Family Ski Holidays Ski Resorts & Holidays

The prospect of organising ski holidays with children can be daunting, as the overall success of a family ski holiday is heavily dependent upon whether your children are enjoying themselves. If you get it right you can rest assured you'll create some of the most special and lasting memories you and your children will share. Therefore, choosing the right family ski resort is paramount and will go a long way to determining how successful your family skiing holiday will be. We have information on many family ski resorts and accommodation, so you'll be sure to find one to match your family's preferences and ski experience. We've listed some tips on the things to consider when organising family skiing holidays. However, as all families are different we recommend you contact one of our sales consultants, who will be able to recommend a family friendly ski resort and accommodation to suit your family's specific needs.

Family friendly Ski resorts

Resorts with gentle runs - both long, top to bottom runs - as well as nursery slopes. Resorts that have well linked slopes are a good idea. Short legs get tired easily when walking in ski boots!
Choosing a compact family ski resort means that all resort amenities are close at hand, avoiding more walking; and accommodation near the lift system avoids having to tackle the ski bus or more walking in ski boots. Not a problem for Mum and Dad, but a real challenge for junior. Whilst the main activity on family ski holidays is of course skiing, choosing a family ski resort with other activities available both indoor (swimming etc) and outdoor (ice-skating, tobogganing etc) is often a wise move, in case they want to take a break from the slopes
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Family Ski Accommodation

Ski-in, Ski-out accommodation means less walking but these properties tend to book up early and are not surprisingly more expensive than comparable properties further from the slopes. As even a few hundred yards in ski boots can seem much further than it is, (and of course Dad will no doubt have to carry an extra pair of Skis!) this is an extra worth serious consideration for the convenience alone. Alternatively, if your little ones are happy walking in their boots then accommodation near a ski bus stop will still enable so you move around the ski resort easily. If taking ski holidays with children, it might be useful to find a hotel which has in-house kids clubs, which cater for kids all day long if they're non-skiers (please note there is usually a charge for this service). Much depends on whether you want the flexibility of cooking in an apartment or the service of a half board hotel. A family friendly ski chalet, which offers predominantly half board accommodation, is an attractive option as they are usually small residences with a maximum of 20 guests. As the rooms are usually over just 2 or 3 floors, you can put the kids to bed, and relax in the living area for a drink or two, safe in the knowledge that you're close by. At the end of each day after your kids have filled their lungs with fresh mountain air, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting them to off to sleep at bed time.
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Transfers on Family Ski packages

Transfers are usually included in a family ski package. Transfer times vary greatly from resort to resort. However, you should expect a much longer journey to a Ski resort than you'd expect on a beach holiday as airports can't be built in mountainous areas. Our experience suggests that the maximum comfortable transfer length is 2 to 3 hrs. Make sure you take reserves of drinks and snacks to last your whole journey.
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Childcare in a Family Ski Resort

Most operators have a Kids club and crèche, usually for 3-4 to 10 year olds and 6 month to 3-4 year olds respectively. In house crèches are hard to come by and should be booked well in advance. Childcare offered by the operator is either half or full day and the price often varies between high and low season. In addition, there are 'Resort kindergartens'. Of course you could always take your own nanny/granny or travel with another family in order to share the burden. Most operator run clubs will be predominantly English speaking, however, please remember that some hotel run clubs may be staffed by people who speak English only as a 2nd language, and may comprise of children of differing nationalities - a great cultural learning experience! Taking friends of a similar age on family skiing holidays or making it easy to make friends in resort will ensure companionship, meaning that the kids will enjoy themselves so much more.
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Family Skiing in School Holidays

Of course, most families prefer to travel in school holiday time. Not surprisingly, these dates book up before all other weeks so booking early is recommended in order to give you a wide choice.
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Family skiwear

Setting yourself up with all the necessary ski clothing and equipment can be an expensive business, but we don't recommend that you skimp on the quality of the clothing you take - particularly gloves, as a cold child is grumpy child Therefore hiring essential items like Jackets, Trousers/Pants, Fleeces and Helmets, even Hats, Goggles, Gloves & Socks can be a good idea, particularly, if you have children that are still growing. 
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Ski Holiday Discounts for Children

When you share a 3 or 4 bedded room with your children, they usually will be eligible for a reduction (subject to 2 full paying passengers occupying the room). However, some operators give a small child reduction even if they have their own room or a small reduction for children sharing with 1 adult. Children are usually classed as 2-11 or 12 year olds in hotels and chalets and 2-15 or 16 years in apartments. Free Child Places exist but you will have to book early, and are not usually combinable with other deals for adults or children. Please give one of our sales consultants a call to find out the best reductions for your family.
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