Our selection of the best family ski resorts

image x 3 for blog content (70)If you’ve got little ones in your family and you want to start them on their first steps into skiing, we understand that you need to ensure you choose a suitable resort. Things that you may need to consider are child- friendly accommodation and whether you choose a hotel of a catered chalet, the quality of the ski school available, resort facilities and activities.  To help you choose your next family ski holiday, here is a selection of our best family ski holiday resorts.

Italy

Gressoney   best for peace and traditional village resort.
Gressoney is a perfect choice for families with small children due to its peaceful and serene ambience. Gressoney has excellent access to the slopes, and several bars and restaurants, although the après-ski scene is quieter than other resorts.
The skiing is ideal for intermediates and experts and the ski area of Monterosa offers mainly red runs, and amazing off-piste and heliskiing 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 the young ones happy when not on the slopes, including a sports centre, several shops, and some great restaurants.

Recommended Family Chalet – Chalet Hote Valverde
Recommended Family Hotel – Hotel Dufour

Gressoney

Gressoney


Switzerland

Villars –  best for convenience
Villars is a charming chalet style resort situated close to Geneva, and links with Les Diablerets  and has a surprisingly large ski area, best suited to intermediate skiers. It is the perfect resort if you are looking for a traditional (we love the mountain train) and pretty ski resort with uncrowded slopes and understated Swiss charm.

Recommended Family Hotel – Royalp Hotel & Spa

Children ski school - Villiars

Children ski school – Villiars

Wengen – best for its pedestrianised centre
Wengen, which is set on a high shelf above the Lauterbrunnen valley, is a pretty, traditional, traffic free alpine village. The local scenery is some of the most beautiful in the entire Alps (the famous Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountains)  There are lots of long, gentle runs, ideal for leisurely intermediates and the nursery slopes are located in the in heart of village. Ideal resort for families and groups that include non-skiers as it is easy to get around on the mountain railways. The short main street is the hub. Lined with chalet-style shops and hotels, it also has the ice rink and village nursery slopes right next to it.

Recommended Family Hotel – Hotel Caprice

Pedestrianised resort centre - Wengen

Pedestrianised resort centre – Wengen


France

Vaujany – best for resort facilities
Vaujany is a small and rural village perched on the hillside of its own sector of the Alpe d’Huez skiing area. The village is served by a huge queue-free cable-car. There are plenty of pedestrian escalators accessing the various levels of the resort and the leisure centre (25 metre swimming pool, full size ice skating rink, basket ball court and bowling alley) is very impressive indeed. A new creche will shortly be added to the leisure centre making it a truly outstanding family ski holiday destination.

Recommended Family Chalet – Chalet Saskia East & West

Vaujany

Vaujany

Valmorel – best all round family resort
Valmorel is one purpose built family ski resort which actually fulfils its ambition. Built in the 1970’s to create a traffic free mountain village using only traditional Savoyarde stone and wood for the largely slope-side accommodation it is very attractive, practical and brilliant for families looking for an easy ski holiday. Valmorel recently won the Famille Plus Label which is an award that proves that the resort is a particularly good fit for families, due to its facilities, entertainment and childcare.

Recommended Family Chalet – Club Med Valmorel 

Valmorel

Valmorel

Other French family ski resorts include – Les ArcsSt Martin de Belleville |Courchevel


Austria

Obergurgl – short transfers and long ski season
Obergurgl is situated in the spectacular Oetz Valley and boasts a very long skiing season. The resort remains largely unspoilt and has no through traffic – there is a wide selection of very good hotels. The skiing starts directly from the village and most hotels offer ski in / out locations. Obergurgl is a small village so getting about is really very easy and arranging a lunchtime rendezvous of skiers and non-skiers is a pretty simple exercise which makes it a popular choice for families. The apres ski is varied and is mostly centred around the hotel bars and the resort enjoys a friendly atmosphere that draws guests back year after year.

Recommended Family Chalet : Chalet Alpenblume
Recommended Family Hotel  : Hotel Alpina Deluxe

Tobogganing in Obergurgl

Tobogganing in Obergurgl


Need help finding your perfect family ski holiday?

To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski holiday, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.

