There’s nothing more exhilarating than packing up the family and whisking them away to a lofty ski resort. Not all ski resorts are created equal, however. Some resorts offer more attractions and amenities for families than others. If you’re looking for the best family-friendly ski resorts on the planet, the following may be perfect for you.
Whistler is one of the most popular ski resort destinations in the world, and one of the largest in North America. It boasts over 8,000 acres of piste across two large mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, which are nestled in the wild, beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada. At Whistler, you have the highest guarantee of snow every time you visit. Whisler sports a cozy, family-friendly environment full of cafes, restaurants, and room accommodations.
Val d’Isère is a French ski resort located next to Tignes with a combined 94 ski lifts and 300 km of piste. If you’re arriving from the United Kingdom, the resort is easily accessible from both the Geneva and Chambéry airports. Visiting Val d’Isère not only provides your family the opportunity to ski on slopes varied by skill but also provides the chance to enjoy annual snow-sport events such as the celebration of the season’s first snow, or Critérium de la Première Neige. Val d’Isère is also surrounded by old farmhouses and a 17th-century church which makes the ski resort even more charming and magical during a gentle snowfall.
Nestled in Tyrol, Austria, this ski resort is lovingly referred to as “the Diamond of the Alps.” Once you and your family visit here, you’ll understand why. It has a reliable amount of snow cover, possesses a traditional Austrian village, and is one of the highest resorts in all of Europe. The resort is centered around the Gurgl, the original inn of the village making it the oldest building standing. Next to the Gurgl is the Hotel Edelweiss that majestically compliments the old-world charm of the rest of the resort village. Due to the location of this resort, there is minimal traffic, so it is a very safe place for families with small children.
Another gem nestled in dear Austria, Lech is located in a traditional farming village within the Alps. Lech is located near the resorts of Zürs and Warth-Schröcken for a combined ski terrain of 180 km. Lech feels almost like an exclusive ski resort due to the fact that the daily visitor cap is 40,000 a day. The slopes, shops, and lifts are less crowded and feel less like fighting through a mob and more like a secluded vacation deep in the Alps. Lech is known as the snowiest area in the Alps due to its standard snowfall of 10.6 meters a year. With rustic accommodations settled between snow-covered mountains and lamp-lit wooden cabins, it’s easy to understand why your family would be charmed by Lech.