The holidays are approaching and the snow is finally coming. Whether for a weekend or a week, where to go skiing with family without breaking the bank? Here are 8 family resorts for a cheap ski holiday , and also find at the end of the article all our tips to make even more savings!
50 km from Grenoble and 140 km from Lyon , the resort of Collet d’Allevard is small and family. The ski area is made up of 3 sectors, including one, the Super Collet (1640 m), which is particularly suitable for families who love skiing by the day . You will find a kindergarten, ESF, a safe toboggan run and even a snow park.
It is possible to find apartments from 50 € per night, and the packages are also very affordable: count 17 € for a day of ski child (6 to 9 years), 80 € for 5 days.
Les Orres, Hautes-Alpes
In the Hautes-Alpes, the Orres resort is known to be one of the most affordable in France . Housed in a fabulous natural setting, the estate extends over 100 km spread over 37 tracks, including 7 green, 6 blue, 20 red and 4 black.
An introductory area is located at the top of Prélongis chairlift, and the resort has a snow garden and nursery for the little ones. Side package , the child day will cost you 29,50 €, and count 90 € on average for a night of hotel.
Less than 30 minutes from Grenoble , Villard-de-Lans is a small friendly resort set in the beautiful setting of the Vercors plateau. Together with Corrençon en Vercors, it forms the Espace Villard-Corrençon ski area, which meanders between 1111 m and 2050 m above sea level and has nearly 125 km of slopes open to all.
A kindergarten is located in the area of Côte 2000 and another in the village, at the “Hill of Baths”. As far as fares are concerned , count € 20.50 for a child ski day (5 to 9 years old) and € 35.50 for adults. Finally, the average price for accommodation is 70 € / night.
The Chazelet, Hautes-Alpes
Located in La Grave, in the Hautes-Alpes, the Chazelet resort is ideal for children and families . Sunbathed, its small ski area includes 7 km of slopes, four ski lifts, a chairlift and the indispensable terrace to blaze in the sun. Nordic walking, sleigh rides and climbing are also on the agenda for the hyperactive.
For packages, children’s day (3 to 10 years) costs 14.50 € and 16.50 € for adults. Housing side, you will find rooms in lodging or hotel from 40 € in La Grave.
The Monts d’Olmes, Ariège
This station located 1 h 30 from Toulouse is a gem. Perched in the heart of the Tabe massif (2368 m), it is one of the first naturally snow-covered ski resorts in the Pyrenees .
Opening on three valleys, it offers superb views of the mountain range. The estate includes 21 km of slopes, a children’s area and toboggan runs. The package for the day is charged € 20 for children and € 27.50 for adults. As for accommodation , it is possible to find nights from 30 €.
Gerardmer , one of the largest resorts in the Vosges, yet remains family and very affordable , ideal for cheap ski holidays. Its evolutionary tracks are perfect to learn the joys of skiing. The resort is labeled Family Plus , there is a daycare, a snow garden and a beginner’s area for family fun.
For packages, children’s day (5 to 14 years) is charged 14,90 € and 19,90 € for adults. Finally, it is possible to find rooms or apartments from 55 € / night.
The Bresse Hohneck, Lorraine
Another family- friendly ski resort in the Vosges, La Bresse Hohneck offers a ski area of 34 pistes (6 green, 14 blue, 13 red, 1 black) and 17 ski lifts scattered between 900 and 1350 m above sea level. The tracks snake through the Vosges forests, offering beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and the Alps.
The night skiing is a specialty of the resort which is open from 6 am to 21: 45 pm, with the largest illuminated area in Europe. On the package side, count € 19.80 for a child’s day (5 to 12 years) and € 23.80 for adults. The average rate of housing is however higher than that of Gerardmer, it may be worthwhile to seek accommodation in the surrounding villages.
Pralognan the Vanoise, Savoy
Located between the resorts of Courchevel and La Plagne, the resort of Pralognan la Vanoise has retained its charm and authenticity. Family resort par excellence, its ski area extends from 1400 m to 2350 m of altitude, with tracks adapted to all the levels . Opoualand is a fun area entirely dedicated to children, to discover the joys of skiing.
The packages start at 24 € a day for children (5 to 12 years old) and 29,50 € for adults. You can find accommodation from 65 € / night.
To save even more on your ski vacation , consider renting your equipment before leaving, or on the web, so that you can benefit from lower fares than at the resort. Ask at the Tourist Office of the resort , there are sometimes advantageous packages or promotions including ski rentals, package and accommodation.
To equip the little ones , think to consult the sites of barter of clothes. There is a good chance that you will have to buy equipment from one year to the next, so reduce the bill right from the start!
Many resorts offer discounts for special events, such as Valentine’s Day, or Women’s Day. Remember to take a look at family packages also, they can be worth it. Finally, ask yourself if it is really worth taking a day pass for your youngest child. Unless he is already a ski buff, he can ski for only half a day and then enjoy the other equipment of the resort (toboggan, swimming pool, ice rink etc.).
Here you are, ready for your next ski vacation! Enjoy it and above all, have fun with the family!