Skiing and snowboarding is not the cheapest holiday you can take – and once you're done it you’ll all want to keep going back for more! But it's one of our favourite types of holiday – active in the great outdoors, with lots of family bonding time. And beyond the slopes there are lots of thrilling outdoor activities to add to the fun, such as husky sledging and ice climbing.
The good news is that ski resorts in general are becoming ever more child-friendly, and many of the more popular ones have ever-better, more modern facilities. The bad news is that climate change looks set to bring about rapid changes in the ski industry: in some places, only high-altitude, snowsure resorts will survive, while unpredictable weather may make last-minute bookings the main trend. This will all impact further on prices. For these reasons, it's more important than ever to talk to a family ski expert or travel agent with experience in family ski holidays; we can advise on the best resorts and properties for your needs as well as fast-tracking you to the best deals.
Most British families choose family-friendly ski resorts in family-friendly ski resorts in Europe for ease of access as well as affordability, although we also offer family ski holidays in North America, which similarly has some of the best family ski resorts in the world for those who don't mind the longer journey and possible jet lag. Beyond these major destinations, we can also advise on interesting possibilities such as Japan.
We work closely with an array of hand-picked partners to offer family ski holidays in Europe and in the USA and Canada for a range of budgets. Self-catering apartments and condos can offer the best value for money as you don't have to eat out, but fully catered options including hotels and chalets can make for a really relaxing time.
Check out our offerings with Pierre & Vacances, Esprit Ski, Mark Warner, Crystal Ski Holidays, Club Med and Inghams, or call us on 020 3633 0653 or fill in our enquiry form and let us advise you on the best ski holiday for your family.
Our Tips for Family Ski Holidays
• Before your trip, take kids to an indoor ski centre to become familiar with the equipment, for lessons or to find out if younger children are ready for lessons.
• If you have very young kids, find out if childcare is offered by your accommodation or the resort – 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.
• Ensure you have suitable insurance.
See our full family ski holidays tips page for more advice.