Off-the-Radar Ski Resorts for Families

 

 

Taking the kids to the Alps for winter fun in the snow is no mean feat. Factors including location, room layout, ski access, tuition, non-ski activities and childcare must all be considered, and the whole process can sometimes seem rather daunting.

Price is a big factor, too, as families compare the pros and cons of hitting major resorts such as Courchevel, St Anton or Verbier over lesser-known ski hotspots where holiday money goes a little further.

Winter is here and parents are carefully deciding where to ski with the kids, so here’s a look into some off-the-radar resorts you might not have considered for your next family ski holiday.

Locations and altitudes vary, but these resorts have one key thing in common; parents with youngsters can book in-house childcare programmes to help make their time in the Alps special for all the family.

Gressoney

The Italian resort of Gressoney sits in the Monterosa ski area at an altitude of 1,640 metres, which means good snow coverage from December through to Easter. With lots of terrain suited to learners and intermediates — especially on the green and blue pistes around Stafal and Gabiet — it’s a great choice for families hitting the slopes.

The resort itself is very pretty indeed, so it feels like a real family treat. Roads are generally quiet and it’s very easy to explore on foot. On top of that, lift queues are typically short and the chairs and gondolas are swift. Gressoney is also a very quiet resort, with very little of the rowdy nightlife that can put parents off.

Where to stay

The chalet-hotel Valverde sits in a peaceful location away from the main road, with the resort centre only a 4-minute stroll away. Comfortable accommodation combined with full in-house childcare services make the Valverde a top choice for families looking to ski Italy this winter.

The gentle slopes of Gressoney in the Aosta Valley. Image courtesy of MariaCarla F on Flickr, under a Creative Commons license.

Reberty

Reberty is a peaceful little chalet-style hamlet nestled between Val Thorens and les Menuires in the Three Valleys ski area, in France. Here, it’s all about convenience!

The village boasts ideal location for simple ski access, spectacular valley views and high altitude for snow-sure skiing. There’s little by way of lively bars and clubs unless you travel over to the neighbouring resorts, to it’s a tranquil spot to be.

Up on the slopes, there are plenty of cruisy runs with gentle gradient ideal for learner and improver skiers. Lift-links are swift, too, and travelling across the Three Valleys ski area is a joy.

Where to stay

Chalet Katie I is located in Reberty Village, with beautiful views over the peaks and valleys. The property sits in a ski in/out location by a blue piste, so ski access is a breeze. Fully en suite bedrooms plus playroom for the kids make this a great accommodation option for families.

Valmorel

Constructed in the 1970’s with ease-of-access in mind, Valmorel is a purpose-built ski resort in France with slopes running up to 2,550m. Visitors enjoy largely traffic-free streets and doorstep skiing pretty much throughout the whole of the town.

Valmorel is home to a fantastic range of terrain ideally suited to learners and youngsters. Nursery slopes and gentle terrain can be found throughout the resort, making it an ideal place to master first turns in comfort. Après ski is low-key and the nightlife here is minimal, so it’s not noisy in the evenings.

Where to stay

The Club Med Valmorel sits in a ski in/out location at the base of the slopes, with beautiful views over the resort and peaks beyond. The amenities of resort centre are all within easy reach, and room layouts are flexible. The pricing includes all travel, food, accommodation, lift passes and childcare, and the value for money is excellent.

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