28 August 2019 from Danielle in Ski areas

Did you know that France and Switzerland have organisations that certify certain ski resorts as family-friendly destinations? If you're looking for a ski resort where the kids will have fun and Mum and Dad won't go bonkers trying to organise all the logistics, these ski resorts just might be the key. We've broken down the labels in each country where you can find certified family-friendly destinations for your next family ski holiday with the kids. Happy skiing!

France: Famille Plus

The Famille Plus label has a 6-point code that guarantees successful family ski holidays:

  1. Family-friendly welcome
  2. Events for all ages
  3. Discounts for different ages
  4. Activities for young and old
  5. Easy access to businesses and services
  6. Competent, family-friendly staff

In every Famille Plus ski resort, you'll find accommodation providers, restaurants and activity providers that do their best to ensure families feel at home. Currently, there are 46 mountains in France with the Famille Plus label. Destinations are evaluated every 3 years to make sure they still meet the criteria for the Famille Plus label.

Kids on a chairlift wearing Head ski gear
Finding a family ski resort for the kids can be a daunting task (Photo: © Head)

Switzerland: Family Destination

Switzerland awards the Family Destination label to places that provide curated activities for kids so Mum and Dad can catch a break while knowing the little ones are having a good time. For the most part, these destinations offer activities both in winter and in summer. Currently there are 25 Family Destinations in Switzerland. The label is valid for a certain time period, currently 3 years. The same umbrella organisation also gives mention to hotels that cater to families with kids. The hotels are divided into two categories, with childcare and without childcare.

Austria and Italy don't have family-friendly certification systems for their ski resorts, but we can help! Check out our articles on the best family-friendly ski resorts in Italy and Austria.

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!