To us, a family-friendly resort needs quiet slopes and reasonable prices. It needs to have easy access to the slopes and gentle slopes for beginners. Not only do they need to be kid-friendly, but offer something for every member of the family. With a variety of terrain to ski and activities to keep everyone in the family happy, we think these ski resorts are the best for families.
Best Ski Resorts for Families
Courchevel 1650 is a great option for families who want to to stay away from the crowds of Courchevel 1850 and enjoy more reasonable prices as well as less-crowded pistes. On top of that, 1650 offers a bit of something for everyone. There are a number of easy runs close to the village, one of which turns into a full-on sledging slope once the lifts have closed. The area also gets a lot of sun and has a number of wide, gentle slopes – ideal for beginners and intermediates. For the more advanced in your group, there is plenty of off-piste to explore as well as some challenging runs higher up.
If you have non-skiers in your family or would just prefer a day to rest your ski legs, the brand new Aquamotion has just opened this season right below 1650. It boasts a few different waterslides, a surfing pool, aquafitness classes, a spa, climbing wall, restaurant and more.
A fun day-adventure while out with the kids is Indiens run. Take Indiens piste down past the bottom of Signal chairlift, and as you’re winding around you’ll come to a teepee in the woods! Here the kids can practice shooting bows & arrows, have some hot chocolate (vin chaud for the parents!), get their face painted and even play some instruments. It’s good fun for the whole family.
For those in your group looking for some apres drinks or a good night out, 1650 won’t disappoint. With Le Bubble Bar being a great watering hole for seassonnaires and holiday-makers alike, live music at après usually keeps the crowds coming. La Boulotte serves up good food with a welcoming atmosphere and won’t disappoint for après music either. If you want to keep the party going later into the night, head to the Funky Fox for bands, DJs and reasonably priced beers.
La Tania is a good-value, family-friendly base to head out and explore the slopes of its nearby resorts, Courchevel and Méribel. It is a traffic-free mountain village which is easily accessible no matter where you are staying in resort. The magic carpet and nursery slope for small skiers are right in the center of town. After they improve a bit you can take the winding green run down from the gondola and for those a bit more advanced, the blue run Folyeres into La Tania is brilliant. For the advanced skiers in your family, there are some great tree runs and off-piste skiing area near Duo des Launches as well as a few black and red runs.
The tourist office often puts on evening activities for kids that may include some chocolate chaud! But you can always grab a bum board and slide down the piste after the skiers have gone or have a play on the playground in town. With a local creche right near the gondola station, it is convenient even to bring tiny tots with you and still get some time out skiing. If you’d prefer a nanny in your chalet there are a number of nanny services available. We can highly recommend T4 Nanny.
For the non-skiers in your family there are a number of trails to explore on snow shoes in the surrounding forest. And for those who want a bit of apres and nightlife, the local pub Le Ski Lodge and it’s sister bar & restaurant La Taiga both offer a lively atmosphere and often have bands on at night.
Villars is not a big bustling ski town, but rather a quaint village perfect for people who want to ski with their children. It is easy to access as it is close to Geneva airport, so no need to stress over a long transfer after you land in the airport. Villars has a number of beginner and intermediate slopes for young ones but there’s more to explore between the slopes, as well as up on the Diablerets glacier – making it a great resort for mixed ability groups. The non-skiers can easily meet the rest of the family for lunch – which is not something we can say about every resort!
There are a number of non-skiing activities available in Villars such as an ice-rink, snow shoeing, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley and more to keep everyone occupied during the week. For the kids, don’t miss out on the number of sledge runs in town. From a 2km sledge run from Col de Soud to Villars to a second at Frience and another at Cergnement – your little sledge enthusiasts will be kept busy!