St. Moritz is offering a range of discounts for families, regardless of size.

With the family weekly ticket parents pay the official rate and the oldest child (up to 18 years of age) pays the official child or youth rate even if they're over the child price age. The second child (up to 18 years) receives an extra 30 percent reduction on the children's or youth rate and the third child (up to 18 years), as well as any further children, rides free of charge.

The ticket is valid only for five or six days and for people living in the same household (proof required such as matching passports).

St. Moritz is famous for being the "playground of the rich and famous" and for being a touch expensive, both of which remain largely true. On the other hand it's not as well known for having great skiing, which it does.

Some may imagine it to be a quaint Alpine village, which it isn't, although the lakeside setting in the Engadin Valley is stunning. It is a high altitude resort with an excellent snow record and glacier skiing. St. Moritz and the Engadin Region have invested heavily in state of the art lifts and are now served by a host of high-speed detachable quads and six-seat chairlifts. Oh, and the sun shines 322 days a year, Switzerland's sunniest spot.

St. Moritz can claim to be the birthplace of winter sports holidays. The owner of the Kulm hotel bet some English tourists a "free stay" if they dared to spend the winter there in 1864. They took him up on this proposition and "the rest is history." St. Moritz was reported in The Times of London a few years later when a guest recorded with surprise the flowers in the hotel window boxes on Christmas Day. Around 2000 guests spent the winter in the resort by 1910, most from Britain.