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The Best Luxury Ski Resorts For Families in Europe.

This article is all about the best luxury ski resorts for families in Europe. The winter ski resorts of Europe's Alps are absolutely legendary, not only for their superb skiing, mostly for the postcard Alpine villages and celebrity-studded resorts at their bases. In the mountains of France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, you'll find some of the best ski resorts in the world. In this article you will find the best ski resorts for families according to Travel WorldClass.

THE BEST FAMILY SKI RESORTS

It’s no wonder active, adventurous and ambitious parents like the idea of a family skiing trip. Magnificent scenery, whizzy slopes, physical-piece exercise, a bit of grit: for many, it’s the perfect combination of challenge and adventure for the whole family. But even the most diehard downhillers will definitely admit it also takes a lot of (energy) effort. So don’t make the job any tougher. Here, we’ve picked the best luxury travel ski resorts that can help lighten the workload.

Oh, and what about being fashionable on the slopes? We have the ultimate stylish ski collection for you as well.

BEST FAMILY HOTELS

COURCHEVEL - FRANCE

Courchevel is also well-known as the St. Tropez of the Alps. Classy chalets, groomed pistes, and fine-dining restaurants flashing more Michelin stars than Fendi logos on the Bambi beginners. Perhaps this doesn’t sound like your archetypal family holiday spot. Nonetheless, amid the oligarch diamante, the lobster lunches and altiport fanfare is a returning tribe of families who relish the veiny map of vast Trois Vallées ski runs for all levels.

In recent years, Courchevel has added two extraordinary pieces of family-friendly infrastructure. First came Aquamotion — a €63 million spa and indoor water park, which includes lots of water slides, indoor surfing, a climbing wall and every conceivable kind of pool.

Second, Moriond Racing turbo-charged the local well-known tobogganing scene with a 1.8-mile luge track of tunnels, banked turns and weaving, marvelous interconnected tracks that will leave you helpless with laughter (or possibly buried in a snowdrift, but hey, you’re on holiday).

BEST HOTELS IN COURCHEVEL

SERFAUS - AUSTRIA

Serfaus is best for a tailormade beginner area and child-friendly hotels. Perched on a sunny balcony of snow, and linked to the neighbouring resorts of Fiss and Ladis, it bends over backwards to make young families welcome. The village itself is very convenient due to its’ traffic-free area and served by an underground railway — and is home to several child-friendly hotels.

A Tyrolean winter wonderland welcomes families to 212km of doorstep skiing featuring mixed ability terrain and one of the best children’s ski areas in the Alps.

The Hotel Bärolina is the star of the show, offering not just kids’ clubs and swimming pools but a 96m waterslide, a climbing wall, and five-storey soft-play tower.

In conclusion; Serfaus Fiss Ladis is ideal for families, given its huge network of blue and red trails served by modern efficient, high capacity lifts, six to eight passenger chairs, and gondolas. The ski school is multi-lingual with high-valued kids programs, in fact the resort resembles Disney on snow with fun parks and a lot of animated trails – a Bear Cave, Dino Forest and Indian village – to entertain children learning to ski. Mascots Murmli the marmot and Berta the Cow are everywhere to welcome the little ones.

A hotel we definitely recommend for families and laidback luxury is Hotel Fisserhof in Fiss, and here you read why in our hotel review article. More hotels in the area can be found here.

BEST HOTELS IN SERFAUS-FISS-LADIS

ST. MORITZ - SWITZERLAND

Famous for its luxury hotels, St Moritz is situated in the heart of the Engadine Valley close to the Italian border, and is probably one of the best-known ski resorts in the world. Its sparkling-sunny dry climate is famous and gives St Moritz over 300 sunshine days a year. Not only is St Moritz known as the birthplace of winter tourism and modern Alpine sports, it is also the only town in Switzerland to have hosted the Winter Olympics twice.

The skiing in St Moritz is varied, if slightly disjointed, and is spread out over three separate ski areas which offer extensive options for all levels of skier including expert. Perfect for a family ski holiday and on the mountain you can treat yourself to any of a number of fantastic meals, from relaxed family restaurants to deluxe bistros. The latter, of course, will help with adding that final touch of extravagance to your luxury ski holiday.

The town’s extensive collection of 5-star hotels (the highest concentration of 5-star hotels in Switzerland) offer a lot of great options for you to enjoy your stay in this most glamorous ski resort.

