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What Makes the Best Family Ski Resort?

If you are going on a skiing holiday with your family, choosing a suitable resort is especially important. You'll need to make sure it is suitable for families, and if you are travelling with young ch...

If you are going on a skiing holiday with your family, choosing a suitable resort is especially important. You'll need to make sure it is suitable for families, and if you are travelling with young children this is even more essential. Spend some time researching the right resort and catered chalet for your family and you will get a lot more out of your holiday.

What Makes a Good Family Ski Resort?

There are a number of factors to look for when you are choosing a good family ski resort. Some of them include: childcare facilities; peaceful atmosphere without too many clubs or large groups of young skiers; suitable accommodation in the form of a catered chalet or hotels; activities other than skiing, including sports and cinemas; ski schools; good skiing for beginners; traffic free; free lift passes for kids.

There are many resorts that are ideal for families. Here are some that are particularly popular.

La Plagne, France

La Plagne is one of the best family ski resorts in the world. Comprising a number of villages that all have different characters, you will find some villages that are suitable for younger children, and some that are better for teenagers.

Belle Plagne is excellent and very popular with British holidaymakers, and it has a playground for youngsters. Montchavin is another good option, and this one is traffic free. Each village has a ski school and nursery runs, and there are many intermediate slopes and terrain parks.

Avoriaz, France

This large resort is traffic free and it is a peaceful place to spend a family holiday. It is home to Village des Enfants, a ski school and leisure centre for children as young as three, and it also provides childcare facilities. The Aquariaz water park is also a popular attraction. Overall it is a very safe resort, you can expect good snow, and you can find a ski-in/ski-out catered chalet with ease.

Tremblant, Canada

This resort in Quebec is traffic free and has an excellent ski school for children. The childcare facilities are very good, and the cobbled streets and old-fashioned style make it a pleasant place to stay. There is a wide variety of terrain for all levels, and the beginner area is very large.

Ylläs, Finland

If you want to go somewhere different, this Arctic resort is not only ideal for beginners but it is also particularly beautiful. There are lots of activities besides skiing, including reindeer rides on sleighs and dog sledding. Head here in later in the season to avoid the darker days, and enjoy a holiday in a peaceful resort for families.

Sun Peaks, Canada

Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, is a beautiful village that provides free lift passes for children aged five and under. The main street is traffic free, and you will find a good variety of terrain here as well as ski-in/ski-out accommodation. There are childcare facilities for the youngest, and lessons are provided for children. The ski area is very large, and the nursery slopes in the village are also convenient.

Find Your Perfect Resort

Skiing is the perfect activity to enjoy on a family winter holiday, but you must make sure you choose your resort carefully. These are some of the best resorts available when you're looking to book in to a catered chalet, but there are many more you could consider.

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Danielle Hodges is the Marketing Manager for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service offering bonded holidays staying in a catered or self catered chalet in La Tania and other fantastic destinations. For a luxury or good-value skiing holiday and the best catered chalets call Ski Amis.

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