If you are looking for ideas on where to take your family this winter, then take a look at the following 10 winter wonderlands, get your winter sports travel insurance
and go and have some winter fun.
#1 Chalet Les Marmottons and More
Rent a luxury self-catered chalet in the Alps in France or bordering Italy with a company called Peak Retreats. Unwind in a hot tub or warm up in the sauna in the spa after a beautiful day on the slopes, or just curl up by a blazing fire in the lounge of your chalet. With locations such as the Aussois Resort in the Maurienne Valley that caters for beginners and intermediate levels, it is perfect for families.
#2 Reberty, Les Coches and Ardent
The Family Ski Company offer catered chalets with a focus on childcare and kids activity services to support families, including ski school helpers providing smaller children with reassurance through the learning experience. For multiple families check out Chalet L’Eau Vive in Ardent.
#3 Norwegian Beitostolen, Hemsedal and Geilo
Packed with fun activities for young teens, these resorts will be a family favorite. Choose between a selection of self-catering cabins or half-board B&B’s. The Crystal Ski company also includes lift passes. Check out ice-fishing, sledging or rent mini snowmobiles for fun between slopes.
#4 Méribel Resort
Aside from having great beginner and intermediate slopes, there is a very large swimming pool complete with water slide, a rink for ice-skaters, a cinema for movie fanatics and a bowling alley. With the Meriski company, depending on the week and season you are booking, there is the option of free childcare. Their largest Chalet offers an outdoor hot tub, a terrace to sunbathe and a cinema room!
#5 La Plagne, Les Gets and Les Menuires
If you need accommodation for between 9 and 30 people, Ski Famille has the solution. Equipped with private nannies to provide all-day care for children starting at 4 months old and the option of an afternoon children’s club for the older ones, Ski Famille has everything covered. Check out the new Chalet Aigrette, it sleeps up to 17 and has a playroom, cinema room and a relaxing hot tub.
#6 France, Austria or Italy
Take your pick from the 10 different resorts Esprit Ski offers. There are plenty of clubs and classes for children under 12 and crèches for younger ones. A top Italian choice is Chalet Hotel Valverde, which not only caters to all ages but has more challenging slopes and activities such as heliskiing for experienced skiers when the children are at ski school. Espirit ski gives you 6 days ski school for the price of 5 and has child minding services.
#7 Switzerland, Italy or Austria
If you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime: including apartments with a “wellness area”, croissant delivery on a daily basis, a resident chef, and ski guiding for adults as standard, then try Powder Bryne. Notoriously upmarket, your whole family will love the luxurious yet family-friendly accommodation that Powder Bryne provides. First time skiing pre-school children can join the “Yeti Primer” programme at an additional cost.
#8 Val d’Isère, Courcheval, St Anton
Scott Dunn offer luxury chalets in France and Austria. You will not have to worry about transport with their driver service, or food as you will have your own private chef. Childcare is also included and there is a host to welcome you. Renovations have been completed at Eagle’s Nest, with room for 12 people to enjoy a hot tub, games room and bar. The price includes 9am to 5 pm games and activities to entertain children at the all-day Explorers club, with ski school pick up and drop off services available.
#9 The French Pyrenees on a Budget
Saint-Lary Soulan, Peyraguides, Cauterets and Le Gran Tourmalet are some of the places Erna Low offers. With resorts in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, you can find what you are looking for on a more moderate budget. With one family self-catering apartments, supermarkets and bakeries close by and on-site, you will love how easy Erna Low makes enjoying your family holiday.
#10 Morzine, Alpe d’Huez and More
Go with VIP Ski and choose from one of 67 chalets and 3 hotels in a variety of resorts in Switzerland, France and Austria. Complete with a nanny in the majority of resorts, and babycare given from just 12 weeks old, you will love the flexibility these resorts provide.
All that is left to do is browse, book and enjoy the ski holiday with your family. Take your camera so you can keep these memories forever. Happy skiing!