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Top 5 family friendly ski resorts in Europe

24th February 2012 Print

For some, taking the whole family on a ski holiday can seem like a daunting experience but in reality the resorts of Europe cater for all ages and offer a perfect active break for families. Ski schools are an excellent way to keep the kids entertained and out of your hair, whilst you enjoy some time on the slopes and the opportunity to discuss what they have learned later. All inclusive holidays are a great option for families, and there are lots of resorts in Europe that have a great selection, and here we will go through five of the best.

Les Gets

Les Gets is situated in the Ports du Soleil, one of the largest ski areas in France, and is a picturesque village that is perfect for children and beginners but will also challenge the more experienced skier. Les Gets has excellent ski schools and basic slopes, which makes it, ideal for families, as well as lots of child friendly chalets which often have deals on all inclusive ski holidays. The lift systems are all quite modern, making it easy to take advantage of the area that also includes Morzine and Avoriaz.

Champoluc, Italy

If you have to take the holiday in half term then head to Italy, which tends to be calmer than the larger French resorts at peak times. Champoluc is ideal for children, because there is a great selection of gentle slopes that are always well maintained, all in a picturesque and serene resort. You can also get some great deals on kids lift passes and sample the delicious local food, which again tends to be cheaper than in France.

Brides Les Bains, France

One for families of a decent ability, Brides Les Bains is a small village in the Three Valleys that allows you to reach the largest ski area in the world at considerable discount and without having to stay in a raucous resort. The downside is that it requires a 25-minute cable car in and out of Meribel to ski, but the savings are definitely worth it.

Wengen Switzerland

Wengen is a car-free resort in central Switzerland, with gentle slopes surrounding the resort that make it a safe place for young children to learn. There is also a great selection of alternative activities to keep non-skiers busy, including a cinema and walker-friendly lifts. However, some may find the high prices in Switzerland off putting.

La Plagne

La Plagne is situated in another of France’s expansive ski areas, Paradiski, and is an excellent choice for families with mixed ages and abilities. Whilst the teenagers will be satisfied by the amount of miles you can cover, the younger kids will enjoy the easier slopes and encouraging ski schools. You will also find a large selection of accommodation that means there are often some great deals to be had.