Unless indicated, costs are half-board adult prices. Some hotel specialists have suggested a particular family-friendly hotel as indicative of a mid range option. Child discounts vary hugely.
Tel 0203 393 0833 consensioholidays.co.uk
Stunning top-end chalet programme in Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere. We like the look of Chalet Elephant Blanc in Val d’Isere which sleeps 10 and costs from £10,340.
Tel 020 8246 5300 powderbyrne.com
Hotel specialists in 13 European resorts and Beaver Creek in the USA plus family apartments in Laax, Switzerland and San Cassiano, Italy. a&u favourite largely due to its awesome childcare (though they know how to look after the grown ups too). Exclusive crèches in 7 resorts (comp during low season and from £450 p/w in school holidays) and fab children’s ski programmes. Yeti Primer for 3 year olds in 5 resorts (from £495 p/w) and Yeti club for ages 4–9 (from £585 p/w). For 10–14 year olds, SnoZone (from £495 p/w) and in Zermatt PowderZone (see below) : off-piste tuition ending with heli-drop (from £600) or Martin Bell ski camp (11–15 years from £545p/w).
The Powder Zone programme has changed this year and is now a 3 day course (not including the helidrop as previously advertised) it operates in Zermatt (from £350 p/w) and Grindelwald (from £320 p/w). This programme is offered to 14 + (including adults) who want to learn powder skiing.
Cost: Self-catering from £1,159. Hotels from £1,453, half-board.
New for 2013
This year Powder Byrne have two new exciting kids programmes available in selected resorts; Freestyle - Operating in Laax (for 5 days over February half-term) for skiers age 12+. This programme offers confident skiers the opportunity to learn tricks and take to the snowpark instructed by specialist freestyle instructors. The course also includes sessions at the world-class FreeStyle Academy in Laax. (from £545 p/w)
Freezone - Back by popular demand is our complimentary guiding programme, created for teens aged 14+ who want to meet others their own age and not have to ski with their parents. Available in Flims, Zermatt, Grindelwald and Zurs during selected weeks
Easter Hotel Offers: Prices are based on adult sharing a double room.
Austria, St Christoph, Hotel Maiensee, 31Mar - 7Apr - Deluxe Double, £2440 pp on half board with all PB services
Switzerland, Zermatt, Hotel Schweizerhof, 8-15th Apr - Twin, £2765 on half board with all PB services
Tel 020 868 25050 scottdunn.com
Fantastic chalets and a selection of hotels in Europe, USA and Canada. All chalets include hosts, chefs and driver service, plus private nannies in Courchevel 1850, Val d'Isère, Zermatt and St Anton (from £395 p/w for first child, £195 for subsequent children).
Tel 08701 123 119 vip-chalets.com
Popular exclusive chalets in Meribel, Val d’Isere, Alpe d’Huez, Morzine, Les Gets, La Plagne, and, new this season, two chalets in Zermatt. Private nanny service in all destinations except Zermatt and Verbier (£450–£750 full day, for up to four kids). This year they have designated four chalets as ‘family-friendly’. You can book by room (not just the whole property) and all properties will be full of family ‘essentials’. Cost: £719 to £2,499
Tel 08453 676767 clubmed.co.uk
23 fully all-inclusive ski resorts with 15 offering inclusive Children’s Clubs and tuition from 4+. La Plagne 2100, Peisey-Vallandry and Tignes Val Claret are particularly recommended. A new resort in Yabuli, China opened in 2010 and a luxurious new family resort in Valmorel opened for this season.
Cost: Tignes Val Claret from £908 per adult and £752 per child but more inclusive than most (ski pass, lessons etc).
Tel 0871 231 2256 crystalfamilies.co.uk
Extensive programme of hotels, self catering and family friendly chalets. Lots of childcare/ski options include Pepi Penguin (4 months–4 yrs), Whiz Kids (for skiing and non–skiing children aged 3–11), private nanny service (6 months–8 yrs) and, unsually, special needs childcare service.
Family Ski Company
Tel 01684 540333 familyski.co.uk
Chalets (sleeping 4–20) in three French resorts: Ardent (Portes du Soleil), Reberty (Les Trois Vallees) and Les Cloches (Paradiski) plus chalet hotel in Saas Fee. Highy recommended range of childcare/ski options: Powder Pups from 3 months to 4yrs (£275); Powder Hounds, ages 4–7 (£299) and for ages 7–12 choose from Huskies (£359) or Adventurers (£299) which combine skiing (ski school with Family Ski Company helper) and childcare. Cost: £449 to £1,449. Flights extra.
