Here are our top 10 money-saving tips for your family ski holidays so you can hit the slopes without it breaking the bank.
If you’re tied to school holidays, the week before Christmas is a great time for a good value family holiday as prices are low and the slopes are quiet. Early or late Easter breaks can also be cheaper, but choose a high resort to be sure of snow. Avoid Christmas, New Year and the February half term week when prices spiral.
Families with pre-school children should consider travelling after the schools have gone back in January for best value and best chance of good snow.
Some operators offer flexible arrival days with varying lengths of stay, so you can plan your travel for midweek dates when flights and ferry crossings are cheaper.
Holiday companies put their best offers online. Check websites for last minute deals or discounts at off-peak times.
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Good childcare can add around £200 per child to the cost of a family ski holiday. Look out for weeks when operators may offer this for free, usually as a booking incentive during the low season months of January, February and March (excluding half term).
Complimentary ski and boot hire for children is sometimes available when parents pre-book equipment, look out for deals.
Avoid buying lunch from the rip-off sandwich bars on busy slopes, where a inedible hot dog or stale sandwich may cost as much as a substantial main course at a sit-down restaurant, where you can give yourself and the kids a proper break.
Look out for family ski pass deals, available in many resorts.
Some family ski specalists will supply baby and toddler essentials such as nappies, baby wipes and powdered formula milk directly to ski chalets. This can help reduce the number and cost of checked-in bags.
If you're travelling with teenagers who are keen to try out the local nightlife, choose accommodation near or in resort centres to avoid paying out on late night taxi fares.
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