Luxury ski resorts for families
Choosing your next family holiday is a big decision to make, especially when it comes to skiing. There are so many luxury ski resorts for families, but not all of them will be right for you and your group.
From snowshoeing in the mountains, to a spa day in one of the many luxury hotels, there are plenty of non-ski activities on offer in these family-friendly ski resorts, so you won’t miss out on a fabulous holiday in the mountains, even if you don’t ski.
Travelling with children? You’ll need a resort that caters for their needs with nursery slopes, kids’ clubs and ski schools. If your group is made up of grandparents and non-skiers, you’ll need to choose a resort that offers plenty of other activities for those not wishing to spend time on the slopes.
We’ve put together our list of the best family ski resorts that are perfect for travellers of all ages.
How to choose the right resort for your family skiing holiday
At Oxford Ski Company, we believe there are many factors that go into choosing the right family friendly ski resort for your luxury ski holiday.
Good transport links are a must, with access to and from mainstream airports perhaps one of the most important aspects of a resort’s location. Long bus journeys or train rides may not always be the best way of getting to resort, particularly if you are travelling with young children, so you may wish to consider booking private transfers to and from the airport to make your journey a little smoother.
Access to ski schools
A family skiing resort will also need to have an excellent selection of nursery slopes and appropriate skiing for children or teenagers who are total beginners, while ski schools can offer guided lessons for all ages and abilities. Luxury chalets with ski-in/ski-out access or a driving service are particularly popular in family skiing resorts, allowing for maximum time on the slopes with minimum travel time.
Family friendly amenities
Family friendly restaurants can cater for large groups and multi-generational families, so are ideal for younger travellers or those not interested in booking fancy restaurants or bars for Après-ski. You might also wish to consider a luxury ski resort which is traffic-free so that children are safer while walking through the towns and villages.
Activities for non-skiers
Choosing a resort which is snow-sure is another great way of guaranteeing you have the best family ski holiday, particularly if it is your first time on the slopes. Remember that non-ski activities are just as important as the skiing though, especially if your group is made up of grandparents or non-skiers. Many resorts have a vast range of activities on offer for non-skiers, including sledding, tobogganing and sleigh rides, plus there are plenty of spas and swimming pools for those looking for something a little more relaxing.
Luxury ski resorts for young children
The French resort of Meribel is one of the best ski resorts for children and is particularly popular with British travellers. Brimming with bars, restaurants and shops, Meribel has everything you need for an excellent family ski holiday and oozes alpine charm. There is fantastic skiing for children with nursery slopes and first-class childcare facilities too. For children who do not wish to ski, Meribel Olympic Park is home to a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, bowling alley, indoor ice rink and climbing wall.
Skiing in the Dolomites is a must for your bucket list, and the pretty Italian village of San Cassiano makes an excellent choice for a family friendly ski resort. With 70% of the pistes in resort suited to beginners, young children can enjoy lessons with the local ski schools using easy slopes that are very accessible. The beautiful scenery is as good as anywhere else in the Alps, and there are 18 restaurants to choose from for lunches and evening meals.
Another of the best ski resorts for children is Morzine, located in France’s Portes du Soleil ski area. Just an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport, the short transfer makes Morzine a popular location if you’re travelling with young children. Away from the slopes and brilliant skiing for children, families can explore all that Morzine’s old town has to offer. There’s an array of bars and restaurants and a riverside promenade. Le Rex Cinema is a great place to take children if the weather isn’t good, or they can watch an ice hockey match at Skoda Arena, home to the Morzine-Avoriaz ice hockey team.
Luxury ski resorts for teenagers
Avoriaz, Val d’Isere and St Anton are great resorts to choose from when planning a family ski holiday with teenagers. The French town of Avoriaz has a car-free centre which is safe and easy to navigate, and a visit to the tropical Aquariaz water park is a must. Teenagers will love the park’s waterslides, pools and lazy river, all set to a warm 30-degree temperature. One of the best family ski resorts, Avoriaz is located within the Portes du Soleil ski area which is excellent for beginners and intermediates. Those up for more of a challenge can try some ski jumps in one of Avoriaz’ five snow parks.
Meanwhile, Val d’Isere is also a great choice for family friendly ski resorts in France, with a fantastic selection of ski schools, restaurants and shops in the lively town centre. Sitting at 1800m, the resort offers excellent skiing for all abilities and some particularly challenging black runs. Après is a big deal in Val d’Isere, with La Folie Douce and Cocoricos on the piste, and nightclubs Dadoune and Dick’s Tea Bar sure to be a hit with older teenagers and young adults.
Over in Austria, St Anton’s teen-friendly ski resort is another great choice. Forming part of the Arlberg ski area, St Anton is one of the oldest mountain resorts in the world and boasts some fantastic skiing, with 60% of the pistes suitable only for intermediate and advanced skiers. Teenagers who don’t ski will love the Arl.rock sports centre, which offers activities such as rock climbing, bowling, tennis and squash. There’s also an ice rink and wellness centre complete with indoor and outdoor pools, multi-level sauna and relaxing wellness zone.
Luxury ski resorts for non-skiers and grandparents
The Swiss town of Zermatt is a hugely popular family skiing resort, mainly due to its backdrop of the iconic Matterhorn mountain. The whole resort is car-free, making it very safe and easy for guests to get around, and there’s a great selection of restaurants from which to enjoy beautiful mountain lunches. There are many activities for older travellers and non-skiers to take part in, including ice skating, curling, hiking and snowshoeing. Zermatt is very popular during the summer months, meaning all non-ski activities are available all year round too.
Over in Austria, Lech is another family-friendly ski resort that ticks all the boxes for non-skiers and grandparents. A traditional chocolate box style village, Lech is a firm favourite amongst the Austrian royal family, oozing charm and sophistication. Peppered with designer shops and gourmet restaurants, there are plenty of places to stop by if you’re not a skier. Why not grab your hiking boots and stroll along the 40 kilometres of winding walking routes, or take a horse drawn-sleigh ride through the pretty village?
Last on our list of the best luxury ski resorts for families is the bustling town of Verbier. With some of the best surrounding landscapes in the Swiss Alps, Verbier has a vibrant Après-ski scene and a vast array of non-ski activities. Husky rides and sledging are popular, plus there are 25 kilometres of walking trails to be explored. Verbier Sports Centre, equipped with a heated pool, sauna and Turkish steam bath, is also worth a visit.