Planning a family ski holiday? Pick the resort that best suits your needs with our guide to family-friendly ski resorts
Pricey but peaceful: Obergurgl, Austria
Nestled high up in the Ötztal Alps of Tyrol, Austria, Obergurgl offers some of the finest conditions for beginner skiers in all of Europe. With slopes lying between 1,795m and 3,080m in elevation, this is one of the highest resorts in Europe and boasts the longest ski season of any non-glacier resort on the continent. For parents, the good news is there isn’t just one, but two children’s areas and each one has an outdoor zone (for good weather) and an indoor ski kindergarten (for bad weather) respectively.
The nearest airport is Innsbruck (96km) and the nearest train station is Ötz (40km).
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Affordable fun: Arinsal, Andorra
The secret is now out – Andorra boasts the best Pyrenean ski slopes yet offers very cheap skiing holiday resorts. Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski resort and has a strong reputation for offering family-friendly skiing on wide, sunny slopes. There is a baby club (for 1-4 years old), a snow garden (for 4-8 years old), as well as ski school (for 4-15 years old) and snowboard school (for 10-15 years old). Children under six also get a free lift pass.
The nearest airport is Carcassonne (182km) but the most convenient airport is Barcelona (214km) and from there, take the AndBus shuttle transfer.
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Crazy about kids: Morzine-Avoriaz, France
Morzine and Avoriaz are two neighbouring resorts in the Portes du Soleil area in France. The two resorts are linked by lifts and an ultra-modern giant gondola, giving visitors a vast choice of terrain suiting beginners, intermediates and experts. While there are several childcare facilities in Morzine, Avoriaz is totally big on kids and has a complete ski area dedicated to children with more than 100 instructors and supervisors available to teach young skiers – the team has developed an original teaching method based on the use of games and cartoon characters.
For Avoriaz, the nearest airport is Geneva (102km) and the nearest train station is Cluses (36km).
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Laid-back charm: Wengen, Switzerland
For mixed family parties of skiers and non-skiers looking for a tranquil and traditional Swiss setting, Wengen delivers. This car-free oasis can be reached by train from Lauterbrunnen and the journey time is only 15 minutes. Once there, the children can play without having to worry about cars and there is also a snowgarden with magic carpet lifts in the village. For non-skiers, there are lovely snowshoe trails, as well as an ice rink and curling facilities.
The nearest airport is Bern (102km) and the nearest train station is Lauterbrunnen.
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Winter wonderland: Flaine, France
Affordable self-catering accommodation in France, Flaine is a compact village with variable ski terrain cater to all skiing abilities, making it a good choice for families seeking alternatives to the country’s other better-known ski resorts. Another big draw is children under five ski for free throughout the ski area, while its childcare facilities are excellent. Flaine also works hard to give children as much excitement as anyone else away from the slopes, with a driving simulator and indoor climbing facilities that are popular among youngsters.
The nearest airport is Geneva (70km) and the nearest train station is Cluses (30km).
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This article was updated on 03 January 2018