Most of the clientele are Italians and Germans, so make sure you insist on (and get proof of) English-speaking instructors when you book. Prices for group lessons are comparable with the rest of the Alps, but as in many Italian resorts, the cost of a private lesson is astonishingly low, compared with the A-list resorts of France. In Meribel, for example, we’ve seen two-hour private classes advertised for double the cost of the equivalent lessons here.
A British family specialist is here
The resort’s family facilities are good – but it’s the presence of family-friendly tour operator, Powder Byrne that will interest British families most. By no stretch of the imagination could a Powder Byrne holiday be called cheap. But then we wouldn’t recommend San Cassiano if you’re budget’s tight anyway (because you’d miss out on all the lunches). So – if you’ve got the money to burn, and fancy a laid-back, sybaritic trip, with dawn-to-dusk childcare on hand if you want it, then give PB’s programme some serious thought. It features three hotels, and exclusive creches and ski school classes for its clients’ children – but the full range of services is only available during Easter and February half-term.
Local childcare facilities include ski classes and a kindergarten at La Villa ski school classes, at the San Cassiano ski school, and children’s playground on Piz La Villa, above the village of La Villa, run by the Dolomites ski school. Older children will love the 3.5km tobogganing run from Piz Sorega back into town, too.