Best family ski hotels
Which are the best family ski hotels? If you’ve got children in your family and you want to start them on their first steps into skiing, we understand that you need a suitable hotel and resort. Things to look for apart from the obvious child-friendly accommodation are: high quality ski schools and a good resort with plenty of facilities and activities to do off the slopes.
Of course there are many, many ski hotels in the Alps which would be perfect for a family ski holiday. These hotels range in price and size and are found in resorts of all shapes and sizes. However, the common denominator for all good family ski hotels is that they provide a welcoming atmosphere as well as easy access to and from a ski area which is suitable for children. We have a huge selection of family friendly ski hotels throughout the Alps from which to choose so the list below is just a taste of what we can offer.
Family ski hotels Italy
Gressoney is a fantastic ski resort if you are looking for a quiet and traditional village and makes a perfect choice for families with small children due to its peaceful and serene ambience. It has excellent access to the slopes of the Monterosa ski area and several local style bars and restaurants. The après-ski scene is, however, quieter than in other resorts. The ski domain is ideal for intermediates and experts and the ski area of Monterosa offers mainly red and blue runs with some amazing off-piste, touring and heli-skiing opportunities. Snowboarders will also love the free-riding here, and cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice too. Although not as lively as other resorts, Gressoney has a number of resort facilities which will keep children happy when not on the slopes and includes a sports centre, several shops, and some great restaurants serving local fare.
Family ski hotels Switzerland
Villars is a charming chalet-style resort situated close to Geneva. It shares a ski area with neighbouring Les Diablerets and together they have a surprisingly large ski area which is best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. It is the perfect resort if you are looking for a traditional (we love the red mountain train) and pretty ski resort with empty slopes and understated Swiss charm.
Wengen, which is set on a high shelf above the Lauterbrunnen valley, is a pretty, traditional, car-free alpine village. The local scenery is some of the most beautiful of the entire Alps (the famous Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountains) and there are lots of long, gentle runs - ideal for leisurely piste cruising. For beginner children the nursery slopes are located in the heart of the village which makes accessing them very easy. Wengen is the ideal resort for families and groups which include non-skiers as there are plenty of walking trails, toboggan runs and stations accessing the famous cog railway. The pedestrian main street is the heart of the resort and is lined with chalet-style shops and hotels. There is also a traditional ice rink.
Family ski hotels France
Samoens is a charming and very traditional resort town less than one hour from Geneva. The main gondola station is on the very edge of the town so ordinarily you would need to jump on the resort bus service to reach it. However, in 2017 Club Med opened its latest club hotel which is located actually on the mountain and in the middle of the ski area. Ski access to the perfect terrain for beginners can hardly be any easier as the hotel is truly ski in and ski out.
Family ski hotels Austria
Obergurgl is situated in the spectacular Oetz Valley and due to its altitude boasts an extremely long ski season. The resort remains largely unspoilt with a wide selection of excellent hotels. There is no through traffic and the skiing starts directly from the village centre - most hotels offer ski in ski out convenience which families will especially appreciate. Obergurgl is a small village so getting about is really very easy and arranging a lunchtime rendezvous of skiers and non-skiers is a simple exercise. The apres ski scene is relatively lively although very much geared to a family audience. March and April are the best months to enjoy the atmosphere as the warmer weather allows the good cheer to spill out onto the streets.