Best family-friendly ski resorts

A family-friendly ski resort is one which is adapted to the needs of the whole family. For younger children this means, of course, that there are sufficient facilities so that they feel at home. It’s not always easy to find a family-friendly ski resort where children have plenty of space and activities to keep them busy! Here, you’ll find a list of ski resorts where you can be sure to spend unforgettable ski holidays with the whole family.

(c) La Plagne
France, La Plagne

At the centre of the Paradiski area, Famille Plus-certified La Plagne has access to 425km of slopes. Wide, gentle pistes in the village centre and fun activities like the “snakegliss” and snow garden teach tots to love the snow. Read more...

  • Lots of choice for childcare and ski schools
  • Second-largest linked ski area in the world
  • 11 different villages, each with a unique feel
(c) Avoriaz
France, Avoriaz

Avoriaz has a relaxed vibe; kids will be delighted by horse-drawn carriages in the traditional village centre. The village also has a water park and ice rink. Ski schools are top notch and teen will enjoy the snow parks. Read more...

  • Pedestrian ski-in, ski-out resort
  • Linked to Les Portes du Soleil for 650km of slopes
  • Famille Plus-certified
(c) Puy Saint Vincent

Puy Saint Vincent offers terrain catered to beginner skiers and is a great choice for families. During down time, keep the children amused with sledging and trampoline rides or nightly parties in the village centre. Read more...

  • Sheltered ski area
  • Budget-friendly
  • Famille Plus-certified
(c) Les Karellis
France, Les Karellis

Les Karellis has a high proportion of lifts, which means virtually no queuing. The resort is designed with families in mind, providing excellent nurseries and ski schools so parents can relax knowing their kids are happy. Read more...

  • High-altitude, snow-sure ski area
  • Small resort with intimate vibe
  • Famille Plus-certified
(c) Obergurgl
Austria, Obergurgl

Austria’s self-proclaimed “Diamond of the Alps,” Obergurgl has accessible nursery slopes and children’s areas, as well as various blue and red pistes for beginners. Slopes are wide and sunny and the resort is small but peaceful. Read more...

  • Modern lifts with short queues
  • Long ski season with guaranteed snow
  • Ski-in, ski-out
(c) Gourette
France, Gourette

This ski area in the French Pyrenees has a good variety of skiing for childrens, teens and adults alike. Gourette also boasts a spa and a wide range of activities including dog sledding and several variations on sledging. Read more...

  • Dedicated beginner’s area with only green slopes
  • Ski-in, ski-out
  • 1 hour’s drive from Lourdes airport
France, Risoul

Risoul is an authentic French village and ski area with an expansive beginner’s area and two ski schools. Children 8 years of age and older can ride in a piste basher during a behind-the-scenes tour of the ski area. Read more...

  • Compact, convenient and modern
  • Long, sunny days
  • forested slopes until 2200m
(c) Alta Badia
Italy, Alta Badia

A good proportion of the slopes in this Italian ski area are blue and red, ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers. In addition to sledging and child-friendly snow parks, kids can try horse riding if they get tired of skiing. Read more...

  • Light and powdery snow
  • Wide slopes with good views
  • Good choice of mountain side restaurants
(c) Flaine
France, Flaine

This odd-looking ski resort boasts decent snow, good restaurants, free tickets for kids under 5 and plenty of free activities for the little ones. Teens especially will appreciate the snow park, among the largest in Europe. Read more...

  • Close to five airports
  • Pedestrianized village centre
  • Access to over 260km of pistes
(c) Les Saisies
France, Les Saisies

This Savoyard village features traditional-style buildings and stunning views of Mont Blanc. Almost all the slopes are suitable for beginner-intermediate skiers and there are two free rope tows plus a snowpark for all levels. Read more...

  • Peaceful feel
  • Wide, tree-lined slopes
  • Ski-in, ski-out