We give you the lowdown on why families love skiing holidays and our top tips for making your holiday go smoothly.
Families are 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. What's more, it doesn't have to be the world's most glamorous ski resort. Snow is snow. Children adore it (provided it's not too cold), and they're not remotely bothered which celebs are in town. And seeing their confidence grow on the slopes will reward you with an enormous sense of pride and achievement.
Top 5 tips for family holidays
1. Any chance of going outside the school holidays? You'll save a lot if you can. However, you must have permission from the school before we advise you consider this option.
2. If you're tied to the holidays, Easter is the cheapest time to ski - although you'll have to go to a high-altitude resort (ideally 1,800m or above) to be sure of getting good snow at this late point of the season. The next cheapest week is Christmas, which tour operators sometimes find hard to sell. The snow in lower altitude resorts can be iffy, however, so again, you need to aim high.
3. If you're a first-time family, then pay extra and go with a family skiing specialist. Putting yourself into the hands of someone who knows what your needs will be, long before you do, will make all the difference between a successful holiday and a disaster.
4. Don't expect the children to ski all day. They'll need other distractions, such as pools, to keep them fully occupied - though often they're happiest tobogganing on a tiny slope outside the chalet.
5. Bring your own essentials from home - you don't want to be searching a ski resort for them in the middle of a blizzard! And don't forget to apply high-factor sunblock on little faces each morning, whether it's sunny or cloudy.