Best Family Ski Resorts in Europe

Are you looking to find the best family ski resorts in Europe? We understand that organising a family ski holiday can seem daunting when taking everyone’s needs into consideration. Whether it’s distracting teenager’s from their smartphone, beginners skiing or family-friendly ski hotels, we are here to help you source the best kid friendly ski resorts.

We have hand-picked some of the best ski resorts for families. We’ve chosen these European ski resorts, based on suitable accommodation and its proximity to the pistes, as well as ski areas that cater for all abilities and offer plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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Gressoney La Trinité, Italy

In the heart of the Monterosa ski area is Gressoney La Trinité, a traditional Italian village with cobbled streets and old wooden chalets. Gressoney has a handful of Alpine restaurants serving regional Italian cuisine, and the locals are extremely welcoming.

Hotel Valverde is kid friendly with childcare options for families. The ski area is perfect for both beginners and experts making this a great ski resort for families. If you are looking for some easier blues, try Stafal. Alternatively, while your children are looked after by the Monterosa ski school, head over to Champoluc or Alagna for some more challenging groomed runs or off-piste skiing.

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Obergurgl, Austria

One of the best family ski resorts, Obergurgl is a town full of character in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps. This traditional town is one of the higher ski resorts in Europe at an altitude of 1,907m and as a result, tends to have reliable snow cover. Obergurgl has little traffic, which adds to tranquillity of the town.

Chalet Alpenblume is family-friendly with childcare for younger children. Skiing in Obergurgl is best suited to beginners and intermediates, as there are plenty of leisurely carefree blues. Advanced skiers should ski over to Sölden for more challenging pistes.

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Val d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère may be better known for après ski, but the resort also caters to families. As Val d’Isère and Tignes make up the Espace Killy ski area, there is a wide variety of ski runs for all abilities. However, beginners should avoid skiing back into Val d’Isère as both La Face, Solaise and Santons are challenging, especially in the afternoon when its either icy or slushy.

Dog-sledding, ice skating and tobogganing are some of the many off-piste activities that the whole family can enjoy. The Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie has childcare and is best for families with younger children, which offers parents the opportunity to dine out in Val d’Isère’s highly-acclaimed restaurants.

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Lech, Austria

Lech is part of the Arlberg ski area in the Tyrolean Alps. Known for its wonderfully welcoming locals who treat their guests like kings, it’s no surprise visitors return year after year. Lech is perfect for beginner skiers with plenty of nursery and beginner slopes and under-8’s skiing is free. Intermediates and more advanced skiers also have a wealth of skiing.

The Arlberg ski area has 502 kilometres of pistes and is connected to the popular resorts of Zürs, Stuben and St Anton. These kid friendly ski resorts are all covered by the standard lift pass. We recommend the Chalet Hotel Elizabeth Lech as it is ideal for families seeking comfortable accommodation with easy access to the town and the pistes.

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La Plagne, France

Belle Plagne sits at 2,050m, making it one of the highest in La Plagne’s ten villages. The pedestrianised village has wooden chalets filled with Alpine character. Younger skiers can learn on the nursery slopes, while intermediates can perfect their turns on the wide blue slopes.

La Plagne is in the Tarentaise Valley’s Paradiski ski area that also includes Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry. With 425 kilometres of ski area, there is a great selection of pistes for all levels. For those travelling with kids, Hotel des Deux Domaines offers childcare.

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Geilo, Norway

Geilo is one of the best family ski resorts. The stunning ski resort has a magic carpet, easy button lifts, childcare, ski school and fun activities. If you have younger children, the horse drawn sleigh ride and dog sledding is a great choice. Also, a very useful back-up if the skiing doesn’t go to plan.

If you are looking for the best child friendly ski resorts, Geilo could be a great choice. The ski resort has a superb creche, conveniently located at the base of the ski slopes. The Trollklubben crèche takes babies from six months, as well as toddlers and older children up to the age of eight. The Oslo Bergen railway is a magical way to start your holiday. For young families, there is a dedicated family carriage with soft padded play area, books, films and DVDs.

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Ski Solutions can help tailor your ski holiday to your family’s needs and source the ideal kid friendly ski resorts. For more information about the best family ski resorts, speak to one of our ski experts on 0207 471 7770 .

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