If it is long lasting fun memories that you are after, then taking your family skiing is right up there with the best of them. Gone are the days of having to trudge for miles to the nearest lift, carrying everyone's awkward skis, whilst simultaneously trying to lead a "route march" to keep your little darlings moving in their cumbersome ski boots. Now, slopeside accommodation coupled with more kids clubs than you can shake a stick at ensure that the only people doing the hard graft for you work in the resorts, leaving you free to enjoy your holiday as well.
We have created a list of our favourite family ski resorts that are well worth a browse if you are planning on taking your children away this season. These resorts have been picked for their general family friendliness - some have great kids ski deals, some are car free, some have great facilities and some have great ski schools for kids. The one thing that they all have in common is serious parent appeal - they will make taking your kids on holiday a real pleasure and so much easier than you ever dreamed possible.
Best resorts for a family ski holiday
Situated in the middle of the vast Paradiski area, this superb all-encompassing group of resorts is a skier's paradise and an ideal choice for families of all abilities. With its fabulous selection of spacious family friendly properties and excellent reputation for its encouraging ski schools, La Plagne is a great place to start your family off on their first ski footings.
The peaceful resort of La Rosiere, nestled high in the Tarentaise, is a first class choice for families with its superb range of convenient slopeside accommodation and picturesque skiing, ideally suited to beginners and intermediates. Despite being very high, the resort enjoys a warm, sunny position, which makes for a far more enjoyable first ski experience.
For an all round ski holiday including superb skiing plus fabulous extra sports facilities all on the one lift pass, Alpe d'Huez is the answer. With its swimming, ice skating, and many after-ski activities, this resort is guaranteed to keep even the most energetic of families happy long into the evening.
The excellent snow conditions, normally found in Flaine, lend themselves to a very soft landing when learning to ski in this winter wonderland. The traffic free centre situated up at Flaine Forum provides an ideal, safe environment for your whole family with easy access to all the towns shops and fun resort activities.
Famed for its extremely high altitude, door step skiing, Les Arcs provides the perfect playground to families of mixed abilities. There really is something on offer for everyone - from the most well equipped day creche facilities for your kids through to the most cheerful après ski bars where the grown ups can dissect the days escapades over a few vin chauds!
The gentle nursery slopes of Wengen lead directly down into the town making this an ideal, convenient place to learn to ski. The resort's traffic free centre makes for a safe environment for a wander whilst enjoying the huge selection of extra activities and fun apres ski cafes and bars on offer.
Situated below the mighty Kitzsteinhorn peak, the charming resort of Kaprun plays an excellent host to families with its varied selection of pistes and many of the beginner slopes at base level just behind the village centre. After a hard day on the slopes, kids can then "chill out" in the therapeutic Optimum Leisure Centre or take to their toboggans for a hair raising decent down to the village centre where a mouth-watering hot chocolate awaits.
The quiet well maintained slopes of this Italian intermediate paradise provide the perfect practice ground for mixed ability groups, who can gain their confidence in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Don't forget to snap up the superb discounted kids lift pass deals on offer. After the excitement of the day, you can then have just as much fun trying out the local speciality pizzas and pasta, all washed down with a creamy hot chocolate or an ice cold refreshing Italian beer.
Your whole family will be totally spoilt for choice in this picturesque old Savoyard town, packed full of old French charm and character. With easy access to the Portes du Soleil ski area, mixed ability groups have all the fun of choosing their own pistes to ski on whilst being able to meet up and enjoy the day’s shenanigans over a delicious vin chaud or a refreshing orangina. This charming town comes to life in the evenings with its full list of entertainment with something for everyone to enjoy.
Top ski resorts for the entire family
The great thing about a ski holiday is that there is truly something for everyone. We sell many resorts that have pedestrianised zones where skiing isn’t the only activity and the activities span all age groups - from infants to grandparents! Here are some of our favourite resorts that are suitable for all generations in the family:
Zermatt offers a vibrant town with many shops and activities for all ages. There are plenty of places to dine on different budgets. The views are amazing and you can take the train up to the Gornergrat for a day on foot or on skis.
Most of the Austrian resorts have high end hotels at reasonable rates where you can have access to swimming pools and spas, if you choose a property near to the town centre then you’ve found a place you can accommodate children, parents and grandparents in one place. Recommended resorts include Kitzbuhel, Mayrhofen, Lech and Zell am See.
Val d’Isere is another resort that has it all. It’s such a big town there something for all ages, skier and non-skiers.
Another recommendation is with Club Med, especially the 4 trident properties. They have so much going on at any one time that anyone staying there will have a fantastic time, whatever their age or ski ability. Speak to our sales staff to choose the right one for you.