Get smart and save on a family ski holiday

There’s no such thing as a bargain family ski holiday in high season. But there are plenty of ways to save on a family ski holiday, from choosing your dates wisely to picking villages over resorts, looking at Italy or Austria instead of France, thinking about what’s really included in all-inclusive and being a bit creative with your travel options.


1/10 Avoid the Alpine A-Listers

Courchevel is very smart, Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort, Zermatt sits under the Matterhorn and Solden opens lifts in September, has three mountains over 3000m and owns the Rettenbach Glacier. Unsurprisingly prestigious resorts are pricey but not necessarily better for a family holiday. To save on a family ski holiday, go off-book and take a wander around the smaller villages and towns in the French Alps, Dolomites and Austrian Tyrol. What they lack in nightlife and Michelin starred restaurants, is made up for in charm, quieter ski-schools for kids, uncrowded green and blue runs and much lower prices. Most have easy access to wider ski areas and lift passes are usually considerably cheaper – half the price of more popular resorts in some cases.

Image: The Alpine village of Niederthai in the Otztal valley, in the Austrian Tyrol