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Thousands of families face disappointment this winter 

One of the UK’s leading family ski holiday specialists, Esprit Ski, will not run any ski holidays this winter due to “operational challenges” posed by Covid-19, a bitter blow to families keen to get to the mountains this winter, reports Abigail Butcher.

The UK Hotelplan Group, which owns Esprit Ski, as well as Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski, will also not be offering any chalets or chalet hotels in France, and has suspended all travel to Finland for this winter, disappointing families hoping to travel to Lapland before Christmas.

Joe Pont, the chief executive of Hotelplan, said the “difficult decision” had “not been taken lightly” – particularly because interest in ski holidays has grown since the announcement that Covid-19 vaccines are on the way.

“Due to the ongoing travel restrictions across the UK and Europe, combined with unpredictable and constantly evolving situation of Covid-19, we are faced with uncertain operational challenges when it comes to running our successful childcare programme, chalets and chalet hotels.”

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