Top ski resorts for families

Resorts that are perfect for you and your little ones.

by 17 November 2014

Beautiful views and pistes are scattered all over the world, but whether you have two days or two weeks it's important to know which ski resorts are perfect for you and your little ones.

Courchevel, France

Courchevel France

Previously known as Courchevel 1850, Courchevel in France is one of the most glamorous places to be seen on the slopes. Guests can enjoy two six-star palace hotels, designer shops and jewellers lining the streets, and slopes for every experience level. There are 275 runs in total, 101 for beginners, 146 for intermediates, and 28 for advanced. Kids can be entertained for hours with the ice rink, indoor pool, bowling, gym amenities, and snowshoeing. For nightlife, the surrounding area is bustling but not crowded, and the bars provide knowledgeable and skilled staff offering quality cocktails and wines.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz Switzerland

St. Moritz provides all the expected amenities and extras of a luxury resort with great skiing, but what sets this resort apart are the unique activities available beyond the slopes. The world famous Cresta run is only for the most adventurous of travellers; a natural ice skeleton racing toboggan track that drops 156 m (515 ft). We suggest staying at the glamorous Badrutt's Palace Hotel, but you will need to book months in advance to get a room. If you need a break from skiing, you could can fill your day with polo, golf, cricket, and horse racing across the lake, and then finish the evening off with a trip to the health spa.

Jackson Hole, United States

Jackson Hole

This area in Wyoming claims to have more billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the US, and the location has the perks to prove it. Amangani Ski Hotel offers panoramic views of the snow capped Grand Teton National Park, and a complimentary 20-minute transfer will take you to their private Ski Lounge in Teton Village. This alpine community is full of shops, restaurants, and bars, but it will be hard to get any ski lover off of the slopes.

Beaver Creek, United States

Beaver Creek Ritz Carlton

While Vail claims the best skiing, Beaver Creek is the better choice for the luxury traveller with kids. We recommend staying at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, which includes a grotto with a heated lazy river, yoga studios, and an outdoor heated pool. The skiing provides variety, both world champions and beginners can enjoy. With kids running around it can be stressful to keep track of so many skis, helmets, boots, and poles, but Beaver Creek will help you with this issue.

Ski concierge service includes attendants who help take your boots and skis off, and you will find them waxed and ready when you return the next day, along with your boots, warmed and dry. In addition to skiing, the area is full of shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants all with heated walkways and escalators so everyone stays warm and comfortable.  To top it off, the Vilar Centre offers Ballets, theatres, symphonies, and Broadway musicals.

Cortina, Italy

Cortina Italy

This is the place to be if you want to holiday like an Italian. Ski first thing in the morning, because after that most guests will enjoy a  three-hour lunch, take a rest, shop, and then eat and drink late into the evening. The most luxurious hotel and palace choices include Hotel Cortinia, Grand Hotel Savoia, and Cristallo Palace Hotel and Spa. Socrepes is especially catered for families with slope areas for kids, safe lifts, and cartoon characters.

Snowbird, United States

Snowbird Utah

Travel can be exhausting with the whole family, and Snowbird, Utah is accessible and easy to travel to without sacrificing quality. Here, you can get your whole family to the slopes without any tedious travel. The Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains is beautiful, and in addition to skiing guests can enjoy night skiing, tram rids, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, heli-skiing, and backcountry tours.

Snowbird provides a variety of accommodations, but we recommend the Cliff Lodge because of the ski in and out access and dinning options to please every age. Plus, Snowbird is also a full childcare facility with a children day camp, evening child care, and a even nursery. While the children are taken care of, older guests can enjoy the Cliff Spa services and facilities with 21 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, fitness centre, rooftops pools and hot tubs.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt

Zermatt has everything you would expect from a perfect ski village. Luxury hotels line up side by side with wooden bars, narrow cobble stoned streets and the resort is full of top-quality restaurants with menus tailored for children. The skiing is an winter fairy tale, with 360 kilometres of pistes for every level of experience. The adventurous can try hiking, heliskiing and mountain tours and guides while others can ski, sled, toboggan, and play a variety of ice sports.

Children under the age of 9 travel free of charge on mountain railways and cableways, and skiing instructors are on hand to show the little ones how to make it down the slopes.You simply will never get bored, but if you need a break from all the action there are plenty of places to relax, enjoy the sun, and eat a beautiful meal.

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