the fire. Bar time, spa time and snowy adventure time. It’s what you want it to be.
Whatever you are looking for – whether you are travelling with families, friends or going solo – with over 100 resorts to choose from, Crystal has the ski holiday that is right for you.
So, you have decided to bit the bullet and book that much needed, much dreamed about, winter ski holiday. But, perhaps you are feeling apprehensive about travelling in these uncertain times? No need. Crystal has rolled out its Crystal Holiday Promise for the whole of winter 20/21 so you can book and travel with confidence, and make the most of your time in the mountains.
First up: free amends. You can amend your holiday for free up to 28 days before your departure date, whatever destination you’ve booked, if you’re flying with TUI Airways.
If you’re due to go on holiday but have been diagnosed with Covid-19, have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, you can submit a medical certificate and amend your booking at no cost. You can also amend it for free if your local UK area goes into lockdown.
Crystal is offering cash refunds, too. If there are overseas local restrictions that impact your ability to get on the mountain – like the ski area is closed due to Covid-19 – or your holiday has to be cancelled for reasons related to Covid-19, then Crystal will allow you to amend or cancel your holiday for free, offering you a full cash refund the amount you paid. Yes, a full cash refund.
Crystal promises it will only take you on quarantine-free holidays. This means that if Crystal knows you’ll need to self-isolate or quarantine when you arrive at a destination, the company won’t take you there, and if you need to self-isolate when you return to the UK, you’ll have the option to amend your holiday for free.
Crystal is offering Covid Cover benefits too, which include free amends if you contract Covid-19 before you travel and insurance for medical costs if you contract it while you’re away. If you’re asked to quarantine during your holiday, Crystal will even cover you for the extra time you’re there and for a new return flight home. And of course, your holiday will be protected by ABTA and ATOL too.
Prevention is better than a cure, of course, so Crystal is doing everything they can to protect you against Covid-19 during your holiday, from deep-cleaning their TUI aircraft to making sure their accommodations and ski partners meet the highest standards of hygiene.
And, most importantly, Crystal promises to keep you informed. They will contact you before you travel about the current safety regulations in your resort. While you’re away, the Crystal team will be on hand to support you – you can get in touch with them 24/7 by phone.
The bottom line? You can book and travel and SKI with confidence.
Here is a final bit of good news – travelling to your chosen resort is also hassle-free with Crystal. All holiday packages include flights, transfers and accommodation, so you don’t need to spend hours trawling the internet looking for deals – which leaves you more time to stomp around the house in your ski boots getting super psyched for your trip.
Plus, you can add lift passes, equipment hire and ski school to your holiday too, so everything’s ready for when you arrive. You’ll get expert service every step of the way and, so you know what to expect when you arrive, Crystal’s free Ski Explorer app has snow reports, resort info and more.
From skiing with friends through a ‘great white paradise’ to long lunches with family in the sun. There’s no one way to winter. But however you do it, do it with Crystal. Here’s to making more incredible ski memories when we can.
PLEASE NOTE – THE CRYSTAL HOLIDAY PROMISE APPLIES TO WINTER 20/21 BOOKINGS ONLY.
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