BEST HOTELS IN ST. MORITZ

VAL GARDENA - ITALY

Connected to some of the most extensive skiing in the world through access to the Dolomiti Superski area, Val Gardena ski resort is considered as one of the best luxury ski resorts for families in Europe. Val Gardena ski resort is located in a valley in the South Tyrol area of the Italian Dolomites and is home to three mountain villages; Selva Gardena, S. Cristina and Ortisei.

In the east part of the area you will find, the pine-covered, rocky Alta Badia valley has an ancient Ladin culture and serious locavore food, from centuries-old agriturismos to the three-Michelin-starred St Hubertus.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice skier, the Dolomites cater to all skill levels. Delve into the intricate network of pistes in Alta Badia and Val Gardena, offering a variety of terrains and challenges. Uncover the thrill of skiing in renowned destinations like Cortina, Zermatt, and St. Moritz, each promising a unique and unforgettable experience.

BEST HOTELS IN VAL GARDENA

KITZBÜHEL - AUSTRIA

Kitzbühel has long made a name for itself as the most legendary sports city in the Alps among the big and small. With that said, the region is also a true paradise for the whole family. Nature and mountains offer lots of fun and adventure for children of all ages.

With its medieval centre of frescoes and pastel townhouses, Kitzbühel would give Zermatt and Lech a run for their money in any Alpine beauty and luxury contest. A rich history, which takes in Ian Fleming and the terrifying Hahnenkamm ski race, makes Kitzbühel feel a bit like an Austrian St Moritz.

BEST HOTELS IN KITZBÜHEL

MEGÈVE - FRANCE

With just over an hour’s transfer from Geneva, Megève’s car-free cobbled streets, stunning views of Mont Blanc and multi-level pistes are a breeze to reach. There are a lot of stunning boutique hotels in Megève – France as well.

Founded as a luxury ski resort for families, it has a bid to replicate St Moritz’s charm vibe in a French setting. This resort has been considered as one of the most beautiful playgrounds for all seasons.

Megève is known for its protection of history, tradition & authenticity, characteristics which in many French ski resorts has been laid to waste. The charmy, lively village is connected to St Gervais les Bains, via a huge network of lifts & mainly beginner-intermediate ski trails with a quadricep-melting local skiable vertical of over 1,450m.

 

BEST HOTELS IN MEGÈVE

PRADOLLANO - SPAIN

Europe’s southernmost ski resort, in the famous Sierra Nevada mountains of Granada, which has surprisingly snow-sure slopes. The best thing about a few days skiing here is coming down the mountain and heading for somewhere entirely different. It takes 40 minutes or so to drive to Granada, where the great Moorish Alhambra palace is about as far from Alpine style as it gets; it’s barely an hour south to Motril, with its Costa Tropical beaches; and two hours in either direction to the new creative buzz of Málaga or the old Spaghetti Western sets around Almería.

There are 110km of pistes with a variety of lifts. For beginner skiing and children it’s great. Some routes are specially for children: Pista del Bosque (woodland slope) and Pista del Mar (Sealife slope) have animals and sea creatures encourage little ones along the way.

For intermediate skiers it ticks many boxes, too, with red runs aplenty to keep you in form during a day or two’s skiing. For those who love off-piste though the options are more limited, although this does depend on snowfall during the season.

BEST HOTELS IN PRADOLLANO

GSTAAD - SWITZERLAND

Talking about the best luxury ski resorts for families, Gstaad in Switzerland cannot be missed. This resort is famous because of Julie Andrews and Roger Moore. They are among a roster of stars to have fallen for Gstaad’s time-warp charms (think traditional Swiss chalets and typical luxury chocolate shops). And with its snow-sure Glacier 3000 and 200km of slopes to explore, the skiing’s rather good too.

With that said, its a great ski resort for beginners and intermediates – seasoned skiers after more of a challenge can try the 45-degree gradient Tiger Run on the Wasserngrat. Gstaad’s winter sports pedigree needs little introduction – cross country, snowshoeing and snow hiking remain almost as popular as the skiing.

It’s this curious combination of old-world glamour and Alpine farm rhythms that lends Gstaad its distinct character, as the mix of unpretentious restaurants such as Le Petit Chalet and Gstaad Palace’s legendary GreenGo disco, with its retractable dance floor and eye wateringly expensive drinks attests.

BEST HOTELS IN GSTAAD

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