The air is crisp, the temperature has fallen and the snow is falling. Yes, it’s time to think about your family ski vacation again. The good news is that costs are not as high as they were and you have a quite impressive choice of destinations.
To state the obvious start the web. Any ski resort worth visiting has a website. There you’ll find much useful information on both the resort and facilities available. Usually someone needs ski lessons so a ski school is essential. Check out the prices and level of lessons on offer.
A wider look at the whole area should include the number and variety of ski slopes, ski lifts and trails. Ideally a range of slopes are available from the easy beginners slopes to the professional level vertical drop! If you have snowboard fans then check what’s available for them.
Where to stay can be a real point of contention in families. Hotels right in the resort near all the slopes and lifts are very convenient but tend to be the most expensive. Depending on your budget you may find yourself further out from the action. As long as there’s transport laid on for you that’s not always a bad thing. Have a good look at all your possible options in the area as there are often bargains to be has with a bit of time and effort.
Of course not everyone wants to ski all day. They may well want to try their hands at all the different winter sports available such as sleigh rides, dog sledding, whizzing round on snowmobiles or walking with snowshoes. Plus other more extreme sports such as paragliding or helicopter skiing. So check out what’s available in the immediate area and you’ll keep everyone happy.