When planning a family ski vacation, keep ages and activity levels in mind. Some ski resorts are more basic than others and may offer only a room and a dining area with a fireplace in addition to the main attraction of skiing. Consider family-friendly resorts that offer ski vacation packages, as these are more likely to include fun activities to do after the skiing is done for the day. Pick the resort that offers lessons and trails to suit each family member's ski skill set. Also be sure to look for a resort that fits your family's style, budget and expectations.
For example, if you want a non-competitive approach to learning to ski, look for this attitude in resort brochures. If you're not even sure if your children will enjoy skiing, it may be best to plan a family ski vacation in a resort that has snowy hills for tubing as well as room just to play in the snow and build snowmen together. Some resorts also have sleigh rides or other recreational activities such as fishing. Choosing a resort with a pool can also be a great choice if your family enjoys swimming. This way, even if one of your children doesn't take to skiing and cold-weather activities, he or she can still have fun by enjoying other activities.
Planning the family ski vacation with your spouse is a great idea so that you can decide on activities to do together with the kids as well as individually or as a couple. Most family ski resorts offer activity clubs for kids to allow the parents to ski together or enjoy a lunch or dinner out or some spa pampering. Many family ski resort packages include arts and crafts activities in the main room of the lodge. There may be family movie nights as well with popcorn and hot chocolate.
Carefully compare the different offerings at ski resorts to get the best value for your budget. Make sure the lessons and at least many of the activities are likely to be something your family enjoys or you're not likely to feel that your money is well spent. Do careful research such as to check for age minimums and maximums as well as the availability of certain ski classes to avoid disappointment. It's also a good idea when planning a family ski vacation to ask the resort you've picked for a packing checklist so you'll know what equipment will be supplied with lessons and what you'll need to pack.