Tel 0871 703 3888 markwarner.co.uk
13 chalet hotels throughout France, Italy and Austria. Chalet hotels offer full day childcare from 4mths–12yrs incl supervised lunch and high tea (£180–£285). Escorted ski school service (from £175). Childcare includes a free evening drop in crèche service. Cost: £530 to £1,880.
Tel 0844 789 8155 neilson.co.uk
Chalets, hotels and self-catering options throughout Europe, Canada and USA. Their Top 10 Family Resorts have some unusual destinations including two in Norway, one in Sweden and one in Bulgaria.
Tel 01243 780405 skibeat.co.uk
Chalets in La Plagne, Les Arcs (including a new one for this season), La Tania, Meribel, Val d’Isere and La Rosiere. Childcare options from 3mths in four resorts (not Meribel/Val d’Isere) incl. private nannies (from £625), crèche facilities (from £195) or ski school with afternoon care (from £175). Cost: £509 to £1,339
Tel 01243 200201skibespoke.com
New operator made up of the crew formerly at Made to Measure Ski and Ski Dream so particularly strong on North America. Some of the properties are resolutely top-end but they have a good range of hotels, incl some three star options, hence their inclusion as mid-range. Cost: They recommend the Hotel St Zeno, Serfaus, Austria as a perfect family hotel in a pretty car-free resort. From £3,995 per family.
Tel 01252 618300 espritholidays.co.uk
Exclusive chalets and chalet hotels in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France. Full-time nursery care 4mths–3yrs (£285). Mix of ski school/kids’ clubs in popular classes: Spritelets, Sprites and Snowboarding, from £185. Cost: £429 to £1,409.
Tel 01252 365 495 skifamille.co.uk
Famille ski chalets with 6 days of in-house, a la carte childcare. Chalets in Les Gets, Reberty 2000 and La Plagne sleeping 8 – 22 people. Flights and transfers included.
SINGLE RESORT SPECIALISTS
Tel 020 7824 9290 amazoncreek.co.uk
Four utterly gorgeous chalets in Chamonix. Stunning locations, indoor spas, private cinema rooms and superb personal service from a team that really know this resort inside out. From Chalet Baby Bear (sleeps 4) to Chalets Baloo, Anchorange and Amazon Creek (all of which sleep up to 10).
Tel 020 7289 6958 chillypowder.com
Intimate chalet hotel and separate chalet in Morzine. Integral creche 3 months–4 yrs combines with ski club pick up and afternoon childcare for older kids (315€ full day, 225€ half day, for six days). Cost: 665 to 1,295 Flights/transfers extra.
Tel 01285 648518 meriski.co.uk
Meribel specialists. 10 authentic chalets with exceptional service. Full and p/time childcare options in exclusive crèche (£300 p/w full day; £100 ams only; £200 pms only) or in-chalet nanny (£350 p/w based on 2 kids with one nanny). Cost: £650-£1,500, h/board. Flights/trfers extra. Free childcare selected weeks.
Tel 020 7736 5557 ptski.com
New family-run company with hotels and a couple of chalets in Klosters. Various childcare/ski options (£290–£695 p/wk). Cost: Silvretta Parkhotel from £1,341. Good discounts for kids sharing with adults.
Tel 0870 383 1000 premiere-neige.com
Sainte Foy specialists with catered and s/catering chalets, including gorgeous new boutique chalet, the Peak. Cub Creche for 6mths–6yrs (225€–450€) or private nanny service (from 660€–895€). Cost: £848–£2,559 (2 bed, self-catering, whole property price); £749–£1,619 catered. Flights/transfers extra.
Tel 0151 677 2317 / +33 4 79 22 11 87 skimagic.co.uk
Catered chalets La Tania (Trois Vallees) sleeping 8–20. Private creche (3 mnths to 10 yrs) in chalet with the most children (£180 full, £120 half days exc Wednesdays). Cost: £349 to £695. Flights/transfers extra.
Tel 01428 608070 skipeak.net
Specialist in Vaujany (Alpe d’Huez). Self catering, catered chalets and a 20-bed hotel. Childcare from 6mths to 6yrs in local nursery (from €135 for half days, or €255 full day, incl. morning ski school and supervised lunch). Cost: £630 to £1,144 (standard chalet).
Tel 01962 713330 ski-2.com
Selection of family-friendly hotels in the Italian resort of Champoluc. British run nursery from 4 months (£28 half day/£43 full day) and British ski school. Cost: £761 to £1,501 incl t/fers but not flights.