When you add in the cost of lift passes, transfers, ski hire and tuition, the annual family winter skiing trip is growing ever more expensive.
With snow conditions across the Alps below average for the past few seasons, consider one of our alternative great-value family winter holidays for your fix of the white stuff – also a great choice for non-skiers who want to experience a proper winter.
Huskies, igloos and the Northern Lights
If you’re keen to try an alternative winter holiday as a family but don’t want to miss out on skiing, why not try our short five-day break in Finland? Our Family Finland Winter Adventure is based in the northeast of the country at Paljakka ski area, so you can spend some time skiing if you wish. Staying in the resort means easy access to all of the activities on offer, including ice fishing, husky sledding, sledging and snowshoeing. The conditions are perfect for building an igloo – and if you’re really lucky you might even get the chance to see the Northern Lights. The scenery around Paljakka is totally unspoilt and blanketed in snow until late April; you’ll get a full orientation of the area on a three-hour snowmobile adventure.
Two countries, mountains and activities galore
For a longer break, why not explore two countries on one trip on our Family Slovakia Winter Adventure? Take in a bit of culture in Krakow and tour the city on foot (remember to wrap up warm!). Keep your eyes peeled for fairy-tale castles, colourful markets and cafes serving steaming mugs of hot chocolate (and mulled wine for the grown-ups). You’ll then head over the border to Slovakia and the High Tatras Mountains, where snowy activities await. There’s a treasure hunt with a twist, snowshoeing, cross country skiing along the Dunajec River, ice-skating and snowcat rides. There’s the chance to spend some free afternoons skiing or snowboarding in the resort if you wish, but you’ll be kept busy with snowtubing, funtools (a bike on skis!) and cooking classes in traditional Slovak meals.
Castles, lakes and… Dracula!
Romania might not immediately spring to mind when dreaming of winter holidays, but its scenery is glorious – particular under a dusting of snow. Our Family Romania Adventure journeys deep into the heart of the Transylvanian Alps, the capital of Bucharest and a number of towns along the way. Highlights include winter survival lessons and wildlife tracking, treasure hunts and ice skating, as well as a visit to the ghoulish home of Bran Castle. Its turrets and clifftop setting might look familiar – the castle was the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Stay on the banks of Lake Balea and, if you choose a February or March departure, you’ll even get to spend a night in the Ice Hotel which is built every year in January.