Looking for the Best Family Ski Resort in the Alps.
Many families across the country may now be planning their next trip to the slopes. Here is a taste of the choice available if you are looking for the best family ski resort in Europe.
With young skiers and snowboarders being inspired by the increasing success of Team GB in Winter Sports, family ski trips will be popular among many youngsters this coming winter.
Whether you’re heading away during the Christmas holidays or planning to travel in the New Year, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts across Europe to choose from.
One of Austria’s most famous ski resorts, Obergurgl sits at the eastern end of the picturesque Ötz Valley in the Austrian Alps.
The traditional Tyrolean village centre is set around a church and benefits from having no through traffic at all, making it that little bit safer.
The resort has a very family – friendly feel and features a children’s kindergarten ski area and ski school, giving youngsters the chance to develop their skills before moving onto the wider open slopes of the resort’s blue runs.
For those of you who want to take in spectacular views of the valley, the stunning glass-top Mountain Star restaurant sits at 3,080m and definitely won’t disappoint.
Sainte Foy, France.
The nearby ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere often overshadow Sainte Foy.
Popular with British and Dutch families. The resort features an impressive fenced off nursery slope next to the village. Here beginners have plenty of space on the green runs to hone their skills.
The childcare facilities include the P’tits Trappeurs nursery, which looks after children aged 3 to 11 and the Cub Club. The latter holds party nights and kids’ discos on a regular basis.
The pistes maybe limited compared to the bigger resorts nearby. However, the main attraction for many visitors to the resorts is the off-piste skiing. The area can be explored with a guide and there are special zones that are avalanche-controlled.
Alpbach, Ski Jewel, Austria.
An attractive village set in the heart of Tirol, Alpbach has a great family atmosphere. Indeed, some describe Albachtal as the ‘secret jewel of the Alps’.
There are great ski kindergartens and nursery slopes in the centre of the village. These add to the family friendly nature of the resort.
Families with children up to the age of 15 can benefit from a free ski pass during special winter family weeks. There is also an active kids club to keep them entertained when they aren’t skiing.
With excellent ski schools and a kid’s centre in place, families are able to take advantage of all the childcare facilities they will need.
Selva, Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy.
One of the best known resorts in the stunning Dolomites of north eastern Italy. Selva enjoys a great combination of Italian and Austrian traditions and you can expect a warm welcome.
The resort features a ski tour route specifically designed for children, with great ski play areas and several obstacle courses. The childcare facilities are excellent. Several nursery slopes are located close to hotels. For every adult lift pass purchased, children under 8 get a free lift pass.
An extensive snow making system guarantees top quality runs. As does the high standard of piste preparation.
There are also plenty of great restaurants and mountain huts to spend time in as a family. Whilst the breathtaking scenery is a joy to behold.
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