They are cozy, adventurous, and perfect for a getaway with your mini-mes.
Winter is not over yet, not even close, and we all know kids LOVE the snow and the pleasures it brings along each winter season. Whether ski, snowboarding, mountain-tracking, or simply enjoying the breathtaking views from the top of the mountains, and why not, from your own hotel rooms, these ski resorts are just perfect for a winter break.
Get the right and warm winter gears, and check out these kids-friendly ski resorts before buying your ticket.
- Kitzbühel, Austria. Big names, ski pioneers and high society- but also Tyrolean down-to-earthness, Gemütlichkeit and hospitality: these contrasts are what make Kitzbühel one of the greatest ski resorts in the Alps. With 51 cable cars and lifts connecting 170 km of ski slopes, the snow-reliable ski resort boasts an above-average number of family runs.
- Alpe d’Huez, France, is a sizeable, modern resort known for its sunny, extensive terrain and spectacular views across the Southern Alps. Families are particularly fond of Alpe d’Huez for its friendly, laid-back atmosphere and wide choice of accommodation – apartments, chalets, hotels and B&Bs.
- Courchevel, France. Somewhere along the lines, Courchevel morphed into the luxury resort of The Alps. A winter playground for the rich and famous, but also an all-year round resort, popular with families, off-pisters and non-skiers – perfect for a simple relax week and snow-loving.
- Chamonix, France. Chamonix is the place to go for alpine thrill seekers wanting to push themselves to the extreme. The resort is known the world over for its steep, challenging runs, off-piste powder, and dramatic mountain scenery. However, it is a very friendly and charming resort for kids that can already master the basics of skiing and can go a little higher up the mountains.
- Les 2 Alpes, France. Ballsy, young boarders launch themselves at Les 2 Alpes’ challenging off-piste, world-class snowpark and energetic party scene.It also goes the extra mile for families. From the age of 1, children can experience sliding on snow with the ‘Baby Snow’ device invented by one of the resort’s instructors. The resort organises a special family week right at the end of the season when most other ski centres have closed and have a website dedicated to families detailing the numerous family activities both on and off the snow.
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. It is known as the Queen of the Dolomites and is located in the heart of the eastern part of these spectacular mountains, in the Belluno province of the Veneto region. The area, open and sunny, boasts stunning views in every direction. One of the best-known ski resorts in the world, Cortina lives up to its reputation with a system of modern ski lifts and snowmaking capabilities that cover 90% of the slopes and which guarantee a ski season that stretches from November to April.
- Madonna di Campiglio, Italy has also peaked recently in popularity with families. “We’ve noticed a distinct preference in Italy, Madonna di Campiglio in particular, from customers with children of school age, especially when they have graduated out of the childcare options in France,” says Cathryn Healey of Ski Solutions. “There are several reasons we believe that Italy offers some of the best family ski resorts: they offer good value compared to other destinations, most importantly it’s generally sunnier and with more popular dining options keeps all the family happy and moans to the minimum!”
- Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is a car-free ski resort at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. This attractive blend of Alpine village and sophisticated holiday destination boasts a varied offering, including a modern lift system, comfortable hotels, practical holiday apartments and friendly hosts. It also features numerous ski clubs that introduce children and beginners to the world of skiing.
- Vail, Colorado, USA. Vail Ski Resort is world renowned for providing guests with an experience that truly is “Like nothing on Earth. The resort has great terrain options, excellent ski schools, and a large assortment of shopping and dining options. Not to mention, gorgeous chalets to rent with couple of family-friends.
- Deer Valley, Utah, USA. Thus ski resort is so civilised, you’re even offered a tissue while you wait to board the lifts. Utah’s most exclusive ski resort offers perfectly manicured runs, free ski valets (I don’t know what that means but hell yeah, I’m booking a ticket), heated sidewalks, fine dining and boutique shopping. Skiers in Deer Valley are shielded from even a hint of the overcrowding and inconvenience of so many less expensive resorts, by limiting the number of tickets sold per day. Bad news for snowboarders: you’re not welcome.