Click here to search all our family ski chalets

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Top 5 resorts for late season skiing

Late Season Spring Skiing - Enjoy the sunshine

Skiing late in the season can really have its advantages – longer days, warmer climes and some of the best snow conditions! However, not all resorts are suitable for late skiing (March/April) , so make sure you do your homework to ensure you choose the right resort. To help with your selection, here are our Top 5 resorts for late season skiing…

1. Val d’Isere – France 

Val d’Isere is widely acclaimed to be one of the top resorts in the world, with one of the best snow records in Europe. Linked with neighbouring Tignes, there are over 300km of pistes, vast areas of off piste and skiing as high as 3,000m altitude. Don’t be misled into thinking Val d’Isere is just for experts as there are an enormous number of wide, gentle pistes for intermediates and for novices the excellent nursery slopes in the centre of town are free. Val d’Isere is also renown for it’s fantastic après scene.
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2. Val Thorens – France

Val Thorens is the highest resort in the Alps and one of the most snow sure, with North facing slopes guaranteeing good snow for a long season.Located close to many of the hotels and chalets in Val Thorens are the extensive local slopes to suit all abilities, convenient, gentle nursery slopes and good access to the rest of the vast Three Valleys.
At the heart of the resort is the snow covered Place de Caron where debutante skiers and boarders mix with pedestrians. There are lots of bars and restaurants that look out over this area – many with large terraces making for some good viewing in late February, March and April when the weather is warmer and sitting outside is pleasant.
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3. Obergurgl – Austria

Obergurgl is situated in the spectacular Oetz Valley and is Austria’s highest parish, resulting in excellent snow records and a very long skiing season. Obergurgl is a small village so getting about is really very easy which makes it a popular choice for families. The apres ski is varied and is mostly centred around the hotel bars and the resort enjoys a friendly atmosphere.
Obergurgl Late Season Spring SkiingSearch for your perfect late season ski holiday in Obergurgl


4. Cervinia – Italy

Cervinia combines high, sunny, extensive, snowsure slopes with impressive scenery and a link over to Zermatt.  The skiing is well suited to both beginners and intermediates, consisting of miles of long, gentle flattering runs. In Spring you wont find a better spot to cruise the reds and lap up the sun. A perfect choice for a late season ski holiday.Cervinia Late Season Spring SkiingSearch for your perfect late season ski holiday in Cervinia


5. Saas Fee – Switzerland

Saas Fee is a charming Swiss village in the Valais area. There is good skiing for all standards of skier including excellent lower slopes for beginners. There are a range of family friendly hotels and chalets in Saas Fee. It is a great spot for Easter with the high altitude skiing and ideal for families.Saas Fee Late Season Spring SkiingSearch for your perfect late season ski holiday in Saas Fee


Need help finding your perfect ski chalet for a late season ski?

To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski chalet, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.

Click here to search all our chalets 

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How ski resorts celebrate Christmas and New Year

There is nothing like spending Christmas and New Year in a ski resort, particularly as many ski resorts put on some fantastic festive events for all tastes and ages. Ski resorts tend to celebrate in their own way and you’ll find plenty of festive activities going on between Christmas and New Year.

Not all resorts are good at advertising all their events, as there are usually quite a few, so they generally advertise the main ones. More than likely you will stumble across a festive activity as you walk around the resort. Whatever, you can be sure of lots of family fun and a visit from Santa somewhere along the way. In the more traditional resorts, you can experience festive local events such as choir singing and Christmas markets. Most resorts organise torchlight descents, which are usually followed by spectacular firework displays. Go to the bigger resorts and you can expect a festival style knees up to see in the New Year with a raucous bang!

Here’s a brief list of events in a few top ski resorts in Europe

Val d’Isere – France

Father Christmas on the slopes 23rd December
Discover Santa Claus on skis at the lifts on Solaise. Join in some fun and games with Santa.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!! 24th December
Get ready to welcome Father Christmas, along with his magical Christmas assistants. This year Father Christmas will be arriving on his sleigh with his fairytale helpers.
Torchlight Descent & Fireworks 29Dec
Val d’Isère’s ski instructors present their brand new show including  Torchlight descent,  Firework display.

