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Top Three Family Ski Resorts

Between us all here at Ski-hub, we’ve been on our fair share of family ski holidays; some good, some not so. Mostly, the difference lies in the success of the accommodation and the resort, (although the odd family feud surely played a small part). With different ages to satisfy, and a variation of skiing abilities, parents can often find it difficult to choose a resort that has the right balance for everyone. Likewise, every family is different; some want vibrancy and energy, others want quaintness and tranquility. So we’ve put our heads together to create our Top Three Family Ski Resorts, which we hope to make your decision making easier this winter holiday, with a little something to suit every family.

France: La Plagne

Best for:  abundance of options and vibrant resort atmosphere La Plagne is made up of several villages which encompass an extensive ski area of 220km, with varied slopes ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers or snowboarders. The nursery slopes are excellent, and once children are ready to upgrade to the larger slopes, rest assure that La Plagne doesn’t have many steep slopes, so children can explore most of the resort giving them a feeling of progression. There are plenty of free lifts in the resort as well which allows beginners to find their feet, without you having to fork out for a full area lift pass. There are ESF (Ecole du Ski Francais) ski schools in most villages (as well as other schools), with praise coming particularly from the traditional village of Montchavin. Thanks to its high altitude, La Plagne is known for its snow sure conditions in early and late season, which makes it a good choice for a Christmas holiday or Easter holiday. The wooded runs in the lower villages are ideal for being able to get young or inexperienced skiers or snowboarders out of poor weather as the visibility is better amongst the trees. If you and your family are expert or adventurous skiers, you can be glad of the vast terrain that La Plagne covers, and the cable car (Vanoise Express) that links La Plagne with Les Arcs. There is also a large off-piste area to explore if you want to be a little more adventurous and really make the most of this sky high playground. Plagne Centre is the heart of the La Plagne resort, where you will find the best shops, bars and restaurants. Plagne 1800 Is probably the prettiest village, and where most of the chalets are found.  Beginners’ areas can be found in Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil, Aime and Bellecote. Montchavin is a very traditional village, based on an old farming hamlet. It has an attractive, traffic free centre and the buildings are mostly traditional chalets. Les Choches shares the slopes with Montchavin, although is slightly higher up. Belle Plagne can often become quite crowded in peak season, so if you want to avoid queues and busy slopes and don’t mind being somewhere a little quieter, we recommend picking one of the smaller resorts, such as Montchavin or Bellecote. My sisters and I learnt to ski at a young age in Montchavin, and returned every year for five years. We have the fondest memories of it, and all agree that it was the perfect place to learn! Check out some of our holidays in La Plagne, or get in touch for help and suggestions.

Chalet Morille

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Sleeps:Proximity to slopes: ski in/ski  out

Chalet St Moritz

Chalet St Moritz, La Plagne

Sleeps: 8 Proximity to slopes: 300m

Chalet Charmant

Chalet Charment, La Plagne

Sleeps: 12 Proximity to slopes: 100m

 

Austria: Obergurgl

Best for:  beautiful, tranquil surroundings, high altitude and easier runs Obergurgl boasts a high altitude, making it an excellent choice for early or late season skiing or snowboarding. Lift queues are minimal and the slopes uncrowded which gives parents peace of mind when sending their little ones off for the first time! The resort itself is traditional in style and has a peaceful atmosphere with very little traffic in the centre. With lifts at both ends of the resort, you will never be too far away, making it easy to get children onto the slopes in the mornings. A super choice for a beginner ski holiday, 82% of Obergurgl’s slopes are either blue or red runs. This does mean however, that more advanced skiers may find the area a little limited and unexciting! Obergurgl is not renowned for its busy nightlife or bustling town; it is a quaint, beautiful village most loved for its stunning surroundings, great snow and quieter pistes. In this sense, it’s ideal for younger families. There is an ice-rink and jolly après-ski environment- the kind that small kids can be part of, not the kind where you’re sprayed with champagne or sticky liqueur by semi-naked people. Obergurgl is the ideal resort for a quiet family holiday, away from crowds and busy towns. With a vast amount of red and blue runs, it is an ideal resort for beginners or less confident skiers, where you can improve your ability without the dare-devil idiots whizzing past your ear making you nervous. Check out some of our holidays in Obergurgl, or get in touch for help and suggestions.

Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl

Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl, Obergurgl 

Sleeps: 4 Proximity to slopes: 10m

Hotel Alpina

Hotel Alpina, Obergurgl

Sleeps: 4 Proximity to slopes: 50m

France: Avoriaz

Best for: all round family fun! Great slopes and an exciting resort for families Avoriaz is a favourite resort of ours, boasting excellent snow and a great position from which to enjoy the Portes du Soleil ski area. Perched just above the popular resort, Morzine, Avoriaz is a purpose built resort that ticks all the boxes. Almost all the accommodation in Avoriaz is ski in/ski out thanks to its no roads policy, also making it super safe for young children. The resorts design works so well in that the village itself is sunny, whilst the slopes stay shaded protecting the snow. Cars are replaced by horse-drawn carriages, which is always popular with children. The children’s facilities are great, with the Village des Enfants which takes children from the age of three. Non-skiing activities include the new large leisure complex, bowling alley and cinema, and there is also an ice-rink. Although not a huge resort, the energy in Avoriaz is fantastic, with Christmas and New Year shows, and plenty of restaurants and entertainment. The lift system is fast and modern which minimises queues, and there are plenty of blue and red runs connecting the area for beginners and intermediates. For the experts in the family, there is some tougher terrain to be found, and also the world famous ‘The Stash’ park, full of quirky woodland jumps and rails. With constant sunshine, a fantastic ski area and off slope activities, there’s so much for everyone in Avoriaz; it’s a guaranteed winner with all the family. Check out some of our holidays in Avoriaz, or get in touch for help and suggestions.

L’Amara Apartments

L'amara Apartments, Avoriaz 

Sleeps: 6 Proximity to slopes: ski in/ski out

Chalet Jean France

Chalet Jean France 

Sleeps: 12 Proximity to slopes: ski in/ski out

Before you go, find everything your children could need for their ski holiday at Little Skiers the number one suppliers of kids' ski gear, where you can grab everything from tiny ski boots to cosy onesies. Visit www.littleskiers.co.uk or call them on 01949 842 300.   Little Skiers

For more information on your holiday, call us up for a chat on 0207 3487 191, or email info@ski-hub.co.uk, so that we can help find the right family ski holiday for you.

Ski-hub · 910 days ago
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