Best Ski Resorts for Families with Children
Best Ski Resorts for Families with Children
Best Ski Resorts for Families with Children

Best Ski Resorts for Families with Children

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Although the thought of going on a skiing holiday with young children can send many into a panic, worry not! By getting a few key elements right, the experience can be a joy, and one to remember for all the right reasons. A luxury ski chalet holiday with your children can be incredibly rewarding, watching them get to grips with the sport for the first time, and then progressing into accomplished skiers. And for the little ones that are still a little too young for skiing, there are a wealth of other activities to get stuck into, and the fun of being in the snowy mountains is magical.

 

One of the fundamental elements to get right is to choose the right resort in the first place. Ski resorts differ enormously in scale, aesthetics, convenience, altitude, liveliness etc., and each one tends to have different pros and cons. The priorities for a group of experienced adult skiers are not going to be the same as for a family group with young children.

 

So when thinking about where to go for a luxury ski holiday with children what factors should you consider?

 

- When choosing child friendly resorts, find ones with easy access to the children’s nursery area from the main ski area. This will make dropping them off at lessons and heading out to enjoy the slopes yourself smooth sailing.  They may be slightly smaller resorts, but you if will make for a refreshingly, relaxed holiday for all.


- Choose a resort with a well-equipped nursery area, near to WC facilities, which ideally has a magic carpet ski lift so little ones can go up by themselves.


- If you are going to ski at the beginning or end of the season, choose a resort with a reasonably high altitude, to give you the best chance of some decent snow coverage.

 

- Choose a resort with some good non-skiing activities to do. Realistically young children can only be on skis for a few short hours each day, and when they get tired it’s best to stop, or you’ll put them off skiing for good.  Instead why not have a go at some other activities on offer in the mountains.


- If the children are really young, pick a destination that is closer to the airport, as long transfers are with toddlers can be tough!


- Some French ski resorts have been awarded “Famille Plus” status by the French tourist board to signify their suitability for families. The resorts are assessed on 110 criteria such as infrastructure, activities, amenities, transport etc. and the most suitable resorts for families are awarded the Famille Plus badge.

 

Our team of experienced skiers have skied the pistes across the Alps, tested the various resorts first hand and have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to skiing holidays with young children.

 

Here are 5 of our favourite resorts for skiing with young children:

 

1. Courchevel 1650, France

 

Courchevel 1650, or Courchevel Moriond as it is now known, is a little smaller and quieter than its higher neighbour in Courchevel 1850. There are numerous superb luxury ski chalets in Courchevel 1650, such as Chamois Lodge and Chalet Cendrillon, suitable for even the most demanding of patrons, but the lack of crowds makes it far more relaxing and ideal for families.  During half term it can get a little busier but it's still positively tranquil compared to many others.

 

The ski area of Courchevel 1650 has a wide selection of varied runs with plenty of lovely blue or green options for beginners. For the younger skiers there is a nursery slope and children’s learning area, the ESF Club des Piou-Piou, right in front of the main gondola lift and a next to a number of cafés in the heart of the village, so parents can relax with a chocolat chaud just a stone’s throw from the children’s lessons. Courchevel 1650 is also well connected with the enormous 3 Valleys ski area, encompassing Courchevel 1850, Meribel and Val Thorens, so parents can easily go for a blast while the children are having their lessons.

 

If you need childcare, the resort has it’s own crèche, starting from 6 months, or we can arrange a private nanny for your chalet.

 

There’s plenty of activities to choose from off the slopes, including the 2km dedicated toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to 1550, a skating rink, bowling alley, cinema and of course the brand new Aquamotion pool and sports centre.

 

 

2. Meribel, France

 

Meribel sits at the heart of the huge 3 Valleys ski area so is very well connected, but it also works well for children on a local level. The gentle green slopes at the Altiport are easily accessible from the Morel chair (located in amongst many of the luxury ski chalets in Meribel) and the dedicated nursery slopes at the Rond Point and at the top of Rhodos 1 are ideal for children.  Added to that, there are also a myriad of great English speaking ski schools.

 

The nursery ski areas are easily accessible from the main ski areas so it is easy for parents to get some real skiing done between drop off and collection from their ski lessons.

 

Post skiing, if the little one still have energy to burn luckily there are plenty of off piste activities such as tobogganing, ice-skating, cinema, husky rides or swimming.

           

 

3. Val D’Isere, France

 

Val d'Isere is a great family resort, with wide nursery slopes located very handily right at the bottom of the main pistes beside the resort centre. That helps to make the drop off from your luxury ski chalet in Val d’Isere quick and easy. There’s another nursery area in La Daille as well as one on Solaise, where the Madeleine Express lift serves a gentle, undulating slope, perfect for little legs.  And with over 300km of slopes in the Espace Killy ski area (which links in with Tignes) and an incredibly efficient lift system, there are plenty of skiing options for the more experienced skiers in the group.

 

To keep everyone amused (both children and parents alike) few resorts have more choice off the slopes than Val d’Isere. There are two cinemas, that mostly show English films, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor ice rink and husky dog sledging to name just a few of the many activities available.

 

There are also numerous ski school and childcare options, which we can arrange for you when staying at one of our luxury, ski chalets.

 

 

4. St Anton, Austria

 

Not the obvious choice for beginners, St Anton has made a hugely successful effort in recent years to become more child-friendly and dispel any notions of being purely for experienced skiers. On the whole, the main ski area is suited to good intermediates with plenty of faster blues and reds, but for complete novices there are some good options too. Children learning to ski for the first time tend to stay on a handful of gentle runs, however many KMs of pistes there are in the resort. And what counts is that the learners have some nice gentle slopes to gain confidence.

 

The Nasserein area of St Anton, which tends to be where many of the luxury ski chalets in St Anton are located, has many wide blue slopes and is home to two of the main children’s ski areas.

 

The resort itself is ‘picture postcard’ charming and makes for a great family base. The Arlberg ski area is also the biggest ski area in Austria, which will make the keener parents’ eyes light up, with 340km of pistes and 200 km of unpisted ‘deep snow runs’ to choose from.

 

There are a multitude of ski schools and childcare option, and we can arrange a private nanny with your luxury ski chalet.

 

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