Accessing European skiing is surprisingly easy for families based in Asia with direct flights to Zurich from Hong Kong and Singapore, and short 90-minute transfers at the other end. We’ve got the scoop on the best European ski resorts that are super kid-friendly where the whole family can enjoy a hassle-free and fun holiday. Read on!
Lenzerheide is a Swiss resort with traditional charm and a huge ski area. Stay at the Priva Mountain Lodge, a collection of private apartments and chalets supported by hotel-style services, with a central bar and restaurant, spa, and indoor pool. Ski-in / ski-out convenience and a seamless lift link with neighboring Arosa give skiers exceptional options both on and off-piste. The popular resort of Gstaad has a huge variety of ski slopes so every level is covered! Stay at Le Grand Bellevue for 5-star ski fun complete with a cinema and plenty of kid perks! Davos - Klosters does not need an introduction due to it's global fame but families love it for its ski schools, Madrisa Land (adventure snow park), and plenty of runs for all ages. There is a lot of accommodation to choose from but one kid-friendly option worth noting is Waldhuus hotel. Flims and Laax are very popular with families offering. In Laax, kids love Europe's first Freestyle Academy. Zermatt is the King of Swiss resorts. Widely considered as the best ski resort in the world, Zermatt is accessed by a convenient train ride directly from Zurich airport in under 3.5 hours. The Mont Cervin Palace Hotel is THE place to stay, putting you right in the heart of the atmospheric village surrounded by ancient log cabins in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn. Offering you a selection of exceptional restaurants in their celebrated dine-around program, a wonderful spa, and old-world charm in spades, this is a hotel experience you’ll never forget.
Zurs is credited as the birthplace of modern-day skiing and the well-connected Arlberg Ski Area linking St Anton, St Christoph, Zurs, Lech, and Warth is a mecca for skiers of all abilities, including particularly excellent nursery slopes just a stone's throw from the hotels in Zurs. The 5-star Zurserhof is an iconic hotel with unrivaled facilities (it even offers an indoor tennis court!). Ski-in-ski-out convenience and a vast selection of wonderful mountain-side restaurants on your doorstep will ensure you soak up all the atmosphere in this unique Austrian destination.
Italy is a favorite option for families looking for a more affordable European ski holiday! It is known for its value and also for kid-friendly resort towns. Merano 2000 is a great family resort with amazing ski schools, professional childcare, kindergartens, snow parks, fun activities on and off the slopes, and skiing into Spring. It is ideal for families looking to put kids on the slope as young as 3! Josef Mountain Resort is a nice option for a stay here! Passo Tonale is another great option as it's less crowded than other nearby resorts, is good for first-time skiers and young learners, and has fun non-ski activities including a Snow Park, torch-lit snow walks, tobogganing, and more. It also has a lot of fabulous child-friendly restaurants in town. Want more ski options in the area? The Adamelo Ski Pass covers Passo Tonale, Ponte di Legno, Temù, and the Presana Glacier. This is a great option for those traveling from Asia as it is easy to access from Milan (less than a 2-hour drive)! A hotel option for families here is Sport Hotel Vittoria. For alpine charm and history, families love Badia, Alta Badia which is 2-hours from Innsbruck and part of the stunning Dolomiti Superski area. Be sure to check out their popular Christmas markets!
The French Alps are a real treat for all ages! Avoriaz is ideal for families looking for ski-in-, and ski-out ease as the whole resort caters to this option with its car-free (all sled) style. Village des Enfants offers nursery slopes while Riglet park is perfect for boarders. La Rosiere is a tiny ski resort but all lifts are within 1-minute away. Meribel is popular with British families and gives access to 3 key ski areas (Courchevel, La Tania, and Val Thorens). La Plagne brings in the most skiers and has 10 villages for families to select an accommodation in - making it popular with single families and groups.