Sufficient with a recent snow dump and already lit up with fairy lights and twinkling chalet windows, the pretty family ski resorts dotted around the Alps are waxing their skis and warming up their boots for a season to remember.
Scandinavian skiing has been in full swing for some time – thanks to their longer winters – as Canadian and American resorts stoke fires and oil chairlifts in the same anticipation of a return to pre-pandemic levels. But where to take the little ones or teenagers? Some of the most alluring snowglobe resorts in the world just don’t cut the mustard with tiered broods.
Zermatt may have guaranteed snow with its cannons and Hans Anderson charm, but there are few ski-in ski-out options (if you’ve ever tried to dress the little ones in ski gear before throwing them in a transfer or collecting them with their ski clobber at the lifts, you will appreciate the insider tip). Likewise, Chamonix may have upped the ante on its slopes and family domains with the Mont Blanc Legend domain on Flégère, but the resort remains largely geared towards the serious skier, with steep and difficult runs (territory for teenagers) . In short, all the ingredients of a ski holiday change quite abruptly over the years: hotel and chalet options, mountain lunches, skiing in small groups, viable itineraries on a piste map… As in life, there is skiing before and there is skiing after children.
So, from the best kids’ slopes and ski schools to winter afternoons of family huskies, sleigh rides and ice skating, here’s our guide to the world’s best family ski resorts (which will make a real winter vacation).