Learning to ski in the authentic French Alps resort of Le Corbier, Les Sybelles.
Learning to ski in the authentic French Alps resort of Le Corbier, Les Sybelles.

12 Ways to Save Money on a Family Ski Holiday

By Rhonda Carrier

The problem with skiing is that it’s not a bucket-list holiday – let them try it once, and your kids will be hooked and desperate to go year after year. We’ve looked at ways that may help to make that a reality. 

• Stay in a lesser-known resort and benefit from lower prices on everything from restaurants to lift passes. The upside is that you’re likely to have a more authentic experience than in flashy resorts with an international clientele.

• Think about skiing in countries such as Andorra, Slovakia and Bulgaria, where prices might start as low as £110pp for flights and accommodation (with ski passes and meals out extra but relatively inexpensive).

• Alternaively, look at other more unusual choices,, such as Spain (Malaga or Grenada in Andalucia) or Italy (smaller resorts such as Bardonecchia, La Thuile and Cervinia).

• Book self-catering accommodation and set a limit on the number of meals you eat out during your trip.

• With older kids, consider a hostel, or even staying in a campervan or motorhome, either in dedicated areas in certain resorts or on nearby campsites. 

• Buy travel and accommodation separately, and perhaps even travel by coach if you think your kids are old enough to stand it (this is where gadgets come in handier than ever before!).

• Alternatively, stay half board in a hotel and pack picnic lunches to avoid having to shell out for resort and mountain restaurants. Some resorts, including family-friendly La Plagne, now have heated picnic halls. 

• Find a hotel that saves you money by including ski passes in your accommodation.

• If you’re dead-set on a ski chalet holiday, be canny and see if you can find one in which most places have been booked by another group or family – you may get a discount on the remaining spaces.

• If you come skiing by car, see if there are large supermarkets further down the valley, as these will have lower prices than in-resort shops.

• Borrow kit, especially for kids, who will grow out of theirs quickly. Or try discount clothes stores for good-value ski jackets and so on.

• Look out for deals on equipment and/our use cashback websites to earn money as you spend. Or you’re hiring ski gear, book online in advance to get the best prices.

See our favourite ski and winter sports holidays with children of all ages.

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