Three of the Best European Family Ski Destinations
The first snows of the year have well and truly settled and Europe’s ski season is underway. The prospect of a family ski holiday, especially with young children in tow, may seem a bit ambitious or even downright scary. But if you know where to stay, a family trip to the slopes can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. So if you’re thinking of whisking your little ones away for fun and frolics in the white stuff this winter, here is our pick of three of the best European family snow sport destinations for 2012-2013.
- La Tania, in the Vanoise region of France, is nestled between the well-known resorts of Courchevel and Meribel and linked into the famous Three Valleys ski system. It lacks the nightlife of its better-known neighbours, making for a more tranquil and family friendly setting. The local ski school is excellent, providing the best care and ski tuition for the little ones whilst giving experienced skiers access to some of the best pisted runs in the world. Plenty of accommodation is available in catered chalets and hotels, with fewer faceless apartments in evidence than in your bog standard French ski centre.
- Perched high in the French Haute Savoie, Flaine is one of the most accessible ski resorts, making it the ideal destination for families with little ones in tow. As one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps, Flaine is the ideal choice for an early- or late-season break when the prices are cheaper and the crowds smaller – perfect for inexperienced skiers to build up their confidence on the wide, sweeping runs. Ski snobs have a habit of ruling Flaine out simply because of the resort’s relative unattractiveness, but when you consider that most of your time is spent indoors or out making the most of the snow, how much does the odd high-rise really matter? There is some great value hotel and apartment accommodation to be found in the centre of Flaine, or for something a bit more upmarket try a catered chalet at nearby Le Hameau.
- Austria is a firm family favourite, oozing bags of character and charm – think chocolate-box winter scenes with bell towers, gingerbread houses and snow-capped peaks. Scheffau is a traditional Austrian village located some two hours’ drive from Salzburg airport via a picturesque but unchallenging (no scary hairpins) mountain highway. The resort is linked into the Grossraum ski circuit, one of the most extensive in Austria with a couple of hundred kilometres of pisted runs to keep experienced skiers suitably happy for the duration of their stay. The ski school operates on an all-day basis, to help the little ones find their ski legs as quickly as possible, and there is plenty of light-hearted family entertainment to be found in the village long after the lifts have stopped for the night.
Search for the best European ski accommodation now. The season is young, the snow has arrived and there are plenty of bargains to be had.