Location: Switzerland, France, Austria

Published: Endless Vacation Magazine 

Taking the family on a ski vacation may not be easy on the wallet. But as lift tickets are easily approaching (and in many cases passing) the $100 mark in many North American resorts, a great alternative may be hopping over the pond for more-affordable ski holidays that come with an added cultural kick. Sure, you’ll probably pay more to fly to France than Colorado, but lodging, lift tickets and meals in the hideaway European villages we’ve discovered can cost considerably less than many in the Rocky Mountains. And the experience of riding a wooden toboggan down a moonlit Swiss mountain pass with a belly full of fondue? There’s no putting a dollar amount on that.