Val d'Isere Events

Val d’Isere Events

St Anton – Austria

Advent Magic in the Park – throughout December
St. Anton am Arlberg is hosting Advent Magic in the Park for the fourth time this year – the polar opposite to busy crowds, market stalls and rush to buy presents, this is traditional markets, wooden toys, gluwein…you get the picture!
Wiltener Boys Choir Concert 28th December 2016
Skishow “Schneetreiben” with Fireworks  30th December

St Anton Festivities

Tignes – France

Christmas Parade 22th December : let’s celebrate Christmas
Christmas’ parade will take place in Tignes Val Claret and Le Lac.
Santa Claus Tour 24th December
Pop – Rock New Year’s Eve and Fireworks 31st Dec
Grab your down jacket and Moonboots and get ready to dance to the greatest POP-ROCK bootlegs on the highest dance floor in Europe!

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Tignes

Morzine – France

Street Theatre “Legrand bazar de balthazar”– 24th December
Illumination of a giant tree of fire decorated with a hundred candles  24th December
Arrival of Father Christmas surrounded by his “light’in riders” followed by fireworks. 24th December
Town Illuminations 31st December
Light and street theatre show with “Les Cyborgs” 31st December
Light’in riders torchlight descent followed by fireworks 31st December

Morzine

Morzine

Selva – Italy

Mountain Christmas: Music entertainment with the Alpine Horns 23rd December
The hills are alive with the sound of…horns! Traditional horn playing by the famous local band.
Christmas Carols by Music Band Selva 24th December
Explore snow covered forest paths with snowshoes 25th December
Grab some fresh air before Prepare yourself for your Christmas
New Year in Selva 31st December
A torchlight descent in Ortisei followed by New Year Party with music entertainment by the band “Urtijëi Brass” this is followed by New Year Pary in Selva where you can bop into the early hours!

Selva

Selva

La Plagne

Torchlight ski descent and meet Santa before he starts the rounds 24th December
Celebrate a White Christmas in La Plagne – 25th  December
Various of festive activities and events throughout the day
Red Pompom NYE party  31st December
Dancing extravaganza to see in the New year. See the video footage below…

We have only listed a few resorts and events, if your resort is not up there, it’s just because we couldn’t list them all, so don’t worry, you can be sure of plenty of festive fun and frollicks, whichever ski resort you are planning on visiting for Christmas or New Year!

Need help finding your perfect ski holiday?

To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski holiday, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.

Click here to search all our chalets

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Current snow forecast and where to find the best of the snow…

The phones at Alpine Answers have been busy with calls and the two main questions that our customers are asking are, where the snow is and what is the snow forecast. In light of this, we thought it would be a good idea to pull together our own brief report on the current snow conditions.

At the beginning of November the skiing world got very excited with the huge snowfalls that spread across many European ski resorts. This snow formed a solid base in some resorts and many resorts opened early. Then came the warmer weather and the snow stopped falling and in some cases began to melt at lower altitude, except for Val Thorens which saw a massive snowfall towards the end of November.

There have been a lot of negative reports that there is a lack of snow in Europe at the moment. While we agree there is little snow to be had at levels below 2,000m, there is still skiing to be had higher up, plus many resorts are fully utilising their snow making facilities at every given opportunity. So, there is skiing to be had, particularly in the major high altitude resorts such as Val Thorens, Val d’Isère and Tignes, and if you are happy to go further afield, there is an abundance of snow in North America and the east of Europe.

Outlook – The high pressure is due to pass in the next 7 days and snow is forecast to arrive again in Europe by mid- December (around 16th) so do not worry if you have booked your ski holiday over the Christmas period, there is still time.

The current snow in Europe in pictures (7th Dec 2016)

Val Thorens – France

Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Val d’Isere – France

Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere

Cervinia – Italy

Cervinia

Cervinia

Meribel – France

Meribel

Meribel

Les Arcs – France

Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Verbier – Swizerland

Verbier

Verbier

Tignes

Tignes

Tignes

Courchevel, France

Courchevel

Courchevel

La Thuile – Italy

La Thuile

La Thuile

For the latest snow forecasts, we suggest you visit wepowder.co.uk


And finally, let’s all do the ‘snow’ dance…!

Need help finding your perfect ski holiday?

To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski holiday, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.

Click here to search all our chalets

 

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Our pick of the best Christmas presents for skiers and snowboarders

Stuck for the perfect gift to give the skier or boarder in your family this Christmas? Alpine Answers brings you it’s pick of the best presents for skiers and snowboarders. From the handy and fashionable to the fun stocking fillers, we have covered it all!

