5 Insider Tips To Pick An Awesome Ski Resort For Your Family

Categories Families, Our Top Tips

With so many amazing and unique ski resorts on offer, deciding where to take your loved ones can be tricky. But that gets a whole lot easier when you know what to look for. And because we’re lovely people, we’re going to help you do just that.

So, here are 5 things we think make a resort family-friendly.

Smaller resorts

Everything you need, right on your doorstep

Choosing a smaller resort means the essentials are likely to be no further away than you can throw a snowball.  It’ll keep walking to a minimum and you can save your legs for skiing (especially if you’d have to carry the kids’ skis too).

If you’ve got younger children who’ll be in childcare, pick a provider close to where you’re staying and check that getting to the slopes from there won’t be a bother. You’ll be able to ski for longer, as well as make drop-offs and pick-ups without breaking a sweat.

Even older children who are keen to explore the mountain won’t wander out of reach and meeting up with them after will be a breeze.

In short, a smaller resort helps you cruise through the day – on and off the slopes.

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Ski area

Good things come in small packages

It might be worth passing on a massive ski area if you plan on skiing all day with the kids.

In most cases, your nippers are unlikely to have the stamina for all-day skiing, so you may not be able to take full advantage of a larger area. Instead, look out for family ski areas, or places with lots of beginner-friendly runs and free access to nursery slopes.

Don’t be surprised if the skiing development of your little ones gets a boost because they’re practicing on familiar territory. It helps their confidence and lets them work out what they need to do to improve, without having to master a new environment at the same time.

Take a look at:

·         Bulgaria, Pamporovo – 36km of piste

·         Andorra, Arinsal – 63km of piste

·         Italy, Pila – 70km of piste

Activities and entertainment

It’s all fun and games

Indoor activities, like bowling and swimming, can be a ball for the family.

Dog sledding and snowmobiling are favourites that older kids might enjoy  – not to mention the cool holiday snaps. And some evening entertainment is a good idea for teenagers – many family hotels have a games room, while most resorts have family quiz nights.

Lots of facilities aren’t absolutely necessary for the youngest or non-skiers – layers of fluffy snow and  imagination will keep the hours rolling by.

Take a look at:

  • Austria, Niederau – Sleigh rides | Winter walks | Innsbruck Olympic bobsleigh | Quiz nights | Cross-country skiing
  • Finland, Ruka – Ice skating | Outdoor swimming pool | Cross country skiing | Dog sledding | | Night skiing | Reindeer safari | Snowshoe | Snowmobiling | Toboggan run | Ice fishing | Ice karting | Sleigh rides
  • France, Alpe d’Huez – Bowling alley | Outdoor swimming pool | Meet Santa

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Winter wonderland

Ski in stardust

Dreaming of a magical time with your loved ones? A winter wonderland holiday might just be what you need.

The mountains are lined with snow-covered Christmas trees and you can stay in pretty, traditional log cabins or wooden chalets. The roads are often decorated with twinkly lights and you’re likely to find a variety of local cuisine and hot wine, or hot chocolate for the kids, in the village.

It’s an all-round, authentic experience that’s as distinctive as it is memorable.

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Transfer time

Short and sweet

Look out for resorts with a transfer of under 2 hours and if you’d rather avoid winding mountain roads, give Austria a look in – many of the resorts are along the bottom of the valley.

With a short transfer, keeping the kids entertained is less of a concern. Plus, why take any longer than necessary getting to all the fun on the mountain? If everything comes together just right, you may even get some skiing done on the first day.

Bringing an iPad, puzzles or travel games along for the ride is a must to keep everyone entertained for the journey.

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Sweet deals

Laughing all the way to the snowbank

If you’re looking for an ideal family ski holiday that won’t break the bank, there are heaps of offers and deals to be had.

Keep an eye out for lift pass and equipment offers, kids deals and single parent savers. You can get some of the best bargains by booking as early as possible – the popular resorts and accommodation always get snapped up.

Resorts to run your eyes over:

Made your mind up yet? If you have any more questions, get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and keep your eyes peeled for this blog series on how to make the most of your family ski holiday.

These posts have been written by one (or several) of the Ski-buzz team.

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