From budget holidays to flexible childcare, in our top pick of trips you’ll find something to perfectly meet the needs of you and your brood
Unless stated otherwise, prices are based on seven nights chalet board for two adults and two children including flights and group or private airport transfers. Accommodation is in shared or adjoining family rooms. Lowest price is for the starting rate for a week in January and highest is the starting rate for the February half term week, and are subject to availability. Childcare costs are extra, unless specified.
1. Best for budgeting families
Erna Low specialises in good value, self-drive holidays to well-located, family-friendly hotels and apartments in a wide range of resorts across Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland. Le Village in the French resort of Arc 1950 is ski-in ski-out and pedestrianised, with a welcoming family atmosphere and a convenient on-site supermarket.
From £1,040 to £2,721, self-catering, based on a family with two children of any age, including a return Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossing and an early booking discount, available until November 2017.
2. Best for first timers on the slopes
New for this season, Crystal Ski Holidays is introducing the Swedish resort of Vemdalen to its winter programme. Made up of three low-altitude ski areas, connected by free ski bus transfers, most pistes are green or blue and each area has a dedicated beginners’ zone. The four-star Fallmoran Apartments, two minutes’ walk from the lifts, are in contemporary style with well-equipped kitchens and a children’s ski area nearby.
From £1,270 to £3,684, self-catering, based on a family with two children aged between two and 11 years.
3. Best for affordable, piste-side accommodation
Ski France offers well-located, mid-range hotels and apartments in 50 resorts across the French Alps. A Kids Go Free deal for children aged up to 17 years is available throughout the winter season at a selection of hotels, including Hotel Le Mottaret, located by the pistes in Meribel-Mottaret. This three-star hotel with a barbecue restaurant lies close to the ESF ski school.
From £2,348 to £3,944 based on a family with children aged under 17 years, including transfers. Flights are extra.
4. Best for quiet, well-located resorts
The Family Ski Company has plenty of options for parents wanting childcare for small children and accommodation in catered chalets in low-key French resorts. New for this year is ski-in ski-out Chalet Jazz in the Trois Vallées resort of Reberty 2000 with four refurbished family suites, good views and a hot tub on the terrace.
From £2,036 to £5,576 based on a family with two children aged from two to 12 years, including transfers. Flights are extra.
Watch Graham Bell ski the Grand Couloir run in Courchevel
5. Best for family-sized suites
Esprit Ski‘s comprehensive family-friendly programme is provided in France, Austria and Italy, and includes exclusive crèches, clubs, classes and evening childcare services. Top holiday pick is the company’s ski-in ski-out flagship property, Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines in Belle Plagne, with family suites sleeping up to five and “super-suites” for extended families. It also has an indoor swimming pool.
From £2,519 to £8,229 based on a family with two children aged between two and four years.
6. Best for more experienced skiers
Ski Total’s range of affordable accommodation in catered chalets and hotels, mostly in France but also in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, is best suited to skiing families who no longer need childcare and kids clubs. New for the 2017/18 season is the Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in the centre of the Italian resort of Cortina, a short hop by complimentary minibus (or a seven-minute walk) to the Faloria cable car. It has wood beams, an open fire and small spa area.
From £2,570 to £4,039 based on a family of four with two children aged from six to 12 years.
7. Best for looking for club activities
Mark Warner is best-known for providing sociable chalet-hotels and specialist childcare with options in eight resorts across France, Italy and Switzerland. In-house creches, clubs and complimentary evening care are provided for children aged up to 12 years. One of the best is the Chalet Hotel Berangere, next to the pistes in Les Deux Alpes, with a large sun-terrace and heated, indoor swimming pool.
From: £2,726 to £5,906 based on a family with two children aged between two and 15 years.
8. Best for flexible childcare
Ski Famille has expanded to 15 chalets this season. These sleep from nine to 30 and are located in three family-friendly resorts in France. A new addition to the portfolio is ski-in ski-out Chalet Aigle in Les Menuires in the Trois Vallées, sleeping up to 17, with a hot tub, cinema room and children’s playroom. Private nannies will provide in-house childcare if required and there are clubs for older children.
From £2,940 to £7,853, based on a family with two children aged between two and seven years.
9. Best for private nannies
VIP Ski has catered chalets and hotels in 12 resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria, with nannies available in most areas. Altitude Lodge, located on the piste in the Les Gets ski area of Les Chavannes, is one of their more popular dedicated family chalets. Sleeping up to 29 guests, it has five family rooms, some with private outdoor hot tubs. In-chalet childcare service is available.
From £3,567 to £7,797, based on a family with two children aged between two and 12 years.
10. Best for all generations
Meriski offers private nannies or crèche places and a portfolio of 10 upmarket, catered chalets in the French resort of Méribel in the Trois Vallées. Chalet Kalliste, sleeping 10 in comfortable rooms, includes a separate suite for accompanying grandparents who want some privacy. With its relaxed nightlife, sports centre and bowling alley, the resort has plenty to keep teenagers happy.
From €4,000 to €9,200 per week, based on a family with two children aged under 12 years. Flights and transfers are extra.
11. Best for teenies to teens
Powder Byrne suits families wanting luxurious hotel or self-catering accommodation and childcare in top Swiss, Austrian and Italian resorts. The apartments at Casa Flumina, in the Swiss resort of Flims, are suitable for large families or for two families wanting to holiday together. They have a separate TV and games room for children plus wellness area and complimentary ski guiding for adults and children aged 14 years and over. The Yeti Primer programme introduces pre-school children to skiing.
From £6,940 to £11,580 based on a family with two children of any age.
12. Best for all-inclusive prices
Club Med offers family-friendly accommodation in resorts across France, Italy and Switzerland, and includes full board, lift passes, lessons and childcare for 4-17 year olds within its all-inclusive rates. Opening for this season is a newly-built ski resort, Grand Massif Samoens Morillon in France, offering 420 rooms, of which over two-thirds are interconnecting. It has three restaurants and clubs for children aged from four to 17 years, plus indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and spa.
From £6,970 to £17,342, all-inclusive, based on a family with two children aged between four and 17 years.