1. Travel Light

Dutch Hollow™ Hybrid Jacket                         www.columbiasportswear.co.uk
Light-and-warm duck down conspires with an Omni-Heat™ thermal-reflective lining to keep you cozy and comfortable without the bulk on this water-resistant hybrid jacket.(£150)


2. For Ultimate Warm Hands

Scott Ultimate Down Mittens                                                    www.scott-sports.com
The Scott Ultimate Down Mitten is a light, down mitten with a fleece-liner that keeps your hands looking good and feeling warm and comfortable on cold lift rides in the middle of winter. (£60)

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3. These glasses are sweeeet…!

Nectar Sunglasses                                                                                        www.igero.com
These polarized sunglasses from Nectar prevent glare off the snow and ice, and are built to take a beating  They come in a range of super sweet styles. (£100)

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4. Is it a Birdie, is it a plane…

Birdie GoPro Flight System                                                        www.mobilefun.co.uk
Want to do a few drone style shots on piste but no room to pack a drone? Birdie GoPro Flight System may just be the answer! A neat little aerodynamic piece of kit that easily packs down into a small bag for easy transportation. Just pop your GoPro into the cradle and away you go! (£37.99)

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4. Tame the Dragon

 Dragon Goggle X2                                                                  www.dragonalliance.com 
These game changing goggles push functional and versatility to the next dimension. The easy on-off mechanism, make it easier to switch lenses enabling riders to adapt instantly to all kinds of conditions! (£269.99)
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 5. Bring a slice of Devon to the Mountains

Bridd’s Beanies                                                                                      www.bridds.co.uk 
These luxury beanies which are hand-woven in Devon are super warm. They come in a number of different colours that will make you stand out from the (après) crowd! (prices start from £39.95)

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6. Oh lovely, a pair of socks…!

Icebreaker Ultra Light Over the Calf                                      www.icebreaker.com    Not just any old pair of socks! These Icebreaker ski socks are ultralight and non-cushioned for maximum breathability and moisture management. Featuring a sculpted, anatomical design, the Ski+ Ultralight socks are made with a stretchy, breathable and odor-resistant blend of merino wool, nylon and Lycra®. Strategic breathe zones improve ventilation, and the seamless toe closure reduces bulk and prevents blisters. (£23)

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  7. Style goes skin deep

Flow Men’s Boxer Shorts                                                  www.waxxunderwear.co.uk  A perfect stocking filler! These boxer shorts are made from a super soft stretchy new generation fabric for extreme comfort with a rather fetching ski design! 94% Polyester, 6% Lycra. Double layered, flat stitched, cotton pouch for extra comfort and shape. Unique ‘No Fade Fabric’ to ensure that new look and feel: no matter how many times you wash. (£20)

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8. Wax on, Wax off…

The Butta Service Tin                                                                www.snowandrock.com 
Includes a block of our regular 200g wax, our new Butta brush, a small scraper, Butta branded towel and now also with 60ml of green stuff cleaner. Full detailed instructions on servicing your board or ski’s. All presented in a retro Butta branded tin (£29.99)

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9. Now where did I put my beer…?

Hanski Beer Mitt                                                                                     www.hanskie.com
Keep your hands warm and your beer cool with the Hanski beer mitt. Handmade from a soft wool blend, it has a built in bottle holder to keep you beer cool! (£20)

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10. Throwback Onsies

 The Retro Mountain Onsie                                                 www.retromountain.com   I’m sure I have one of these stashed away in the attic?!…It’s a winner with the 20- somethings though! Go- on, ride the retro wave…! (£300)

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11. All in one ski helmet for kids

Cebe Fireball Junior Helmet                                                     www.alpinetrek.co.uk
Combining feather weight and comfort, the Fireball Junior was designed with an In-Mold shell to minimize weight while optimizing impact resistance. It is perfect choice if you are always having problems with goggles falling down and cold heads. Available in sizes 49-54cm (£93.95)

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12. The  Monster  Bunch

Barts Monster Beanie                                                                www.ellis-brigham.com
Make the little monster(s) in your family really stand out with this cute and cool Monster beanie. The soft fleece lining  keeps the head and ears all toasty as well as preventing an itchy forehead! (£22.99)

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13. The only way to really put a smile on their face this Christmas…

The Ultimate Ski Holiday                                                    www.alpine answers.co.uk
Treat the skier or boarder in the family to a ski holiday getaway! There are still many deals to be had alpineanswers.co.uk. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required. Call us on 020 7801 1080 and speak to one of our friendly ski experts.

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