ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- Families planning to take their children skiing in Europe will find a selection of kid-friendly packages through Valtur North America, based here.

The company, founded in 1964, offers inclusive winter holidays in Italy that cater to the younger set, according to company president Fred Berardo.

"All of our Italy destinations have one or more special programs just for children. They are broken down by age group, such as Mini Clubs [for kids 5 to 12] and Junior Clubs [for teens]," Berardo said.

Some of the properties also offer infant care and day care for nonskiing children, "which is very rare in Europe," he said.

Ski instruction and children's programs are included in the overall price.

Additional amenities include videotaped lessons that skiers and their instructors analyze together at the end of the day, Berardo said.

"The price includes three meals a day; usually a buffet for breakfast and lunch and a sit-down dinner with wine," which offers flexibility for families with picky eaters, he added.

Among the Valturn Villages in Italy is Pila, above, near the French border.
Sports activities, including the use of an indoor swimming pool, are available at no additional charge.

Not included are massages at the Valtur Well-Being Center as well as ski and snowboard rental equipment, "which are available on site and not very expensive," Berardo said.

The Valtur Village at Marilleva, located in the Italian Alps between the Male and Campiglio ski areas, offers slopeside accommodations.

Also featured are a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sauna and a solarium.

Guests can ski and snowboard or join the Nonskiers Club for musical shows and theme parties in the disco.

At the two restaurants, families will find adult and children's menus and buffets, as well as pizza.

A seven-night package is priced from $1,199 per person, double, and from $737 for children, depending on age.

The rate includes roundtrip air fare from New York via Alitalia Airlines, airport transfers from Milan, seven nights' hotel accommodations, meals and beverages and lift tickets.

Also included are a children's ski school, the use of sporting facilities, evening entertainment, hotel taxes and service charges.

This resort offers an Infant Club for children up to the age of 2, and a Baby Club for kids ages 2 to 5.

Pila, located in the region of Aosta near the French border, is accessible from the Turin airport.

The Valtur Village is situated near the ski runs and offers a tavern, a safe, a sauna, a boutique and a swimming pool.

In addition to the main restaurant, there is an eatery offering local specialties, such as cheese fondue and venison. Children's selections are available at each meal.

The village is situated within a few minutes' drive from ancient Roman camps of Aosta as well as several 14th century castles, including the Castello di Fenis.

Rates begin at $1,099 for adults; $351 for kids.

The village is modern, and guest rooms have been refurbished recently; they offer satellite television, telephones and hair dryers.

Pila lift tickets are valid at neighboring ski areas Courmayeur, Cervinia and La Thuile; transfers are not included.

Sestriere, chosen to host the 2006 Olympic games, is situated in the Piedmont region of Italy, also near the French border.

The Valtur Village is located in the heart of the ski area and offers a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a disco and a boutique.

Guest rooms have telephones, televisions and hair dryers.

There is a dining area set aside for kids ages 12 and younger with a dedicated menu, as well as a weekly children's lunch in a log cabin, available at an additional charge.

The Mini Club children's program is open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., including four hours of ski school each day.

In addition to skiing, Mini Club activities include games, theater, movies and theme parties.

Teens can participate in activities at the Junior Club, including table tennis, football, disco and a theatrical production.

Rates at Sestriere begin at $1,199 for adults; $485 for children.

Call Valtur North America at (888) 482-5887 or visit www.valtur-usa.com.

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