If the temperature drop has you dreaming of après fondues and cosy chalets, a family ski holiday to child-friendly resorts in Andorra, Finland and Slovakia could be on the cards for your winter break.
As ski season approaches, winter sports enthusiasts are gearing up to return to freshly powdered pistes and frosted festive wonderlands – and there’s no need to leave the kids at home.
The keenest skiers start early, so family-favourite ski spots with gentle terrain, wide nursery runs and patient ski schools can be ideal for little legs to get the hang of the slopes their first few times around.
While skiing in the school holidays can be a pricey pursuit, a late-season February half-term package can ferry the whole family to kid-centric resorts from Italy’s Abruzzo to Les Contamines in France without breaking the bank.
Here are the family-friendly winter destinations that toddlers, teens and in-betweens will love to inspire your next ski holiday with the whole clan.
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Les Contamines, France
Best for: Budget breaks
At the foot of Mont Blanc, Les Contamines is a quiet and traditional resort with 120km of varied slopes above 1,200m altitude, suitable for all abilities of skier. Families will particularly enjoy the dedicated beginner’s areas and cruisy blues of the Loyers and Nivorin slopes in the heart of the village – often open for torchlight descents during the school holidays – Ludopark fun runs and evening snowshoe outings followed by rich fondues in traditional Mongolian yurts.
How to ski in Les Contamines
With Action Outdoors, families can spend seven nights at the Les Contamines UCPA centre on a “Family Half Time Ski” package for £760pp (kids under two go free). A Les Contamines lift pass, 12 hours of ski instruction, skis, boots and shared airport transfers are included in the cost. An indoor climbing wall, games room and in-house spa promise to entertain youngsters while complimentary packed lunches save families from splashing out at piste-side restaurants. Departs 30 December 2023.
Return flights from London Stansted to Geneva Airport from £71 with easyJet in December.