Best Family Skiing Holidays

Kids are fantastic on the ski slopes, not only do they have less distance to fall and are less worried about getting wet or looking a bit silly, they also have less fear, so when they do fall – as long as no one’s looking – they often bounce right back. It’s also just plain easier to learn stuff when you’re a kid! So don’t leave them at home with Grandma, choose one of these family friendly ski resorts and check out our list of the Top 10 Family Skiing Holidays.

Les Arcs ski resort tops the list with an impressive selection of ski school options, free lift passes for under sixes and day care, nurseries, or private nannies on hand to care for the littlest kids. If, despite going to ski school on the low altitude nursery slopes, your kids aren’t quite fully formed ski bunnies, they may take to skating? And to turn the frowns from potential boo boos upside down this ski resort also offers husky sleigh rides, snowshoeing or a trip to the ice caves.

The ski resort at Flaine is a really short drive from the airport, definitely good news on a family skiing holiday. Free lift passes for kids up to five and a special snowboarding park just for kids also makes it popular with the age-challenged. Parents will be pleased to hear that there’s a nursery for kids six months to three years old and for big kids there’s a ski school and holiday club which welcomes the 18 month to 14 year age bracket, hosted in French and English so your kids may learn a bit of French as well as how to ski.Cervinia will do the same thing for your kids but in Italian. The ski resort is quite high up so the nursery slopes get good snow coverage. Out of ski school hours your kids can have fun on the natural ice rink, at the cinema, in the ice grotto or catch up with some ten pin bowling practice.

Isola 2000 doesn’t just have a kids club (for six to 12 year olds), a crèche (for kids 15 months to four years), a ski school time table also offering kids snowboarding lessons, an ice rink and an aqua centre, it also has a lot of special festivities planned for around the 25th of December. And we all know that’s a holiday for kids.

Family skiing holidays favourite, Valmorel, has a feature that will distract most kids from their worries: an igloo village. If that’s a bit chilly how about a ride on a horse drawn sleigh? This ski resort has been welcoming kids onto its kids only beginners slope for years, but the snow garden attached to the ski school is a newer addition. A crèche will care for kids 18 months to two years until they’re old enough for ski kindergarten for kids between three and six. Les Gets is another ski resort with slopes specially for kids – called Le Grande Cry, it’s got a cowboys and Indians theme with ski runs, bumps, corners and ski lifts, definitely a way to make ski school fun. For little ones chalet childcare, a nanny service or nursery options are available.

Cortina d'Ampezzo has some of Europe’s best nursery and beginner ski slopes and the ski resort complex includes a cinema, arcades, skating and ski school, and slopes for sledding or bobsledding. A childcare centre will look after your kids between 8am and 5pm if they’re too small to ski. Lech’s Ski Resort will start your kids off at ski kinder from three years and big person ski school from four. Lech’s slopes are just right for ski school and some of the most highly recommended schools in Europe are based here. Sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing and more unusual kids pastimes like curling and winter golf will keep your offspring entertained off the ski slopes. The Lech Tourist Office can recommend baby sitters for your littlest kids. Soldeu is another ski resort known for its ski schools. Ski nursery will look after your twos to fours but from three years old your kids will be welcomed into ski school by a team from the commonwealth countries. Soldeu ski school has its own snow garden, but the most popular kids feature is the ‘Mickey Mouse’ ski run especially for kids.

The ski resort at Alpe d'Huez has cheap kids ski lift deals, a crèche for kids 6months to 5 years, a ski and play club for kids two and a half to four and ski school for everyone else, which will keep the parents happy, and a skating rink and outdoor pool to keep the kids happy.

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