Neilson - full name ‘Nielson Active Holidays’ - take the stereotypical idea of relaxation being achieved by a ‘lay around doing nothing holiday’ and lob it right out of the window! With the motto of ‘relax as hard as you like’, these guys do a sterling job of showing that relaxation can also be accomplished spending a long day gliding down snowcapped mountains – sounds good to us!
On one of these holidays, you can find yourself in France, Austria, Italy or Andorra, in one of over a dozen highly regarded resorts. When it comes to getting there, you’ve a choice of flights from several UK airports. There’s a range of accommodation to pick between, in the form of chalets and hotels.
Families are well-looked after on these packages - when we last checked, several resorts had children’s clubs for sprogs aged 4 months - 12 years.
Chalets from this supplier generally cater for somewhere between 4 and 24 guests, which works for small families all the way up to large groups. They’re designed to be comfortable and homely habitats with the added extra of a chalet host to take care of the things at home you might want a break from – most notably cleaning and catering. Lots will include a sauna or steam room, and many come with the cosy, aromatic warmth of an open fireplace. Your hosts prepare a daily supply of a substantial breakfast, afternoon tea with snacks, and - on 6 days out of 7 - an evening meal with wine.
Neilson take great pride in their handful of properties across Europe. Last time we checked, all were under 350m from lift bases and came with stylish en-suite rooms. Mostly rated 3 or 4 stars, they often have lounges and wellness facilities like a spa and pool. Food’s included, usually in the form of half-board catering, meaning you won’t need to worry about where your next meal will be coming from.
Keep your eyes out for the latest special offers available through this supplier. If you’re in an even-number group, you might score a deal paying half of the going rate for lift passes, as there are frequently 2 for 1 offers. School holiday ski deals are often available for a choice of destinations. Sometimes in Andorra, kids get a free lift pass (depending on age and availability).
Many of these packages also includes a feature that you won’t typically find through by other operators - a ski guide and coaching service. You’ll be sure to cover more ground when with someone who has prior knowledge of the ski area, and their instructor tips might come in handy too if trying to refine your technique a little.
It can be overwhelming trawling through hundreds of holiday websites looking for ‘the one’, so hopefully having all Neilson packages in one place right here will come in handy. Besides holidays from this particular tour operator, our website also shows packages from all other tour operators – you can search through everything on our ski homepage to find the perfect skiing set-up.
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Neilson have over 40 years of experience as ski holiday specialists and are part of Neilson Active Holidays Ltd, which as well as ski holidays, also offers sailing and active beach holidays. Their office is in the vibrant seaside city of Brighton.
Common miss-spellings include Nielson, Neilsen, Nieson and Nielsen.