If you’re searching for the best family ski resorts in Italy, then look no further. Italy is one of our favourite destinations for a family ski trip; you’ll find tremendous resorts here, with excellent childcare, a good range of beginner slopes and great value lunches for those sunny stop-offs on the mountain.
Our team of ski experts would be delighted to talk to you about the best Italian ski resorts for families and help plan your trip – we can take you through every stage of the planning, from selecting your resort and accommodation, to practical information on childcare.
Sitting right on the French-Italian border, La Thuile is linked to France’s equally popular family resort of La Rosieré, offering two ski areas to explore. Even at peak times, La Thuile is relatively crowd-free and most slopes are geared towards beginners and intermediates, with an array of wide blues and reds to practice your turns on. At village level, there are two nursery slopes for those finding their ski legs, complete with magic carpets.
The restaurants serve up traditional Italian food, from classic pizza and homemade pasta dishes, to fine dining down in resort. This is one of the best family ski resorts in Italy thanks in part to a relaxed, child-friendly après scene. Families can enjoy an evening together exploring, digging into pizza, skating at the local ice rink or visiting the Planibel swimming pool complex.
Paganella is a small and scenic resort, with fantastic nursery slopes, making this one of the best Italian ski resorts for families with beginners in the group. The ski area lies in Trentino and it’s relatively modern. If keen skiers in the family are looking for a wider variety of skiing, Madonna di Campiglio and Folgaria are only a short ride on the ski bus.
After the lifts close for the day, there is a laid-back, family-feel around the resort, with cosy pizzerias the perfect place to catch up on the day’s ski school achievements. If the kids still have energy to burn, activities like ice racing karts, snow tubing or a trip to the Paganella Fun Park are a great way to end the day.
The lesser-known resort of Champoluc is one of the best family ski resorts in Italy, if you’re looking for a varied ski area. There are nearly 200km of pistes in resort which are usually uncrowded. The ski area is largely suited to intermediates, so families with a little experience will find this is the perfect resort for progressing their skiing.
While the resort isn’t known for its late-night après-scene, there is more going on than other resorts in the Monterosa ski area. There’s a fun atmosphere around town, with some bars offering live music and karaoke. If you’re not quite ready for a family sing-along, the CampZero hotel is home to a range of climbing walls, which is a fun way to expend some energy.
Cervinia is up there with the best Italian ski resorts for families and suits those with children of all abilities – whether they’re making their first turns or adventurous teenagers. There’s so much to explore in this popular Italian resort and its high-altitude slopes, which reach up to 3,480m, mean there are fantastic conditions all season long.
There’s a village nursery slope for beginners, with plenty of opportunities to progress further up the mountain as you improve, such as the gentle blues and reds in the Plan Maison area. Confident skiers can ski over the border into Switzerland’s Zermatt and get up close to the glorious Matterhorn, before enjoying a long, cruisey decent back into Italy for a well-deserved pizza.
If you’d like to find out more about the best family ski resorts in Italy, our ski experts would be delighted to help – get in touch on 020 7471 7700.