It may seem early to be thinking of the end of the ski season, but the huge snowfalls in the Dolomites during December have already matched the total snowfall for the area last winter and set the region up well for the entire season.
The Dolomiti Superski pass, one of the world's largest ski areas with 1200km (750 miles) of groomed piste, is already offering pre-booking of special deals for families from mid-March to the end of the winter.
The "SkiSpecial for Kids" promotion runs from 15th March to the end of the 2009 season means that the entire ski holiday is free for children during the last month of the winter.
Dolomiti Superski already offers free lift passes all winter for children under the age of 8 years (born after November 2000). But during the special period both the skipass and accommodation are free - on purchase of an adult skipass at the same time.
Youngsters aged under 12 (born after November 1996) pay half the price for their holiday. The offer applies to all participating establishments as well as open ski resorts for a maximum of two children for a minimum stay of seven days with children sleeping in their parents' room.
Many hotels and guesthouses welcome children offering competent care for the little ones, entertainment, and children's parties, as well as games rooms and popular children's menus.
The Dolomiti Superski Pass covers many individual famous ski areas such as Cortina or the Gardena Valley. Many of the areas are small to medium sized, but there are giant sectors within it including the Sella Ronda which lift links half a dozen areas and has great pisted touring. It's without doubt useful to have a car though if you wish to make full use of the ticket.