Whether you are flicking through your travel agents myriad brochures or trawling the internet for family ski resorts, practically every destination will highlight its family friendly features.
The trick is to pick the family ski resort that's right for how your family ski.
So there are a few things to consider before you get sucked in by glossy photos and pictures of hot ski instructors! Firstly - ability; at what level(s) do the family ski? Do you as parents have some experience and the kids are just starting out? If so, you pretty much have the pick of the resorts.
You need somewhere that's challenging enough for your level and offers easy to access lesson slopes for your kids to find their ski legs.
Or are you all beginners taking the plunge for the promise of fun in a perfect winter wonderland? Choose a family ski resort that has beginners lessons at the base of the mountain so that you can get confident on your skis first before worrying about chair lifts or gondolas.
Or is it that the children have some experience through, perhaps, a school trip and you have been caught up in the excitement and want to give it a go (or they've nagged you 'til you've given in!).
Your best bet is a private instructor to get you up to speed as quickly as possible so that the younger family ski kids are not showing you up on the slopes for longer than is absolutely necessary! Secondly - what's your budget? Cheap ski holidays (mostly package deals) are easy to find and they can be a relatively good value proposition.
One of the drawbacks is the accommodation is often located a lengthy walk or even a bus ride away from the slopes, not always something you want to contemplate with kids and equipment to cart backwards and forwards! Also, do you want hotel style, chalet style or self-catering villa style lodging? Each has it's attractions and detractions both in convenience and in dollar amounts.
In any case, the more you pay, the more convenient for your family ski resort vacation.