Gstaad in fact has a lot to offer families in terms of safety, facility and (perhaps surprisingly) value as well as the chance to spend time together in a beautiful place.

On safety, the pedestrianised main street, which has a nice municipal play park on it, means young children can run around with little danger and all of the family will enjoy jumping on the quaint train each morning for the ride to the slopes, if you don’t stay on the local hill.

Most of the ski areas themselves are of moderate size with quiet slopes so again are good for families, and lift ticket pricing is very generous too with those aged under nine skiing free of charge (compared to having to buy a ticket from age three or four in many resorts), and children then pay half the adult price until age 16 (compared to having to pay 60-80% of the adult price from age 3 or 4 and the fill adult price from age 11 or 12 in many resorts).

The lift ticket also provides free or discounted access to the resort’s public sports centre and swimming pool complex. There is not, however, any non-ski nursery provision but the ski school has a ski nursery for children aged three and older.