Taking your family to the slopes can be a daunting prospect but nearly all families who make the effort to take their children to the snow, come home feeling brilliant about their experiences. Yes, it is hard work and it can be expensive but you are left with a life time of memories.
Choosing the right resort is where people usually struggle and here are just a few suggestions from us at the Ski Club of Great Britain of where you should look:
Switzerland: Wengen and Saas Fee
France: Vaujany/Alpe d’Huez and Les Gets
Italy: Champoluc and Claviere
Austria: Stubai, Zauchensee and Lech
And if you can face the journey to the States, Smugglers Notch on the East Coast and Snowmass in Colorado are great. Also consider the inner British Columbia resorts of Silver Star and Big White for a real Canadian experience.
It can be fun to be in a resort with your family when there is an event taking place, such as the Ski Club’s Luttman Johnson restaurant race:
Take a look at this photo from last month. Everyone had a great time, most in fancy dress and all are under the stunning gaze of the Matterhorn mountain. Crystal Ski also run the Crystal Ski Fest with big sporting names Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent supporting the event in Sestriere, Italy. Again a fun event with racing, instruction on hand from top BASI (British trained) instructors.
These events are better if your children are a little bit older and definitely worth thinking about if, as a family, you can all ski and want a focus to your holiday.
Timing is crucial too. If you are stuck to the February half term, choose a resort that is less well known. The Italians do not take a half term break so that is a country to consider at that otherwise peak week. I was in Claviere, just over an hour from Turin, during half term a couple of weeks ago and the pistes were near deserted. The neighbouring French resort of Montgenèvre had wide open pistes ideal for children to get their confidence on too, no people and no lift queues – perfect for a family holiday.
The Easter holidays often have fantastic snow conditions, long sunny days and more quiet slopes than the busy half term week. This year Easter is super late (24th April) so there is still time to book your family on a ski holiday. There are some fantastic discounts availabe for the April weeks too, so do take a look at the deals on the lastminute.com website.
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