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Family Ski Holidays

An unforgettable week together in the mountains! Book family skiing with Sno® experts. An unforgettable week together in the mountains! Book family skiing with Sno® experts.

Ski holidays with children

A chance to spend time with the children, but also enjoy well-earned adult time, certain that the kids are having a ball too. Fairy tale towns and chocolate box chalets all add to the magic of taking in the mountains and riding the snow.

For children an endless round of fun playing, sledging, skiing and boarding is interspersed with hot chocolate and the thrill of being with parents far removed from the treadmill back home. Learning is second nature to kids of any age, and they take to the snow like ducks to water. Watching their excitement, at play in the mountains, is a thrill in itself.

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Ski holidays with Childcare

With young children in tow, great childcare is key to a successful trip. Many chalets and hotels organise ski school, nannies or kids clubs, but don’t feel tied to using what’s offered in-house. Family-friendly resorts organise care for children from 3 months up to teenagers, from Ski School crèches and ski clubs through to private companies providing bespoke childcare and lessons. Decide what type how much (mornings/afternoons/all-day/evening babysitting) then book early for peak dates like the Christmas, New Year, Half Term and Easter school holidays.

Skiing with nanny or other families:
It’s increasingly popular to take a carer with you, or book in a group with other families, to share the childcare duties. Taking your own childcare has the twin benefits of (i) better discounts for large groups and (ii) not paying for childcare. You may also feel more comfortable if you know the person looking after your children. Naomi here at Sno gets taken skiing annually by a couple of families - her place on the trip is much cheaper than childcare for four kids.

Skiing with grandparents:
Grandparents love being with the kids in such a special environment - it’s wonderful for the kids and the folks, and saves on childcare costs. Read tips on skiing with children for more advice. If they don’t ski, grandparents are well catered for by choosing a more interesting resort with attractions beyond the slopes – go somewhere remarkable like Zermatt or Chamonix where you can walk inside the glacier, take the cog railway, visit the Alpine museum, view the Mont Blanc or Matterhorn… these real mountain towns with centuries of history are far more than mere “ski resorts”.

Best family ski resorts

The world’s best family ski resort is La Plagne!
With a claim as big as “world’s best”, there will be many that disagree, but we’re going to say it anyway and then you can send us your opinions! Here are a few more of the best, with the reason why they’re best in their field.
Best family ski resorts for being:
“quiet and safe, great childcare” → La Rosiere
“big mountain for everyone” → La Plagne
“learning to ski on a budget” → Flaine

Self-Catered Family Skiing

Find a cheap family ski holiday by choosing self-catered apartments. Pick your departure date & airport on our family ski deals page (it’s where the best discounts are). The very cheapest like self-drive (with ferry ticket for your car included) and even accommodation-only are a bit more DIY, but Sno cheaper way to ski!

Family Chalets

Relaxed home-from-home atmos', catering included and free wine with dinner! Many of our family chalets have “high tea” so children eat earlier, with adults dining together later, relaxed because the kids are a stone’s throw away. We love larger “chalet-hotels”, combining chalet catering with the extra facilities of larger accommodation.

Family Hotels

With half-board usually including breakfast and dinner, and often more options in terms of room types/sizes, hotels aren't as intimate as a chalet, but offer more privacy if your family is sharing (i.e. if not enough of you to book an entire chalet for sole-occupancy). Choose one with a pool to entertain off the slopes.

Inclusive Family Skiing

All-inclusive ski holidays are just the ticket for a week of hassle-free skiing and keeping costs under control. All food and drink is included in the price of the holiday and with childcare and ski lessons often thrown in too, you’re not only saving money but making the whole clan’s experience a great deal simpler - from the pre-holiday planning to your daily routines in resort.

Single Parent ski holidays

Our sociable, ‘families only’ chalets and family-focussed hotels are perfect if you’re planning a ski trip as a single parent. Staff are ready to lend a helping hand when it comes to things like childcare, meal supervising and the ski school run. You get to relax with other parents, while the youngsters make friends and keep each other company. There’s also plenty of chance to enjoy quality time together with your child, out on the mountains, around the resort and snug in your chalet or hotel.

