An unforgettable week together in the mountains! Pick your perfect family ski holiday with Sno® experts. An unforgettable week together in the mountains! Pick your perfect family ski holiday with Sno® experts.
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.
With young children in tow, great childcare is key to a successful trip. Many properties 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”.
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
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!
Relaxed home-from-home atmos', catering included and free wine with dinner! Many 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.
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.
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.
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