Ski season is nearly upon us, and whether you’re a snow-sure pro or just starting out, chances are you’re already researching the best resort for you and your family. Skiing with kids can be challenging as you try to juggle different abilities and needs. But the good news is most resorts have cottoned onto this, and offer ski schools, alternative winter activities and babysitting services. Many resorts also offer free lift passes for young children and family deals on accommodation. So it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think! Take a look at our Best Ski Resorts for Kids below, then dig out your skis and head to the slopes.
1. Avoriaz, France
2. Alpbach, Austria
A charming and authentic ski resort, this small and friendly destination is labelled the most beautiful village in Austria. The timber-clad chalets dusted in snow, nestled amongst deep green pine trees are postcard perfect. And what’s more, they overlooking a stunning valley and soaring mountains. Alpach is well-suited to those with young children who want a relaxing break away from the crowds. The main slopes are a bus ride away, and there are also plenty of walking tracks, if you fancy an afternoon off.
3. Wegen, Switzerland
Wengen has been popular with British families for decades, thanks to its wide choice of nursery slopes, two kindergartens and extra activities like ice skating and a cinema.
The resort can only be reached by a cog railway from Lauterbrunnen, and when you finally arrive the mountain views will take your breath away. The dramatic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains rise above you and the Aletsch glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, glistens below.
4. Arinsal, Andorra
Lively and welcoming, high altitude Arinsal offers some of the best value, snow-sure skiing in Europe. It is much cheaper than Alps, thanks to Andorra’s tax-free status, so this is a great choice for families skiing on a budget. Part of the country’s large Vallnord ski region, Arinsal is renowned for its excellent ski-schools, beginners’ slopes and childcare facilities.
There are plenty of child-friendly restaurants in the village too, so you can refuel after a day of activity.
5. La Rosière, France
Smaller, quieter and cheaper than the nearby big name nearby resorts, La Rosiere is one of the Best Ski Resorts for Kids in Europe. Its long and gentle slopes are a good place for beginners and children to gain confidence. It offers panoramic views over the Les Arcs ski area and traditional chalet-style architecture. Those who want a challenge can head over to La Thuile on the Italian side for more choice of slopes.
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