Kids go free
The Hotel Cristallo is without doubt one of the best hotels in the Austrian Alps for family ski holidays. It ranks high on convenience with a ski-in ski-out location opposite the ski school and a spacious, high end feel throughout.
The kids will have so much to look forward to. There's a huge range of supervised activities like the supervised children's club and the ‘Jungle World' indoor kids' pool with its slide and baby pool, or the ball pool and soft play area.
The grown ups aren't left out either. There's a large lobby with open fire for a warm welcome, a cosy library for those moments of peace and the stylish, open plan lounge and bar is perfect for the laughs you'll be having. Don't miss the sun terrace overlooking the slopes.
The spa has an exceptional amount of features including an indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool. There's an adults-only 'Aquapura' spa with two saunas, a steam room, an outdoor hot tub, ice pool and relaxation rooms.
But that's not it - there are six treatment rooms with a full range of beauty and massage treatments on offer, plus four specialist treatment rooms that offer up hay bath, soft pack and double treatments. Then there's the spa lounge and the panoramic fitness room. It's all stunning.
Nearest lift: 50m
Tuition meeting point: 20m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Katschberg is one of our top-selling family resorts and is unbeatable when it comes to providing everything families need. Doorstep skiing, an unspoilt ski area, free childcare, a huge array of child-friendly activities and a record of excellent snow.
It's a fabulously unhurried ski area, and definitely one of Austria's best kept secrets. The environment is perfect for a beginner ski holiday - it has dedicated nursery slopes and miles of uncrowded pistes.
Katschberg is a quiet resort surrounded by beautiful pine forests, it also offers great skiing for intermediates, with loads of tree-lined runs. Night life is on the low-key side, with chilled out activities like night skiing, tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides on offer.
Area size: 70km
Resort altitude: 1640m
Skiing altitude: 1065m to 2220m
Number of runs: 32
Range of runs: 14% blue, 72% red and 14% black
Lifts: 8 drags, 5 chairs and 3 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 20km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: No
It's very easy to rest at the Cristallo. You have free use of 85m2 indoor pool and 110m2 heated outdoor pool. Free use of the 2000m2 adult-only ‘Aquapura’ spa area with its two saunas, steam room, outdoor hot tub, ice pool and relaxation rooms with panoramic views.
There's also six treatment rooms offering a full range of beauty and massage treatments and four specialist treatments rooms offering hay infusion, soft pack and double treatments. There's a spa lounge and if you really feel the need, a panoramic fitness room!
Full board starts with an extensive breakfast buffet with hot options and healthy alternatives. Both are available until 10.30am. Then the lunch buffet takes over. There's even a daily afternoon cake buffet. You have to force yourself out on to the slopes here!
When it comes to the evening meal, choose between a speciality buffet or a five-course meal with starter, soup, choice of main, salad buffet, dessert and finally a cheese buffet, all offered from 6pm. There's also a good choice of international wines to choose from.
Your three to 12-year-olds olds will love the free 'Falkyland' hotel-run kids' club that runs Sunday to Friday from 10am until 8pm. Lunch at the restaurant is included during childcare hours too, meaning it really is very convenient. A 'Jungle World' themed indoor pool with slide, baby pool and showers is open from 7am until 8pm every day too.
There's even a little family friend spa, called the 'Undersea World'. It features a sauna, steam room and showers for families. Let's not forget the well-equipped playroom complete with ball pool, soft play and arts and crafts materials!
The rooms feature modern, sleek décor and either a balcony or loggia, bath or shower, TV, mini-fridge, hairdryer and comfy bathrobes. There's a great selection on offer with everything from Royal rooms for couples right up to Family Suites for five.
Royal double rooms are perfect for couples or groups of three, while deluxe double rooms are better for larger groups and come with a double bed plus an extendable double sofa bed. The family rooms are ideal for, you guessed it, families - they come with three separate rooms, one of which is a separate alcove that features a bunk bed. Kids will love it!
Official rating: ****
Open plan lounge with fireplace
Sun terrace with slope views
Library with comfy seating
In-house ski hire
Ski storage with heated boot warmers
Free children's club for three to 12 year olds
Panoramic fitness room
Spa with indoor & outdoor pools
Adult-only Aquapura spa
Departure airports: Birmingham, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes