Mountain Tribes: The Best Ski Resorts For Families
If you’re thinking of going on a family ski holiday this year then you’ll need to make sure you choose wisely if you want to avoid toddler tantrums or teenage strops. From accommodation to restaurants, activities to events, ski schools to local transport, there’s a whole lot of factors that go into making a resort family-friendly and picking the right resort can be tricky.
We’ve spent years researching the best places to take your mini-shredders (tough gig) and reckon the following are some of the best family-friendly ski resorts on the planet.
Take a look through and then give us a call and we’ll help you to plan an unforgettable family mountain adventure.
St Martin de Belleville, France
Our MD Richard took his entire brood (including grandparents) to St Martin in The Three Valleys a couple of winters ago and everyone had a blast:
“St Martin de Belleville is the perfect resort for a family ski holiday especially if you have grandparents who would like to come along and watch the grandchildren ski. It’s small enough for non-skiers to get a feel for the place and the mountain restaurants are easy to reach which means everyone can meet up after ski school for a delicious lunch.
Our kids loved their time in ski school which left us grown-ups (debatable – Ed) free to spend the mornings exploring the larger resorts of Les Menuires, Mottaret, Val Thorens and Meribel which are all within easy reach. With a very efficient lift system, you can easily get some serious skiing under your legs and still make it back in time to meet back up with the kids after ski school.
The nursery slopes next to the restaurant Eterlou provide a great playground for the kids to enjoy some post-lunch skiing if lunch lingers on a touch which it has a propensity to do when the vin chauds get involved!”
Ok so we know we talk about Champoluc a lot but we can’t help it, the place is just fantastic!
Nestled in the excellent Monterosa ski area – the Italian version of The Three Valleys – there’s skiing for every level here and it’s all seriously impressive stuff.. The beautifully groomed pistes are quiet and great for beginners and intermediates alike while the endless off-piste potential will satisfy the most hungry of teenage powder hounds.
A traditional alpine village with a genuinely friendly vibe, Champoluc is ideal for families because Italians just love kids – nothing is ever any trouble. With so many of our guests choosing to return here year after year, we have no hesitation in recommending Champoluc over and over again.
La Villa, Italian Dolomites
Located in the Alta Badia region of the awe-inspiring Italian Dolomites, the picturesque village of La Villa is a perfect place to base your brood whilst you explore this incredible part of the world.
With 12 different ski areas, 450 lifts and 1,200km of pistes groomed with perfect Italian precision, the Dolomiti Superski is a huge area that offers something for all levels and motivations. Beginners and kids will enjoy honing their skills on the nursery slopes and gentle blue runs while intermediate and advanced skiers will love pushing their limits on the steeper terrain both on and off-piste.
When skiing’s over for the day, there’s still plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained including ice skating at the indoor rink in Corvara, horse drawn carriage rides at Caumasee Lake, relaxing in the spa or simply lapping up La Dolce Vita and enjoying a spot of Italian hospitality – aka a cheeky Prosecco or two!
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
It may be a long way to the West coast of Canada but Whistler Blackcomb is more than worth a trip. The quality of skiing is world class and the village itself is equally impressive.
Voted North America’s #1 Best Ski Resort for three years in a row, Whistler is totally set up for families with excellent facilities on the mountain including the Whistler Kids Snow School, specially designed family zones, enchanted Tree Fort and Magic Castle, and the excellent Coca-Cola Tube Park. And the entertainment continues away from the mountain too – the fantastic Fire & Ice Show is a must and the Nintendo Gaming Lounges, numerous family-friendly bars and restaurants and the outdoor ice skating rink are all guaranteed to produce wide smiles all round.
Everything in Whistler is designed to make life as easy as possible – from excellent public transport links to heated streets – leaving you free to max out on some serious family mountain time.
If you’d like to find out more about any of these family-friendly ski resorts or are looking for more inspiration then just give us a call and we’ll chat you through the options.