Activities For Families In Ski Resorts

Ski holidays are no longer just about skiing: they are winter snow holidays, and ski resorts now offer so much more than piste time. Whether you want to simply take a break from the slopes, have some fun activities lined up after a day’s skiing; or perhaps you have some non-skiers in your party, wherever you choose to take your family on holiday there will be something for everyone to do.

The choice of non-ski activities ski resorts offer will also give you as parents peace of mind should the lifts be shut for a day or two; there will be more than enough for your family to do. Mille8 in Les Arcs is just one such example: specifically designed for families in Arc 1800, there is an aquatic centre with pools, jacuzzis, saunas and steambaths, a fitness centre, golf simulator, lodge-side restaurant and a bar with its own dance floor. If that’s not enough, there’s also a specifically designed walking trail through the trees and a protected beginner area for children to learn to ski.

As our experts will explain during the booking process, there are plenty of other resorts with similar facilities.

Family Ski Activities

Teenagers

After a fun day on the ski slopes, teenagers won’t want to stop in the evenings. Many ski resorts offer organised activities, including discos for younger teenagers or hot chocolate and fireworks nights.

If your teens are keen on freestyle, one of the best resorts you could head to is Laax in Switzerland, which has a world-famous Freestyle Academy, a 1000sqm indoor space with foam pits and trampolines that is ideal for the whole family.

Laax

Sport Facilities

Most ski resorts have activity centres where you can take your family swimming after a day on the slopes; Courchevel 1650, for example, has Aquamotion, the largest European water park in the mountains. These centres often include a mixture of other facilities, including climbing walls, tennis courts, volleyball or indoor football. Verbier in Switzerland has a great new centre and St. Anton has two particularly good ones. Some hotels have these facilities too, such as the Hotel Alex in Zermatt.

Aquamotion Courchevel

Off-Slope Activities

Tobogganing is a great fun activity for all the family, widely available, and one that doesn’t require pre-booking; likewise ice-skating is something the whole family can enjoy together. Or for something more sedate, most ski resorts have cinemas that show English-language films, sometimes these might be subtitled but that could help your children learn the local language.

tobogganing

Arranged Activities

Some non-skiing activities require pre-booking either before you get to the resort or once you have arrived. Again, we can guide you through the options to help you get the best out of your holiday.

Choose from ice-climbing, learning to cross-country ski or taking a course in biathlon for the active, along with ski-joring (skiing behind a horse), ski-doo rides or husky sled rides (or driving yourself, it’s fun and surprisingly easy).

Resorts such as Val d’Isère or Val Thorens offer ice-karting circuits for family fun, or for the really adventurous try some zip-lining. Saalbach-Hinterglemm has one of the longest and fastest zip wires in the world called the Flying Fox. For the really adventurous, you can also try bobsleigh/luge in a resort like St Moritz or La Plagne.

Then there’s snow-tubing (a great fun and more gentle alternative to tobogganing, and very popular in European and North American ski resorts), horse-drawn sleigh rides, fondue nights in cable cars; the list really is endless. If your family is keen on horses, why not visit the home of the cowboy, Colorado, where ski resorts including Aspen and Steamboat Springs offer horse riding in the snow.

Every ski resort offers a host of family-friendly activities to enjoy, so it’s always worth popping into the Tourist Office at the beginning of your stay to discover their programme of events that may include firework nights, torchlit descents and guided walks or even such activities as face-painting and children’s discos, or vin chaud and hot chocolate welcome drinks each week.

Ice Karting Val Thorens

To find out more about family ski holidays please speak to the Ski Solutions experts. Call us on 020 7471 7700.

Other posts you may like:

14 Best Family Ski Resorts

How to Ski With Kids

Best French Ski Resorts for Families

 

OR

We use cookies to give you a superior browsing experience. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here.