Booking the brood into a family ski hotel comes with lots of benefits - like the new pals they’ll make for ski school, or the fact everything from potties to pool tables to interconnecting rooms can usually be provided upon request.
Our best ski hotels for families have handy locations near the slopes and ski schools - meaning minimal grumbles on the ski school run each morning. Some even come with play rooms and kids clubs for a week of smiling sprogs and worry-free parents.
They may not all have swimming pools, bouncy castles and games rooms (though last time we checked, Soldeu's Hotel Piolets had all three), but a family friendly hotel is one that doesn't restrict child access.
If your little ones are too young for ski school, or you want a lesson and childcare package, have a look at our ski hotels with childcare - where they'll have a whale of a time while you're out on the slopes.
When the lifts close, a lot of hotels hold early supper sittings (usually between 5-8pm) for kids. For afters, some hold movie nights before bedtime, get the kids together for pyjama clubs and provide baby-listening services so that Mum and Dad can switch off for a few hours.
Clowns to the left of you, jokers to the right, and your kids halfway across the hotel? The best family hotels have sussed that while you may not want your kids in the same room all evening, they also need to be close to hand. That's why many now offer "family rooms", joined by interconnecting doors.
Elsewhere you can add third beds to a double room for kids under 12 years, and there are other options besides. Ask our experts when you call to work out which is best for you.
We love all-inclusive because they save us all that hassle AND they save money while they're at it.
Lots of all-inclusive deals factor in childcare, lessons and lift passes too. Because everything's in one place, and instructors collect you at your hotel, there's less of the mad morning rush to get everyone ready. SNO's favourite all-inclusive family hotels – last time we checked, under 4's could stay for free!:
Being new parents doesn't mean forfeiting the annual ski trip.
Club Med is the master when it comes to baby facilities - providing a "baby welcome" to infants from 4 to 23 months, and baby buffets at dinner. Many other family friendly lodgings can provide the necessities on request, like baby gear (cots, changing mats, baths, high chairs) as well as bottle-warmers and pureed foods.
|Hotel Le Kaila||5||Meribel||France||42||Near slopes & ski school meeting place, spa|
|Hotel Koh-I Nor||5||Val Thorens||France||63||Games room, kids menu, baby pack for infants, ski in/out|
|Hotel Alpine Palace||5||Hinterglemm||Austria||131||Kids club, playroom, games room, spa with pool|
|Grand Massif Samoens||4 tridents||Samoens||France||420||Kids clubs, ski lessons, swimming pools, all-inclusive|
|Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil||4||Avoriaz||France||252||Ski in/out, kids clubs|
|Piolets Park Mountain Hotel & Spa||4||Soldeu||Andorra||150||Play room for kids, spa for parents|
|Hotel Bergwelt||4.5||Obergurgl||Austria||75||Kids clubs, games room, spa|
|Club Med La Plagne 2100||4 tridents||La Plagne||France||326||Kids clubs, ski school, ski in/out|
|Alpenpark Resort||4.5||Seefeld||Austria||140||Leisure centre with children’s fun world, games room, kids equipment|
|Hotel Le Cret||3||Morzine||France||90||Kids club, swimming pool|
|Hotel Le Petit Dru||4||Morzine||France||71||Indoor/outdoor pool, playroom, games room|
|Village Montana Hotel||4||Tignes||France||83||Ski in/out, play room & kids club, outdoor pool & wellness facilities|
|Club Med Cervinia||4 tridents||Cervinia||Italy||207||Indoor pool, table tennis, ski lessons & kids club, all-inclusive|
|Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa||4||Serre Chevalier||France||60||At the foot of the slopes, play area, kids menu|
|Village Club du Soleil||3||Flaine||France||110||Kids clubs, family dining area, wellness facilities|
|Beaver Run||4||Breckenridge||USA||515||Kids games room, childcare, ski in/out, indoor pool|
|Hotel Araucaria||4||La Plagne||France||84||Indoor pool & kids pool, spa, near centre, ski school & nursery slopes|
|Hotel Wisental||4||Obergurgl||Austria||27||Ski school in front of hotel, play room, leisure area|
|Holiday Club Hotel||4||Are||Sweden||244||8 swimming pools & waterslide, family activities|
|Hotel Arlberg||5||Lech||Austria||52||Ski from the door, indoor pool, kids menu, playroom|
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.