Sno Secret

  • For child-friendly nursery slopes lookout for a “magic carpet” among the best family ski resorts.
  • Skiing with older children is a completely different bag, so read our skiing with teenagers resource.
  • Taking granny or tots who won’t ski every-day? Pick a resort for non-skiers, with lots going on, off the slopes.
  • Being prepared = stress free. Read our top tips, print off the packing list, and then… breathe…
  • If you're looking for somewhere more characterful and authentically alpine than the French mega resorts, but find Italy not quite so organised in terms if childcare and ski schools, our recommended favourite skiing nation is Austria.

Most popular family ski holidays

Hotel Resort Country Rooms Features
Grand Massif Samoens Samoens France 420 rooms All-inclusive resort, childcare, ski & board lessons, swimming pools
Hotel Alpine Palace Hinterglemm Austria 131 rooms 5* resort, kids club, playroom & games room, spa with pool
Club Med Valmorel Valmorel France 192 rooms All-inclusive resort, kids clubs, ski/snowboard school
Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee Tignes France Sleeps 92-121 Family suites & interconnecting rooms, swimming pool, close to slopes
Village Club du Soleil Flaine France 110 rooms Inclusive resort, kids clubs, family dining area, spa facilities
Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil Avoriaz France 252 rooms Ski in/out location, childcare
Chalet Nicole La Plagne France Sleeps 30 Close to slopes & ski school, family suites, spa facilities
Club Med La Plagne 2100 La Plagne France 326 rooms All-inclusive resort, childcare, ski lessons, ski in/out location
Chalet Ourson Les Arcs France Sleeps 12-15 Close to ski lifts, sauna & outdoor hot tub
Les Arcs Panorama Les Arcs France 433 rooms All-inclusive resort, childcare & ski lessons
Village Montana Hotel Tignes France 83 rooms Ski in/out hotel, play room, kids club, swimming pool & spa facilities
Village Club du Soleil Les 2 Alpes France 239 rooms Ski in/out location, childcare, sun terrace
Hotel Bergwelt Obergurgl Austria 75 rooms Childcare, games room, spa facilities
Village Club du Soleil Montgenevre France 173 rooms Kids club, evening entertainment
Chalet Alpenblume Obergurgl Austria Sleeps 40-50 Near slopes, wellness area, family rooms
Club Med Cervinia Cervinia Italy 207 rooms All-inclusive resort, childcare & lessons, swimming pool, table tennis
Chalet Camelia La Rosiere France Sleeps 14 Central location, family rooms, sauna
Chalet Hotel Mariandre Alpe d’Huez France Sleeps 61-69 Central location, family rooms
Chalet Caribou Tignes France Sleeps 8-13 Kids clubs, quiet location, home cinema
Chalet Romeo La Rosiere France Sleeps 16 Families-only chalet, close to lifts, sauna, family rooms

We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.

Cheap family ski holidays

Resort Country Family friendly resort features Prices (pp) from
Meribel France Brit-run ski schools, huge ski area, things for every age group £409
Courchevel France Super beginner runs, Brit-run ski schools, luxury family chalets £299
Val Thorens France Very snow sure, chalets near pistes, massive ski area £229
La Tania France Smaller 3 Valleys base, tons of skiing, friendly village £879
Tignes France Properties near pistes, snow sure skiing, independent ski schools £335
Val d'Isere France Snow sure skiing (& lots of it), non-ski activities, range of accommodation £557
Alpe d'Huez France Large, sunny ski area, great chalets, good for beginners £599
La Plagne France Ski in/out accommodation, snow sure, great place to learn £299
Les Arcs France Ski in/out properties, huge, high ski area, good for beginners £363
Morzine France Huge ski area, short airport transfers, family chalets & hotels £459
St Anton Austria Excellent ski school, family chalets, non-ski activities £499
Flaine France Short transfers, ski in/out properties, great beginner runs £399
Chamonix France Short airport transfers, plenty of non-ski activities, great ski schools £228
Les Gets France Short airport transfers, huge ski area, super family chalet £579
Les Deux Alpes France Great for beginners, £268
La Rosiere France Lovely family chalets, great beginner skiing, ski France & Italy £406
Yllas Finland Beginner friendly slopes, ski & meet Santa, awesome activities £319
Obergurgl Austria Snow sure skiing, chalets & hotels near the slopes, properties with on-site childcare £749
Mayrhofen Austria Fun slope & igloo village, super activities £589
Avoriaz France Ski in/out, traffic free resort, amazing family chalets, great leisure centre £212

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