Organising a family holiday can seem daunting when taking everyone’s needs into consideration, whether it’s distracting teenager’s from their smartphone, beginners ski lessons, off-piste activities or family-friendly hotels.
We have selected five of the best ski resorts for families. We’ve chosen these European 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.
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. Try the seupa de gri – a barley soup with vegetables – followed by a beef stew with polenta,
Hotel Valverde has childcare for families travelling with younger children. The ski area is perfect for both beginners and experts. Head to Stafal for some easier blues, or 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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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 resorts in Europe at an altitude of 1,907m, it tends to have reliable snow cover. Obergurgl has little traffic, which adds to tranquility of the town.
Chalet Alpenblume is family-friend 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 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 icey 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 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 area has 502 kilometres of pistes and is connected to the popular resorts of Zürs, Stuben and St Anton. These 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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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 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 young children, Hotel des Deux Domaines offers childcare.
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Ski Solutions can help tailor your ski holiday to your family’s needs, for more information about the best family ski resorts click here. Alternatively, speak to one of our ski experts on 0207 471 7770.