Save on the Slopes this February Half Term

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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 on many skiing families' minds right now, 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 Bardonecchia 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 ahead


With tempting early-season deals helping families make their money go further, we recommend early research and booking to parents taking the kids to the Alps. If you decide in advance the resorts, childcare programmes and travel plans of interest, you’ll be in a strong position to make the most of the early-booking incentives available.


It’s also worth noting that childcare add-ons such as ski school or nursery places are generally harder to come by in the last-minute market.


Winter in the Alps offers endless opportunity for family adventure in the great outdoors


Winter in the Alps offers endless opportunity for family adventure in the great outdoors


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


If you're considering a family ski holiday this winter in the Alps, the team here at Catered Ski Chalets are on hand to point you in the right direction. You can call in on 020 3080 0202 or reach us via our online chat service