Our travel expert gives us the low down on taking a skiing holiday with the family
There is nothing like a bit of snow...
A ski holiday has so much to offer the whole family and even a grumpy teenager can’t help get excited at the sight of snow (Yes, I speak from experience!!) You can guarantee that giggles and squeals will be heard all over the slopes as your little ones whizz (or roll) down to the bottom covered in snow. If you would rather spectate than participate then you will find excellent spa facilities, swimming pools or relaxing bars to unwind in as the rest of the family work hard at ski school!
It can be hard to choose the right resort for your family so as always it’s worth doing a bit of research before you go. If you have grown up kids or a child-minder in toe then Après Ski may be high on your list of priorities! Otherwise look out for properties that offer kids clubs and activities that are age appropriate for your children because let’s face it – if the kids are happy you will be happy!
Tip: If you are booking a ski trip remember to book your ski packs and ski school before you travel especially for the busier times – you don’t want to arrive in resort and find that they have been all booked out! Prices for beginners ski/ board packs start at €239pp and include standard ski / board and boot hire, lift pass and tuition for 6 days. (This can vary in different resorts)
Resort recommendations: Niederau and Soll in Austria, Les Arcs and La Plagne in France, Arinsal in Andorra or Kranjska Gora in Slovenia are all great for beginners and families. There are some really excellent childcare facilities and accommodation that cater very much to family’s needs, the likes of the Hotel Jagerwirt in Kitzbuel in Austria or the Hotel Petit Prince in Alpe d’Huez in France are very popular hotels for families. Going All-Inclusive can help with keeping your costs down, especially if travelling with hungry teenagers and children, while there aren’t as many options for All-Inclusive on a ski holiday there are usually a few good options in each country. Adaptive accommodation options for passengers with disabilities as well ski schools with qualified adaptive instructors are a great addition to most resorts with the likes of the Hotel Sport in Soldeu Austria or the Hotel Tango in Val Thorens, France being good choices.
Accommodation varies greatly in ski resorts with choices ranging from very basic apartments to luxury hotels and catered chalets. You will find eating out options ranging from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. There is a ski holiday to suit most budgets and tastes and the resorts themselves generally have a variety of activities as well as excellent ski. Why not try snowboarding or Cross-country skiing, or just relax in a sauna or hit the shops.
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