Save on the Slopes this February Half Term.

 

With travel, accommodation, lift passes and ski hire to budget for, whisking the family off to the Alps can be a pricey business. February’s popular Half Term date is just round the corner, so we thought it a fine time to suggest a few ways you can enjoy outdoor adventure with that value-for-money feeling.

 

Think outside the box

 

Leaving Val d’Isère, Courchevel or Verbier out of it, there are plenty of family-oriented ski resorts across the Alps where parents can find a broad range of accommodation options and child-friendly terrain at prices that won’t break the bank.

 

Choosing somewhere like Gressoney in Italy or resorts such as Valmorel or Reberty in France takes you away from the beaten track, where a glass of Coke doesn’t cost a week’s wage. For a few accommodation options in these child-friendly ski resorts, check out our blog on under the radar ski resorts for families.

 

It’s also worth considering staying out of the action and booking into a satellite village near your main resort of choice. Examples include Bride-les-Bains and les Allues (nestled down the valley outside Méribel and linked via the Olympique gondola), or Vaujany (situated on the edge of Alpe d’Huez’s diverse ski area.) Bourg St Maurice sits beneath high-altitude les Arcs and is also worthy of note — the funicular whizzes skiers straight into Arc 1600 in 7 minutes flat.

 

Book last-minute

 

You may think the last-minute ski market is reserved for footloose and fancy-free youngsters with few requirements, but this isn’t so. Whilst we recommend families research in advance to identify the resorts, childcare programmes and travel plans they’re most interested in, parents can leave it late and still pick up a bargain.

 

Family-focused tour operators fear empty beds just as much as the mainstream ones, and as each new departure date draws near, the prices drop on ski holiday packages. As a general rule families who are open to resort choice, able to fly from Gatwick, and have no need of childcare add-ons (*) stand to save the most.

 

The peaks and valleys of Gressoney, Italy.

Image courtesy of Paolo Mutti on Flickr, under a Creative Commons license.

 

Go all-inclusive with Club Med

 

Club Med ski holidays are not inexpensive, but the value for money is up there with the best in the ski holiday market. With UK flights, airport transfers, all food and drinks, accommodation, plus lift passes and entertainments wrapped up into one tidy price, you can hit the slopes knowing it’s all bought and paid for.

 

Club Med offer a wonderful range of three, four and five star hotels across the Alps and they have, over the years, built a reputation for excellence. For a little taster of the full Club Med experience, read our blog; 3 reasons to stay at Club Med Val Thorens

 

(*) Childcare add-ons such as ski school or nursery places are generally harder to come by in the last-minute market. The flights and discounted accommodation may be available, but the childcare options to match may be limited.