When you go skiing with children, you have to be careful to pick a ski resort that will be suitable for them. If your children are old enough to go skiing themselves, it’s important to go to a resort with good beginners’ slopes that they can learn on. It’s also very important that there are other activities than skiing, so that the whole family can have fun together off the slopes. With that in mind, here are our tips for the best ski resorts in Europe for young families.
Alpe D’Huez/La Plagne
Alpe D’Huez and La Plagne are neighboring ski resorts but they have recently been linked to form a giant skiing area known as Paradiski. The combined area offers 425km off downward slopes meaning there is a variety of skill levels catered for, including beginners. The ski school in Alpe D’Huez in particular is famed for its outstanding teaching quality and wide range of languages, making it the perfect place for your children to learn to ski.
There are plenty of other activities to be getting on with should you tire of skiing. Your children will love the sports centre in Alpe D’Huez featuring a large outdoor swimming pool and ice skating rink; access to which is free with a full area lift pass.
Saas Fee in Switzerland is an excellent place to go for a family ski holiday with skiing available all year on the glacier. Particularly suitable for children is the large plateau right next to the village designed for beginners to snowplough on. These runs are particularly good for snow cover at the beginning and end of seasons, so Saas Fee is definitely worth considering if you plan to go at off-peak times of the year.
There is an indoor swimming pool available, as well as ice skating facilities and beautiful winter walks you can enjoy together. For the more adventurous there is a toboggan run, sledging and even husky dog sledging.
Another Swiss resort, the village of Veysonnaz has restricted building laws conveying a certain unspoilt quality that children find enchanting. Not having been exposed to mass-market tourism yet, it has a stress-free secret feeling to it making it a wonderful place to relax with your family.
All skiing abilities are catered for by the snow-sure glacier. Beginners can stay local whilst the more advanced you are, the further you can travel across the vast terrain, meaning all the family can get what they like out of the skiing holiday.