Are you a family that loves to ski? Have your children caught the skiing bug? Well, you’ll be curious to know where the best skiing resorts in Europe for families are.
The life stage of your family can often affect which resort you choose. You may need to cater for young children who want entertaining, or you might be concerned about the size of the slopes for your overly-ambitious teenager.
Below are five of the top family favourite skiing resorts in Europe that can keep everybody in the family happy.
Val d’Isère in France has gained a fierce loyal following of visitors over the years. Neighbouring Tignes, together they share 300km of skiing areas and luxury chalets, making up the Espace Killy. The chalet architecture makes the area particularly recognisable and the towns and villages create picture-postcards images.
The slopes are situated in a unique area and house free-ride itineraries and a snowpark, making it perfect for children through to advanced skiers. It’s an area that has attracted huge sporting events and supplied the successes of many competing skiers, such as for the Olympic Games, Criterium de la Première Neige or World Alpine Ski Championships.
Val d’Isère is number one on the list for a reason! To find out more why, read this ski guide to the best of Val-disere.
Filzmoos in Austria has gentle runs for children, as well as ski lessons and a kids club. It’s the perfect family location, situated near Salzburg. Salzburg has grand baroque architecture and well-respected restaurants to add to your family skiing holiday. Also consider the castle, wildlife park, Dachstein Glacier and Salzburg Natural History Museum excursions alongside your skiing.
Bulgaria is becoming a favourite as a skiing destination, and Bankso is a great place to take the children. It’s a really affordable option while retaining the charm and top-notch skiing of other European skiing destinations. Bankso in particular has beginner’s slopes and a ski school, making it perfect for families who are new to skiing. Also, the nearby town centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adding another activity to your holiday to-do list.
Another French ski resort that makes the list is Avoriaz. It’s perfect for those with young, excitable children who want to run everywhere as much as ski. With a no-car policy, parents can rest assured that their children are safe. Children and teenagers can go to the water park, Aquariaz, to break up the skiing holiday. Then there’s the skiing itself. With a ski school specifically for 3-16 year olds, the ‘Village des enfants’, Avoriaz has become known as a top ski resort for families. Plus, the school is happy to entertain the children should a blizzard disrupt the skiing.
Passo Tonale in Italy has high altitude, guaranteeing snow and a winter family skiing holiday atmosphere. There are a wide range of pistes, from the gentle for beginners to more challenging for advanced. The resort is incredibly friendly and welcoming and attracts loyal visitors every year. Children and teens will no doubt make friends during their stay.