The Best Ski Resorts for Families in Europe for 2014
Martin Rouse from Ski + Trek, a premium independent ski wear retailer, has given us his views of the best ski resorts for families in Europe this season. Ski + Trek offer a range of quality all-weather ski clothing from a range of leading sportswear manufacturers.
With the ski season well under way, many families across the country will be planning their next trip to the slopes.
This season, winter ski enthusiasts will get to enjoy the grand spectacle that is the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. With young skiers and snowboarders sure to be inspired by those competing at the Games, family ski trips will be popular among many youngsters this winter.
Whether you’re heading away during the Christmas holidays or planning to travel in the New Year, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts across Europe to choose from. We’re giving you a taste of the choices available in a brief guide to the best ski resorts for families in Europe for 2014.
One of Austria’s most famous ski resorts, Obergurgl sits at the eastern end of the picturesque Ötz Valley in the Austrian Alps. The traditional Tyrolean village centre is set around a church and benefits from having no through traffic at all, making it that little bit safer.
The resort has a very family – friendly feel and features a children’s kindergarten ski area and ski-school, giving youngsters the chance to develop their skills before moving onto the wider open slopes of the resort’s blue runs.
For those of you who want to take in spectacular views of the valley, the stunning glass-top Mountain Star restaurant sits at 3,080m and definitely won’t disappoint.
Described by some as the ‘secret jewel of the Alps’, Sainte Foy is often overshadowed by the nearby resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère. Popular with British and Dutch families, the resort features an impressive fenced – off nursery slope next to the village and beginners have plenty of space on the green runs to hone their skills.
The childcare facilities include the P’tits Trappeurs nursery, which looks after children aged 3 to 11 and the Cub Club, which holds party nights and kids’ discos on a regular basis.
Whilst the pistes are limited compared to the bigger resorts nearby, the off piste is known as the main attraction for many visitors. The area can be explored with a guide and there are special zones that are avalanche-controlled.
An attractive village set in the heart of Tirol, Alpbach has a great family atmosphere. Great ski kindergartens and nursery slopes in the centre of the village add to the family-friendly nature of the resort.
Families with children up to the age of 15 can benefit from a free ski pass during special winter family weeks and there is an active kids club to keep them entertained when they aren’t skiing. With excellent ski schools and a kid’s centre in place, families are able to take advantage of all the childcare facilities they will need.
Selva Val Gardena
One of the best-known resorts in the stunning Dolomites of north eastern Italy, Selva enjoys a great combination of Italian and Austrian traditions and you can expect a warm welcome.
The resort features a ski tour route specifically designed for children, with great ski play areas and several obstacle courses. The childcare facilities are excellent, with several nursery slopes located close to hotels, and children under 8 get a free lift pass for each adult lift pass purchased.
There is a high standard of piste preparation and an extensive snowmaking system guarantees quality runs. There are also plenty of great restaurants and mountain huts to spend time in as a family, whilst the breathtaking scenery is a joy to behold.
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