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Family fun on the slopes (Les Menuires).Family fun on the slopes (Les Menuires).

Overview

Given the opportunity to try it out, most kids fall in love with skiing and/or snowboarding. And with careful planning family skiing holidays really can last a lifetime because you’ll all want to keep going back for more. The bad news is that you’ll need to save your pennies if you want to go skiing every year!

The good news is that ski resorts are ever more child-friendly, and there are a growing number of alternatives to choose from, ranging from booking with family skiing specialists to do-it-yourself trips for those on a tighter budget, whereby you put all the elements (travel, accommodation, lessons and passes) together yourself. 

Long-standing family ski favourites in France and Austria are easily accessible by scheduled or charter flights and by Eurostar plus TGV trains, or you might want to spread your wings and try some of North America’s famous ski resorts.

See below for our expert tips for those considering a family ski holiday, plus links to our more detailed regional guides.

Offers

Ski Famille family ski holidays
Ski Famille

Family ski holidays this March under £2699 per family

Family chalet holidays with flights

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Alpine Elements - Family Ski Holidays
Alpine Elements - Activity Holidays

Last-minute ski holidays from £449

Book with Alpine Elements and save

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Inghams family holidays
Inghams

Half term ski deals from £549pp with Inghams

Self-catering ski inc. flights

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Recommended Partners

Pierre & Vacances

Great value self-catering apartments and chalets for family ski holidays in France More

Ski Famille

Family-friendly catered ski chalets in France with excellent childcare. More

Mark Warner

Luxury family ski holidays in Europe More

Tips

Take kids to a dry ski-slope to become familiar with the equipment, for lessons or to find out if younger children are ready for lessons.
 
Investigate the childcare offered – unless your kids are looked after to some degree, as a beginner you won’t be able to learn, or as an experienced skier you’ll be frustrated.  
 
Consider a holiday village combining self-catering apartments with hotel-style facilities, or catered chalets with professional childcare for extended families or families holidaying together. 
 
Rent children’s helmets, skis, boots and poles – they quickly grow out of them. Rent or borrow ski jackets and salopettes in the UK. Bring thick socks, gloves, hats, sunblock, ski goggles/sunglasses, and vests and thermal pants.
 
Buy suitable insurance.

See our full family ski holidays tips page for more advice, plus our guides to skiing in EuropeScandinaviaNorth America and the Far East, Family-friendly Ski Resorts in Eastern Europe and North American Ski Holidays on a Budget.

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Self-catering
Hotel
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Kids Club
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Ski Favourite

Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Hauts Bois, La Plagne.
Luxury apartments in Paradiski; near lifts, local childcare + ski club.

Winter Activity Favourite

Ranua Festive Family Adventure, Lapland (Finland).
A four-day break with wildlife encounters, thrilling activities and the chance to meet Santa.

Ski Feature

An All-Beginners Family Ski Holiday in Tignes in the French Alps.
Rhonda looks at ways to make sure your first family ski holiday is one to remember for all the right reasons.

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Offer of the Week

Elounda Bay Palace, Crete
10-nights in Crete during the school summer holidays for just £5744. Includes flights and half board accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children.

Poll

What do you remember most clearly about your childhood holidays?

Long days on the beach
38%
Long journeys by car or plane
22%
Making new friends
17%
Spending more time with parents
23%

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