Our top 5 ski resorts for families
Our top 5 ski resorts for families
Our top 5 ski resorts for families
Our top 5 ski resorts for families
Our top 5 ski resorts for families
Our top 5 ski resorts for families

Our top 5 ski resorts for families

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One of the fundamental elements to get right when planning your luxury ski holiday is choosing the right resort. Ski resorts differ enormously in scale, aesthetics, convenience, altitude and liveliness 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.

 

When choosing a child-friendly ski resort, there are a few key things to consider which will make all the difference when it comes to the logistics of getting to the slopes and ensuring everyone has plenty of fun (after all that is the aim).

 

Some ski resorts have transfer times from the nearest international airport of over 3 hours, which as every parent knows, can be a nightmare if there are young children in the group. Choosing a resort with a shorter transfer means that you’ll keep the journey as brief as possible, reducing the chance of little ones getting bored, plus you’ll make the most of your time in the mountains.

 

Once in resort, it’s important to consider the logistics of getting children to and from their ski lessons. Most of our chalets come with a driver service meaning you won’t have to stress about getting the kids to the slopes in the mornings. And if there is no driver service, easy access to the lifts or the ski school meeting point will make dropping them off and heading out to enjoy the slopes yourself smooth sailing. They may be slightly smaller resorts, but easy logistics will make for a relaxed holiday for all.

 

For young children, learning to ski is just a part of the luxury ski holiday experience. The younger ones don’t have the stamina to ski all day and there is so much else to enjoy in the mountains so choose a resort with plenty of other family-friendly activities. Morzine, Les Gets and Meribel have received the ‘Famille Plus’ status by the French tourist board showing they are dedicated to ensuring families receive a warm welcome.

 

Get these basics right and the experience will be one of fun and magical memories. As all parents know, happy children means happy parents.

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

 

Courchevel 1650, France

 

Courchevel 1650, or Courchevel Moriond as it’s now known, is a little smaller and quieter than its higher neighbour in Courchevel 1850. 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 other resorts.

 

The ski area of Courchevel 1650 has a wide selection of varied runs with plenty of lovely gentle blue and green pistes for beginners, which tend to be wide and long. It is particularly convenient for parents as the nursery slopes and children’s learning area are located right in front of the main gondola lift as well as being next to a number of cafés in the heart of the village, so you 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.

 

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 new Aquamotion pool and sports centre which holds the title of the largest European waterpark in the mountains.

 

 

Morzine, France

 

Morzine has long been a family favourite. Located in the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area in the French Alps, this pretty alpine village ticks all the boxes for a family ski holiday.

 

Not only is it just over an hour from Geneva, but it also has plenty of lovely gentle blue slopes for beginners. The Pleney area is particularly well suited to children with a green piste both at the bottom and top. The resort has multiple dedicated beginner zones, one of which has two magic carpets and a slow drag rope with access to four pistes. Perfect for young children to find their feet (or skis) on the snow.

 

The resort centre is also fairly flat which makes getting to and from the ski schools and around town with children much easier. And, if they tire of their skis, Morzine has a network of groomed walking trails in the winter, offering great access for exploring the area of foot.

 

There a two dedicated slopes for tobogganing in Morzine, and what better way to travel down the hill to save tired little ski legs. There are both indoor and outdoor ice rinks as well as a cinema and bowling alley if the weather isn’t too good either.

 

For more snowy adventures why not try husky sledging, or a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Older children can even try paragliding in Morzine.

 

Before heading back to your luxury ski chalet, the magical carousel in the village square is a must for children, when the snow is falling it’s picture perfect.

 

 

Les Gets, France

 

Once a traditional Savoyard farming village, Les Gets is the sister resort to Morzine just up the valley. With both alpine charm and pretty tree-lined slopes, Les Gets shares the same Portes du Soleil ski area with Morzine and can be easily accessed from Morzine on skis.

 

Les Gets is a fantastic option if you are looking to introduce your children to skiing for the first time. The village has excellent nursery slopes, whilst slightly higher up the mountain there are plenty of long green and blue runs which are great for practicing once your children have gained confidence. They’ll be whizzing past you in no time! And with access to 600km of slopes in the Portes du Soleil, intermediate and more advanced skiers are well catered for here too.

 

When the kids have finished their ski lessons, take them up to the ‘Grand Cry Indian Village’. Not only is this a dedicated area for children on the piste but it also boasts some of the best views in the Portes du Soleil. With teepees, games, face painting, treasure hunts and drawing contests it’s a snowy paradise for children.

 

To discover Les Gets in a different way, why not try Geocaching with the family. All you need to do is download the app and you’re set to go.

 

Back in Les Gets, don’t forget to catch the toy-like train which runs between the lift stations, for children it’s an experience in itself.

 

In the village there’s a central ice rink surrounded by cafes and boutiques where you can warm up with a vin chaud at twilight, whist the kids skate round.

 

 

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 including New Generation and Oxygène.

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.

 

Once they’ve had enough of standing upright on their skis, they might prefer to sledge down and there are plenty of areas with dedicated tobogganing areas, including La Chaudanne and Meribel Village.

 

Post skiing, if the little ones still have energy to burn luckily there are plenty of off piste activities. In the centre of Meribel and next to the slopes, Parc Olympique is home to a huge indoor climbing wall and ice rink.

 

Or why not see the mountains from a different perspective and take a plane ride from the Altiport, offering spectacular bird’s eye views.

 

 

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 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, amongst the many KMs of pistes. However, 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 our luxury ski chalets 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 305km of pistes and 200 km of unpisted ‘deep snow runs’ to choose from.

 

And at only 1 hour and 10 minutes from Innsbruck airport, it’s one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps.

 

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