i like the south of austria (near villach) but i am biased cause my mom has a house there on the lake (500m walk to the ski lift). from there i can get to 7 different country borders within an hour. a drive to venice is 2.5 hours. its a gem cause it doesn't get totally overrun with tourists so the slopes are not too full and the lift queues not too long. (google for "gerlitzen") gerlitzen alone has 51km of track/piste. kiddie school with instructors etc etc. but yes, everything together is expensive. flights and accommodation is just one thing - you need to buy ski gear (suits, goggles, gloves, caps), rent equipment, eat (food is expensive) and ski lifts are expensive. it prob is a good idea to get a pckage deal if you don't know ayone that includes as much as possible, nut beware, you're still gonna spend more than you think on all sorts of stuff.
Thanks all for the advice, New Zealand certainly seems to be well recommended,will also look into it. yes there seem to be lots of hidden costs (ski schools,eqpmt hire,meals,ski passes etc). I also hear it is a mission getting visas these days?
yup. if you do not have an EC passport, you will need a schengen visa for austria. btw, if you can, start gathering up forex while the rand is strong. i was in austria at the end of 2005 when the ZAR hit its hey day high of 7.5 to the _, then again end 2007 and i paid 33% more (around 10). quite scary how foreign currency fluctuation can severely dent your holiday wallet.
I don't know about costs (so don't shoot me) but would highly recommend St Moritz in Feb, you got luge as well as bob sledding and sledding for your son. Consider the Glacier express to Zermatt and then luge, ski, snowboard, sled the Matterhorn. There is a 7,5km sled run for you & your family - unforgetable fun!