10 great family friendly ski resorts
Holidays with the kids are always unforgettable, especially when they involve snow, mountains and après-ski fun for the whole family. To help you plan your next family adventure, we asked our friends at Crystal Ski Holidays to shortlist 10 of Europe’s best family friendly ski resorts.
Kronplatz is a playground of pistes and powder, nestled between the Alps and the Dolomites. Family activities include tobogganing and ice skating, or you can leave the kids in one of the resort’s top ski kindergartens while you hit the slopes.
2. Geilo, Norway
Geilo is well known for its reliable snow conditions, not to mention its 40 pistes and 18 lifts. There is also a play area complete with a slope for youngsters, and the resort’s relaxed après-ski atmosphere is perfect for families.
3. La Plagne, France
Located in the Tarentaise Valley, La Plagne is an Alpine paradise. This resort has plenty of options for young children, including ski kindergarten and sledging, or why not take the whole family on a high-speed bob rafting ride?
4. Kitzbuhel, Austria
With 170km of slopes and 32km of ski routes, it’s no surprise that Kitzbühel won best resort at the World Ski Awards in 2013 and 2014. There are ski courses and a wildlife park for kids, and a health spa and award-winning cuisine for adults.
5. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Slovenia’s Upper Sava Valley has 18 pristine slopes which run from the mountain tops to the snowy beach in front of your hotel. The resort boasts an Igloo Village which has its own bar, restaurant and top secret night entertainment.
6. Claviere, Italy
Sitting on the French border in the vast Milky Way ski area, Claviere’s slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates. This tranquil resort has evening childcare facilities, allowing grown-ups to enjoy a lively night out in nearby Montgenèvre.
7. Soldeu and El Tarter, Andorra
Soldeu offers the most relaxed and family-friendly skiing in Grandvalira, which sits in the heart of the Pyrenees. This resort offers great value compared to other European resorts, and has perfect pistes for families and beginners.
8. Iso-Syote, Finland
Syöte Natural Park is home to one of Scandinavia’s finest ski resorts, which has a Snow Land for kids, and plenty of piste for beginners and intermediates. The resort also has the largest snow park in Finland, which hosted 2014’s World Snowboard Tour.
9. Niederau, Austria
The Wildschönau Valley has fantastic slopes and powder, but if you’re looking for some more challenging routes, Auffach is only a free bus ride away. For something a little different, there is horse-drawn sleighing and tobogganing too.
10. Alpe d'Huez, France
The ‘Island in the Sun’ has a vast selection of pistes for all ages and abilities, including the Sarenne, the world’s longest black ski run. The resort is also home to a vibrant après-ski scene, and some of the best nursery slopes in the Alps.