Ski with kids: Family Ski Accommodation
Family friendly ski hotelsLook for hotels with varied facilites such as swimming pools or games rooms. Some hotels offer linked rooms so parents can relax while tired out children take an early night. Look for ski to door to save little legs getting worn out before you even get to the slopes. Also, you'll be near to your base should you need to pop back for anything.
Family friendly Hosted Chalets:Or, in a hosted chalet, you are looked after by a live in host who prepares breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner (usually 6 nights a week). Chalets generally have more living space so children can comfortably play while parents relax.
With Thomson Holidays you can choose from family ski hotels or family chalets. The hotels tend to be centrally located, near to the slopes or if not, very close to a ski bus stop. They also offer childcare either close by or, in some cases, on site. When booking on the Thomson website, keep and eye out for the following logos for holiday savings:
'Kids ski free' these vary at different resorts from free tuition, free lift passes to free hire of equipment.
'Kids go free' this can mean free or reduced child accommodation so do check the details before you buy.
'snow savers' a variety of reduced prices.
Hotel Diva in Tignes, France (Thomson rating 4.5)- ski to and from the door
- 3 minutes from the Grand Motte lifts
- 7 minutes walk to the ski school
- Crystal Pepi Penguin Club on site (6 mths-4 yrs)
- Whizz Kids Club on site (4-11 yrs)
- French run International clubs also on site, including basic ski lessons with ESF (ecole ski France).
- Free and reduced price holidays available for children aged 2-11 yrs when sharing with 2 adults. Read more on Hotel Diva here...
Hotel Grande Clavier, Crystal Club (Thomson rating 3.5)- 3 mins to ski slopes
- short walk to village centre
- Pepi Penguin Club (6 mths - 4 yrs) on site
- Whizz kids Club (4-11 yrs) on site.
- free evening snuggle and pyjama clubs for children in all day childcare.
- highchairs, potties, toilet steps, non-slip bathmats, sterilisers all available
- Free and reduced price holidays available for children aged 2-11 yrs when sharing with 2 adults.
Read more about Hotel Grande Claviere here...
You don't need to stay at the same hotel where the kids clubs are based, you can stay at a nearby Thomson hotel and drop your children off at the club site.
See here for more on Thomsons family ski chalets.
'Free Child Places' Look out for properties offering this self explanatory offer. Each will display the 'free child place' logo.
Children's discounts. Some properties offer up to 45% discount off the adult price for children aged 2-11 years. Some offer even higher discounts for children aged 2-5 years. Look out for the discount logos.
'Free Child Lift Passes'. Look out for resorts offering this saving.
Neilson offer a long list of best family ski hotels that offer their own creche, or superb childrens facilities or provide an excellent location close to the ski school and nursery slopes. The hotels they recommend on their site for family ski holidays are marked with the logo 'Good for Families'. Here are a couple of examples. They also have hosted chalets for a homely alternative.
Hotel Feriengut Ellmauhof, Hinterglemm, Austria (Neilson Rating 4+)
Check out this amazingly family friendly hotel from Neilson. As well as a gorgeous children's pool, playrooms and playground there's a free onsite farm with free pony rides.- free hotel run childcare (from 2 yrs)
- Free toboggans and snowshoes
- Childrens' pool
- Games rooms with play areas, board games, books, etc.
- two room suites (one bedroom and separate living area with beds)
- free use of Vital World Ellmau spa area
- buggies, baby baths and baby monitors available
- 25% child discount available Read more on Hotel Feriengut Ellmauhof here...
Neilson Hotel Aalborg, Les Deux Alpes, France (Neilson Rating 3+)- family rooms with linked bedrooms available (for families of up to 6) all with piste views.
- nursery slopes on the doorstep
- ski to door
- 50m to nearest lift
- 250m to resort centre
- Neilson children's clubs on site.
- Free sauna
- ski lockers with heated boot warmers
- 35% child discount available. Read more about Neilson Hotel Aalborg here...
Check out other family hotels from Neilson on their website www.neilson.co.uk.
Neilson Chalet Ski Holidays on their site here...
Photo (top) courtesy of Horia Varlan via Flickr