The Best Family Ski Resorts in the Alps
Planning a family ski trip this winter but not sure where to go? A great range of terrain, good ski schools, off-slope activities and family-friendly accommodation are all important factors in picking the best resort for your family. To help with your decision, check out some of our favourite family ski resorts in the Alps.
This ski-in/ski-out, fully pedestrianised town is a fantastic resort for families. It’s part of one of the biggest ski areas in the world, the Portes du Soleil, which offers a superb range of runs. There’s also a number of ski schools, including the Avoriaz Alpine Ski School and Le Village des Enfants. When you’re off the slopes and looking for ways to entertain the kids, Avoriaz has plenty to offer, including Aquariaz – claiming to be Europe’s highest waterpark, the pool complex offers a lazy river, half-pipe slide, climbing walls and an open-air spa heated to 34 degrees. Plus, the resort is located only an hour and a half from Geneva, allowing for a short, hassle-free transfer.
With access to a superb ski area (the Grand Massif), Flaine is very popular with many skiers and borders, but it’s particularly ideal for families. The resort is largely pedestrianised, and there are lots of slopeside accommodations. The ski area is diverse enough to keep beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers happy. Plus, for the time spent off the slopes, there’s an ice rink in Flaine Forum, as well as a cinema and an indoor swimming pool (located in the Le Centaure residence). Additionally, Flaine is only an hour from Geneva airport, making for an easy airport transfer.
This traditional Swiss resort is another great option for families, as children under the age of nine ski for free throughout the season. It’s a friendly village, offering gentle nursery slopes for beginners and a great range of intermediate runs, thanks to a link to the slopes of Les Diablerets, creating a combined area of 120km of easy to moderate terrain. The beginner slopes aren’t as easily accessible as in other resorts, but the scenic 20 minute train ride to get there makes for a very pleasant journey. Villars is a particularly great resort for those who don’t wish to spend their entire holiday on the slopes, with a full programme of family-friendly events on during the season.
The opening of the Mille 8 development last season ensured this already hugely popular resort became a firm family favourite. The development, located in Arc 1800, contains a swimming pool, a toboggan run and a dedicated beginners’ area. Being part of the Paradiski area, the resort also offers varied terrain to suit all abilities. There is a great range of accommodation to choose from but Le Village Arc 1950 is highly popular with families – the ski-in/ski-out village has indoor and outdoor pools, its own kids’ club and its own ski school.
The site of Europe’s highest train station is also a traditional and charming ski resort. The pedestrianised village is accessible via train from the resort of Lauterbrunnen and is located at the heart of the Jungfrau ski region, with lots of long, gentle runs, which are ideal for intermediates. There’s a beginners’ area in the centre of the village and there’s also one further up the mountain, easily accessed by cable car, which benefits from better snow cover.