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Best Ski Resorts for Families

With hundreds of ski resorts on offer, choosing where to go can often seem overwhelming. Our ski experts have over 30 years' experience in creating the perfect holiday and are here to help you choose the ideal resort for you. Last season we skied over 355 days as a team, with one of our experts managing to clock up an incredible 29 days on the slopes. We have the knowledge required to find your ideal holiday from one of the best family ski resorts, keep reading for some of our top suggestions.

 
France

France

 
 

With 325 ski areas in France it’s easy to see why skiers flock there and return annually, there is a resort suitable for everyone. Les Trois Vallèes area offers 600km of piste and features Val Thorens which is the highest resort in Europe and the car-free resort of La Plagne is regarded as one of the world’s best for families.

Avoriaz

This fabulous purpose-built resort sits above Morzine in the Portes du Soleil ski area. Just a short transfer from Geneva, Avoriaz is a fantastic resort for all.

La Plagne

This superb resort makes up half of the world class Paradiski area. Popular with families and groups, La Plagne offers a fantastic variety of slopes.

Les Arcs

Also part of the Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs is a resort with a large interconnecting web of slopes. The resort offers a varied range of pistes perfect for families.

La Tania

La Tania is a good value, family-friendly base from which skiers can explore the slopes of its celebrated Trois Vallées neighbours, Courchevel and Méribel.

Val Thorens

Set in Les Trois Vallèes area and the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens is the perfect base from which avid skiers can explore the ski area’s 600 km of pistes.

Les Gets

Boasting village-based nursery slopes and a fantastic pedestrianised centre, this village in the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area is consistently popular amongst families.

Alpe d'Huez

With snow-sure conditions for most of the season, Alpe d’Huez is a modern resort that boasts a large ski area ideal for families with a range of abilities.

Flaine

This purpose-built resort is ideal for beginners and families, however it does not only suit the latter. The Grand Massif is an excellent, vast area with plenty to suit everyone.

Méribel

Méribel's slopes are mostly suited to intermediate skiers but opens up to the rest of the Trois Vallées ski area and boasts a friendly atmosphere.

Val d'Isère

One of the most famous family ski spots, Val d'Isère is a high-altitude resort with fabulous snow conditions throughout the season and great ski schools.

La Rosière

A beautiful Alpine village with a friendly atmosphere, La Rosière is relaxed and boasts long, wide runs best suited to intermediates.

 

 

Austria

Austria

 
 

 

Fun, friendly and full of tradition; skiing in Austria is a fantastic experience for the whole family. The countless charming, traditional villages make Austria an attractive choice. The welcoming atmosphere, high-quality skiing and fun-filled après-ski makes for a desirable combination.

Obergurgl

Obergurgl has a family-friendly atmosphere, great snow conditions and is perfectly suited to beginners and intermediates.

Kühtai

The highest resort in Austria and just a short transfer from Innsbruck Airport, Kühtai is a popular choice. The slopes are usually quiet, perfect for inexperienced skiers.

Lech

Lech is ideal for those looking for luxury. The slopes are primarily suited to intermediate skiers but connect well to the Arlberg ski area which suits all abilities.

Alpbach

Relaxed après ski, a friendly atmosphere and pretty village centre makes Alpbach a popular choice. The ski area is well connected and offers 145km of piste.

Niederau-oberau

A popular choice for families, with most hotels located a five minute walk from a main lift.

 

 

Switzerland

Switzerland

 
 

 

From steep and narrow runs to wide and cruisy ones, skiing in Switzerland is an experience every member of the family will enjoy. The villages are chocolate box in style, with picture-perfect, snow-covered chalets it’s difficult to find somewhere prettier. From fantastic fondues to wonderful off the slope activities a Swiss ski holiday offers it all.

Wengen

Wengen, set between Mürren and Grindelwald, is a great family-friendly, central base in the picturesque ski area of the Jungfrau offering alpine charm throughout.

Saas-fee

This is one of the highest ski areas in the Alps and, due to the north facing pistes set above 2,500m, the light powdery snow is fantastic throughout the season.

 

 

Canada

Canada

 
 

 

Ultimate groomed trails, superb tree-lined skiing and breathtaking Alpine scenery, this perfectly describes what you can expect when skiing in Canada. The Canadians provide some of the highest levels of service in the world, as well as beautiful accommodation, a brilliant lift system and unrivalled off the slope experiences.

Panorama

This superb family resort boasts a great array of children’s clubs and ski schools, along with one of the largest verticals in North America.

Whistler

One of the best all round ski resorts in the world, the mountain is all about gliding through beautiful treelined runs, playing in high open bowls, and magnificent snow.

Sun Peaks

This attractive, family-oriented village now boasts the second biggest ski area in Canada. The varied terrain makes the resort ideal for families with mixed ability skiers.

Tremblant

The shorter transatlantic flight, cruisy blue and green runs, fabulous ski school and pedestrianised village makes Tremblant a brilliant choice for families.

 

 

USA

USA

 
 

 

Offering 11,362kms of slopes served by 2,698 ski lifts the expansive ski areas available in the USA are incredible. Deep powder, exceptional American hospitality and sought-after ski schools make the USA a brilliant choice for families.

Steamboat

Famous for treelined skiing, amazing powder, high-altitude green trails and family ski programmes, Steamboat is a beginner’s paradise.

Aspen Snowmass

This glamourous North American ski resort has luxurious hotels, great ski schools and family-friendly restaurants.

 

 

Italy

Italy

 
 

 

If you’re a foodie family then skiing in Italy is the one for you; family-friendly lunches, dinners, aperitivi and digestivi are taken just as seriously as the skiing here. However, on the slopes you can look forward to world-class snowmaking systems and many thrilling off-piste possibilities. What’s not to love?

Cervinia

Linked to Zermatt and with a high altitude level in the village and at the top lift station, perfect powder is virtually guaranteed from November to April.

Champoluc

Champoluc is the major resort in the world class Monterosa ski area. It offers breathtaking glacier views, wide slopes and wonderful off-piste terrain.

Paganella

This scenic resort has access to 50km of groomed piste; which includes plenty of nursery slopes, challenging reds and a range of mogul paths.

Gressoney

Gressoney is a small village located in the Monterosa ski area and perfect for families. The Monterosa has 180km of slopes and is renowned for it's off-piste.

 

 

Norway

Norway

 
 

 

Norway offers charming resorts, state of the art lift systems and great Norwegian hospitality. Resorts are ideal for families with vast beginner and intermediate areas boasting wide, well-groomed pistes. Specialist children’s clubs and crèche services, as well as designated child ski areas, make Norway a fantastic choice for families.

Geilo

Skiing in Geilo means making lifelong memories on and off the slopes. Enjoy stunning scenery, a family orientated après scene and brilliant activities.

Myrkdalen

The largest ski resort in Western Norway and boasting one of the longest seasons in Europe, Myrkdalen has quiet, wide pistes with designated family-friendly areas.

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