Family ski holidays seem like a short cut to a nervous breakdown. But, the fact is more and more families are trying ski holidays each winter - and coming back year after year for more. They're discovering that - yes - it's a bit of a hassle, but in return for the extra work, you'll have a holiday everyone can talk about for weeks afterwards.
Above we have brought together a selection of companies offering family ski holidays.
What's the right age to start your children skiing?
As a rule of thumb, taking any children under the age of five is a bit of a risk as it will be hard to keep them from getting grumpy and cold. If you do decide to take young children make sure you choose a resort that has plenty of other activities available. Also choose a company that offers nurseries, ski school classes for children, supervised lunches and early meal times.
Your children will have grown out of their ski gear by the next time they'll use it, so hire it from one of the growing number of rental companies. Alternatively search e-bay or TK-Maxx for bargain clothing. Helmets for children are more or less obligatory in every mountain resort these days, and are provided as a matter of course by ski schools.
Don't leave home without it. In some countries, accidents on the slopes can otherwise be ruinously expensive. And remember, it's often possible to take out joint cover for both adults and several children in the same family. Find out more about winter sports travel insurance