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Great Family Ski Resorts

Many family resorts offer ski packages
Many family resorts offer ski packages
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Many people love to ski, but find themselves unable to spend a fortune on their getaway. However, it is possible to plan a ski vacation on a budget, and those who need to do so may wish to consider the following resorts:

The Courchevel 1550 Resort

The Courchevel 1550 Resort is an affordable but comfortable ski resort in the Three Valleys region of Courchevel, France. This resort offers skiers their choice of many discounted packages. One can practically ski from his or her front door in this comfortable family resort where the architecture is modern and attractive. Guests enjoy the convenience of being able to ski the short distance to the nearest lift, which is only minutes away from the majority of the guest units. Most units offer full kitchens with all major appliances including microwaves and dishwashers.

Units sleep 2-6 adults and all apartments feature dining rooms with tables and two double, or two single beds. Guest units also feature at least one private bedroom and an extra set of twin bunk beds installed in the hallway.

Children under 2 stay free and reduced rates are offered for children ages 3-15. Amenities include a swimming pool, recreation room with billiards and chess, as well as a hotel restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch. Local tax is included in the price of the unit. Discounts for booking 30 or more days ahead of time are available, as well. A refundable deposit of €200 is required upon check-in. However, this will be returned to the guest upon departure.

The Bansko Family Ski Resort

A long time favorite of skiers worldwide, Bansko Bulgaria is home to the Bansko Family Ski Resort, located near the Glazane River. Accommodations are ideally situated minutes from the main Gondola, and are affordable at any time of the year a family chooses to take their vacation. The resort caters to large groups, as well as couples, singles and families.

Attractively furnished apartments that offer private bedrooms and full kitchens are available. Guest typically enjoy the resort's location as it is a mere ten minute walk to the center of the town of Bansko.

Amenities are free, enabling families to save even more money. Appointments include a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, game room, jacuzzi, and small fitness center. Those who do not wish to walk have the option of utilizing the free shuttle bus that runs regularly to the Gondola station.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Those who need to vacation on a budget, but still desire a bit of luxury may wish to consider the convenience and comfort of the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail Colorado. Traditionally decorated guest units feature private bedrooms, mini-kitchens, irons, ironing boards, washing machines and dryers.

All units also have free high speed Internet access and dual line phone service equipped with voice mail. In-room movies and flat screen TVs are also available in most apartments. The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa offers a wide variety of discounted packages and most families will find something to fit their lifestyle and budget. Certain packages include ski instructions with some of the hotels best ski instructors. Children under four stay free, and pet-friendly rooms are also available for an additional fee, but are subject to availability.