Ready for a dream family ski trip to Europe? From bunny hills to world-class slopes, there are incredible destinations all around the continent that can give your family a winter to remember.
Let’s countdown the top destinations for your ultimate family ski trip to Europe.
Ultimate Family Ski Trip to Europe: Sainte-Foy Tarentaise, France
The thing we loved about Sainte-Foy Tarentaise, France, is that it’s so well set-up for families. All kids under seven years old get a free ski lift pass (with a paying adult). There are ski classes for children as young as three years old, so it’s a dream location for taking those first steps toward a lifelong love of skiing.
For those days, when you want to stay out longer than the kids, there is a daycare center right on the mountain for kids anywhere from three to 11 years old.
When it comes to finding the right accommodation for your family ski trip to Europe, we love the Hotel Le Monal. You can opt for a classic hotel experience or go for a chalet (which has all of the conveniences of a self-catering apartment plus a cleaner to deal with the dirty work!).
Did you know that France is home to one of the biggest amusement parks in the world? Beyond a dream destination for a family ski trip to Europe, France truly has something for anyone and everyone.
Perfect Winter European Break: Alpbach and Mayrhofen, Austria
Easily one of the most beautiful villages in Austria, Alpbach wow’s at every turn. Despite its beauty and being an insider fave with the British elite, the prices in Alpbach are incredibly affordable.
There is a children’s area for kids on a family ski trip looking to get their bearing, but, for a younger family, I’d recommend only a day or two before moving onto the bigger town of Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen has incredible activities for kids all year long, including waterparks, hiking programs, and walk-on-water balls. Once you have worked up an appetite, head over to the local cheese factory.
Sure to be the highlight of any family ski trip to Europe, the White Lounge igloo hotel is a destination in and of itself.
For the rest of your time in Austria, check out these impressive Kinderhotels.
Affordable Swiss Ski Resort for Families: Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Near the Italian border, you will find a dream Swiss ski resort that was made for families of all ages. With a beginners’ snowpark, nursery slopes, and a and kindergarten, this is a destination for snow angels as young as 18 months old.
While Switzerland is known for its expensive ski resorts, Saas-Fee offers resorts a more affordable alternative. With kids under nine years old getting free ski passes, this is one place that won’t break the bank.
One of the greatest bonuses of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, is that it’s perfect for skiers and non-skiers alike. The whole family can enjoy ice skating, tobogganing, a climbing wall, gondolas, and an underground funicular up to gorgeous views.
Lovely affordable spots like Hotel Alpha have family rooms that will keep in you in the heart of all the action.
For Upper Beginners to Advanced Skiers: Cervinia, Italy
In the heart of the largest ski areas in the Alps, Cervinia is home to some of the highest ski resorts in Europe. With its size comes a great variety, so it is one of the top picks for a family ski trip to Europe. Send the kids onto the bunny hill while you explore the range of blue and red ski slopes. If your kids are a bit past the nursery slopes, look no further. This is one of the premier ski resorts in Europe for intermediate to advanced skiers.
For kids aged two to 12, you will find a fun ski kindergarten (just book early during peak season!). There are also great activities off the slopes like snow biking, tubing, snowshoeing, and more. For the most experienced skiers of the family, there is also an easy option to link over the nearby area of Zermatt in Switzerland.
One cute little inn that the whole family is sure to love in Cervinia, Italy, is the Le Samovar Guest House. This centrally located spot is great for families and offers a babysitting service for younger ones who don’t want to spend all day on the slopes.
Flying to Europe with Kids
If you have younger kids, a European ski break is still within reach! All of you need is a bit of smart planning to turn a fussy kid into one cool customer.
Before you go, read these insider tips on keeping kids of all ages happy during a flight.