It’s never been easier to find the perfect family ski resort: whether you’re hiring a specialist agency, going on a package trip or making your own arrangements. There are many resorts offering a wide range of accommodation and activities, from self-catering for those on a budget to luxury hotels and chalets.
For those who don’t like traveling abroad, Scotland has five ski resorts. Lecht, located in Cairngorms east, is best for families and beginners. It has a reputation for being very friendly, helpful and unpretentious, and the “Magic Carpet” crane is very popular with kids. However, variations in UK weather can result in travel restrictions so it’s not a good option to book too far ahead. If you are traveling on short notice, booking online rental equipment and passes is recommended.
The Best Ski Resorts for Families
Continental resorts have more reliable weather, and are easily accessible by air, car or coach, and the new Swiss Euro Star Alpine Ski Train service. Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia offer cheap ski vacations, many with cheap flights from regional airports. Accommodations tend to be basic but are comfortable and clean.
Many French resorts boast Eastern European prices and have the French government’s “Famille Plus” award. Some have “village des enfants” for children aged six months to 10 years, with a variety of activities and entertainment. They are used by the locals so it can get busy on weekends but fairly quiet during the week.
Austria also has Kinderhotels, a chain of family hotels for children up to 18 people. Many have winter playgrounds, swimming pools, cinemas and discos. The inclusive package means no worries about baby equipment or child care. Parents can enjoy quality time and relaxation; there is a spa, wellness center, cuisine and a fabulous bar.
The resorts in sunny Spain and Andorra are also worth considering; both have beautiful and reasonably priced resorts with good accommodation and food. Andorra has an award-winning ski school and duty-free shopping.
Best Scandinavian Family Ski Resorts
Scandinavian ski resorts, which have the longest season and lots of snow outside of Easter, are very friendly for British families. Kids will love the Santa package in Finland but there are log cabins, deer, huskies and a sauna aplenty in Sweden and Norway as well, as well as a chance to see the magical Northern Lights.
For those who want the ultimate in luxury there are ski resorts in Italy, France and Switzerland ranging from boutique hotels to private chalets with pools. All offer exceptional child care, a variety of outdoor activities, indoor facilities, and entertainment suitable for very young and older teens.