10 Best Ski Resorts For Families Across The World
Where can you find the best ski resorts for families in the world? Read on...
What do you look for when it comes to finding the best ski resorts for families in the world?
For many parents, a good ski school and childcare facilities are a must on a family skiing holiday. Many families also like their accommodation to be ski in/ski out. The less time kids have to walk from their room to the slopes, the better.
Beginners also want a good range of ski slopes that aren't just limited to icy black runs with cliff drops on either side. Take a look at this article for the best beginner ski resorts in the world.
Another must-have is long ski runs. Chairlifts with young children can be a total nightmare, so it’s far better to spend more time skiing and less time clambering on/off lifts.
We’ve put together ten of the best ski resorts for families in the world. Time to start planning your next winter ski holiday.
1) AVORIAZ, FRANCE
Nestled high up in the Portes du Soleil at 1800m, Avoriaz in France has long been a favourite ski resort for families. It’s a small, car-free village with most accommodation accessible via. ski in/ski out.
The Village des Enfants is right in the centre of the town with amazing facilities including special kids ski slopes to learn on. There is also an indoor waterpark called Aquariaz overlooking the pistes with slides and a lazy river to enjoy.
Avoriaz is linked into the huge Portes du Soleil area with 13 resorts to explore and over 650km of pistes, so there is also plenty to entertain the avid skiers in your family.
Read more about Avoriaz on their website here.
2) BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO, USA
If you are looking for a luxury, family-friendly ski resort, then Beaver Creek in Colorado, USA is the place to come. It’s a small exclusive resort owned by nearby Vail with just a handful of high-end hotels. The slopes are big and quiet - you won’t get as many crowds here as you would find in Vail or Aspen.
For little ones aged two months to six years old, there is a non-skiing creche called Small World Play School. If your kids ski, then the ski school is a great place to sign your kids up for lessons. Kids under the age of 4 can get a ski pass for free.
They even have full weeks called Beaver Creek Loves Kids dedicated to kids activities with events held around resort during the busy weeks.
Read more about Beaver Creek on their website here.
3) ALPBACH, AUSTRIA
Alpbach is a pretty picturesque village in the heart of Austria. It’s small, friendly and low-key resort with lots of beginner friendly slopes.
It even won silver in the Best Family Friendly Resort category in the Chill Factore Ski Awards in 2014. The ski schools are very child-friendly. During April, they offer free ski passes for kids up to the age of 15.
Alpbach might not offer enough challenging terrain for experienced skiers, but it is great for beginners and intermediates.
When the kids are done skiing and snowboarding for the day, head to the indoor swimming pool or outdoor ice skating rink in the evening.
Read more about Alpbach on their website here.
4) MONT TREMBLANT, CANADA
There is a great ski school and daycare for kids with English-speaking ski instructors. In the evenings, you can go tubing or ice skating before heading to bed.
Unlike Whistler and other North American ski resorts, it’s a comparatively short flight from the UK - only five hours from London. The only downside is it gets very cold here, especially in January and February.
Read more about Tremblant on their website.
5) LA PLAGNE, FRANCE
La Plagne is made up of ten villages with plenty of beginner slopes and 225km of intermediate slopes, making it one of the best ski resorts for families in France.
Most British families stay in Belle Plagne where there is a good children’s playground for little kids to learn or Plagne 1800 which is great for big groups of families. There are also five terrain parks for older kids to have fun in.
For more adventurous adults, there is even a decent amount of off-piste to explore. Take a look at our article on off-piste in La Plagne here.
Read more about La Plagne on their website.
6) ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND
While Switzerland might be expensive, Engelberg is still a popular ski resort for families. With runs up to 12km long, you won’t be hopping on and off chairlifts constantly which is always a bonus for those with small children.
There’s also a huge amount of on-snow entertainment for kids that doesn’t involve skiing or snowboarding.
They have snow tubing runs where you slide down slopes in rubber rings and high-tech sledges. The snowXpark up at Lake Trübsee also have snow bikes to try out and electric snowmobiles for kids aged 10 or over.
Lift prices aren’t extortionate either with children up to 16 paying a third of an adult price ticket.
Read more about Engelberg on their website.
7) JASPER, CANADA
Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is a real wilderness town just a few hours north of Banff. Marmot Basin is the ski resort here.
It is a perfect place for beginners to learn with wide, uncrowded slopes and light fluffy powder. It’s a great un-intimidating ski area with amazing views of the surrounding mountainous terrain.
Kids aged four and over can take ski lessons here. If they are younger, there is a creche available too. The downside is the flight and transfer to the resort are long, but once you are there you won’t want to leave.
Read more about Jasper on their website.
8) OBERGURGL, AUSTRIA
If you want to head to one of the most snowsure resorts in the Alps, make your way to Obergurgl. With easy slopes and traditional Austrian style buildings, it’s one of the best ski resorts for families.
At 2000m, it’s mostly car-free and there is a great selection of activities for kids in the Bobo skiclub and kindergarten.
There are plenty of three and four star hotels, plus a handful of British-run chalet companies. Once a week, you’ll find night skiing is available plus the instructors perform a display down the mountain.
Read more about Obergurgl on their website.
9) SMUGGLERS' NOTCH, VERMONT, USA
Smugglers' Notch is constantly winning awards as one of the best ski resorts for families, including Ski Magazine’s Most Kid-Friendly Resort in the East.
Their kids ski school - Snow Sport University - teaches kids to ski and snowboard from ages two upwards. After skiing, you can take the kids to the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, tubing on Sir Henry’s Hill, ice skating outdoors or head to the Fun Zone, a giant soft-play area with bouncy castles and slides.
Read more about Smugglers' Notch on their website.
10) MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY
Ski resorts can be very expensive, right? Madonna di Campiglio is one of the lesser known resorts in the Dolomites, Italy and the prices aren’t as astronomical as France and Switzerland. It’s also a ski resort that gets a lot of sunshine.
It’s a great option for children who are now at school and don’t need constant child care anymore. There are 100 miles of pistes to explore plus you can have a special dinner one evening in a mountain hut.
Read more about Madonna di Campiglio on their website.