Skip to main content

With first-rate ski schools, perfectly powdered pistes and exceptional après-ski, Europe’s ski resorts offer exciting and rewarding holidays amid some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Ski General  Ski Family

When to go

Europe’s mountains are generally open for skiing from the end of November through to mid April. Heading out early in the season can certainly reward you with more personal space on the slopes and often a good amount of snow, while later skiers will bask in milder temperatures.

Where to stay

Europe’s top resorts have no shortage of top-notch accommodation. First-timers may fancy the ease of a catered chalet, while luxury hotel stays mean facilities such as swimming pools are close at hand. Hostels can also make fun and affordable accommodation options.

Lessons and activities

Ski lessons are the fastest way to get confidently gliding down those inviting slopes. Fantastic ski schools can be found honing aspiring skiers skills from the peaks of France to the pistes of Austria. In the morning, highly qualified instructors guide through the basics, leaving afternoons free to pick up your poles and head out.

Europe’s Top Family Ski Resorts

Mayrhofen, Innsbruck: When Travelling to Innsbruck, Austria

Widely regarded to be one of Austria's most beautiful cities, Innsbruck is a charming place to explore, with cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings set against a stunning backdrop of mountains. 

So it's little wonder that skiers flock to Marrhofen every year. With 250km of piste covered with the local lift pass, skiers can enjoy nine local areas, including Neustift, Igls and Stubai Glacier, as well as fabulous local bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, in April, music lovers can watch a host of great bands and artists take to the stage at the unique Snowbombing Festival.  

Val d'Isère, Chambery: When Travelling to Grenoble, France

The chateau town of Chambery is the perfect place to go if you fancy avoiding the crowds. Located handily at the crossroads of the main Alpine valleys, this quiet Rhône-Alpes region town offers plenty of museums and cafes along its winding streets. 

Meanwhile, you'll find more than 300km of marked piste runs at the well renowned Val d'Isère ski resort, which combines a pleasingly traditional feel with the stylish setting of the 'Espace Killy' area, which hosted the World Skiing Championships in 2009. 

Chamrousse Resort, France: When Travelling to Grenoble, Frances

Novice skiers and families will enjoy France's Chamrousse resort, which provides a variety of runs for everyone. 

Boasting stunning views of Grenoble, Chamrousse is located in the Belledonne mountains and offers visitors unique self-catering apartments nestled between the trees. You'll find plenty of good value restaurants in the area too, as well as a selection of lively bars. 


Livigno, Italy: Flying to Milan, Lombardy Region

Known by locals as 'Little Tibet', Livigno rests on the tip of Northern Italy, where the weather is consistently several degrees colder than surrounding peaks, lending itself to a late winter or autumn family vacation to some of the finest ski slopes in the region.

Sharing a nickname with the famous Nepal mountain range is particularly fitting in Livigno's heavy snowfall record, while children and adults will enjoy the option for ski routes accepting of beginners through to more experienced mountain gliders.

Regular train connections are available from Milan, or alternatively you can drive from the airport in just over 3 and 1/2 hours.

Morillon: When Flying to Geneva, Switzerland

Reachable in just under an hour by car from Geneva, Morillon is a great destination for families looking to holiday among the renowned powder white snowlines of the Swiss-French border.

The family friendly nature of the charming village atmosphere of Morillon in the Haut-Giffre valley ensures a peaceful family getaway sprinkled with snow bound adventure. Nursery slopes and a wider ski area make this an affordable option when looking for over 265km of plentiful piste fun.

A traditional alpine village atmosphere provides a range of accommodation suitable for all the family, including holiday centres, chalets, apartments and quaint bed and breakfast resides.


Nassfeld, Austria: When Flying to Ljubljana, Slovenia

A short 1 1/2 hour trip from Ljubljana after flying in from Manchester Airport will see you land in Nassfeld, a jewel of Austrian ski resorts and a memorable family skiing holiday in waiting.

Around 110km of pistes provides ample routing for which to enjoy a family-friendly ski resort offering modern facilities such as cable cars and lifts with plenty of space for the children, before making their way to the specially designed children’s and ski school practising areas.

Award-winning hotels and daily activity programmes ensures everyone is catered for in this beacon of Austrian ski getaways.


Puy-St-Vincent, France: When Flying to Turin, Italy

Resting a mere 131km and less than two hours drive away from the business capital and cultural hub of northern Italy, Turin, Puy-St-Vincent represents a peaceful reside away from more club and nightlife oriented ski resorts in the southern French Alps.

Families with young children and teenagers will be welcomed into a ski destination which has the young at the forefront of it's facilities. Full family packages are available with local tour operators, allowing you to take advantage of child focused amenities ranging from a morning ski school and an all day creche.

Adults aren't forgotten either, with Puy-St-Vincent offering moonlit snowshoeing expeditions and a range of delicatessens, patisseries and restaurants suitable for the whole family.


Zermatt, Switzerland: When Flying to Geneva, Switzerland

Reachable from surrounding Geneva, Milan and Turin as destinations flyable from Manchester Airport, Zermatt is known for featuring highly on recommended family friendly ski holidays.

Ski lifts can reach the highest peaks such as Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 metres for the more adventurous in the party, although younger and less experienced riders will likely want to make use of pistes catering to all skill levels.

A healthy 360 km of ski routes are free to explore, with handily located restaurants next to many of the piste routes making sure everyone can re-hydrate and energise during a lengthy day of skiing.

Further Links