Top 10: The best ski areas for children
Updated: 3/10/16 9:24 AM
There are many ski areas – but those who go on a winter holiday with children already have very special demands on slopes and lifts. Here you will find ten children’s paradises in the snow.
Ski courses, free ski passes or playgrounds in the snow in many ski resorts offer a lot for youngsters on a skiing holiday. But where are there ideal learning conditions and also child-safe lifts? The online portal SnowTrex took a close look at the wide range for families and put together its ten favorites.
The Tyrolean ski swing has been on every leaderboard for years when it comes to family ski resorts. The ski areas around the towns of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis are hard to beat in terms of child friendliness. With attractions such as the Kinderschneealm, Bertas Kinderland, the Murmli Park, an Indian country, the Dinowald on the slopes, the Murmli trail or the children’s snowmobile course, children of all ages are entertained in a variety of ways.
2. Stubai Glacier
The BIG Family ski area above Neustift provides an all-round package for families with children of all ages. The main attraction is the BIG Family Ski Camp on the Stubai Glacier with a separate, lovingly designed children’s area, practice lifts, Miniland, a children’s restaurant and an indoor kindergarten in the Gamsgarten mountain station.
The ski swing in the Bernese Oberland rightly bears the Swiss seal of approval "Families welcome". The Skihäsliland is one of the best children’s practice areas in Switzerland with a flat practice and adventure area, magic carpets and an igloo village. There is also a family restaurant and a junior fun park in the popular ski area.
4. Zillertal Arena
The ski mascot FUNty greets the young skiers in the towns of Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Krimml and Forest-Königsleiten. The big yellow elephant is emblematic of the child-friendly ski areas in the valley, each with a there is a spacious area for beginners and children as well as our own guest kindergarten. The action highlight for the whole family is the Alpine Coaster Arena Coaster in Zell.
5. Schmittenhöhe Zell am See
TheSchmitten is the family mountain in Pinzgau (Austria). In the children’s ski area, the little ones learn to ski with dragon Schmidolin on magic carpets and in the dragon tunnel. For more experienced children, wave tracks and archways await in the dragon park. There are also safe chairlifts with child-friendly locking mechanisms. Family highlights are the XXL fun slope with a fun area and a ski movie route. There are also several award-winning children’s hotels in Zell.
The Hochoetz ski region in the Ötztal scores with comparatively low prices on the huts and a manageable ski area with 41 kilometers of slopes. For the little ones there is a children’s area, practice lifts, all-day childcare and indoor relaxation and play rooms. Highlights on the slopes are a special fun park for up-and-coming freestylers and a children’s course to get to know wild animals.
7. Almenwelt Lofer
The Skialm Lofer in the Salzburg Saalachtal has been awarded several times as the "most family-friendly ski area in Austria". The slopes with a total length of 46 km are extra wide and two children’s areas are waiting for children of all ages at the Loferer Almbahn. Child safety is a top priority thanks to the Schwarzeck family chairlift with automatically closing child bars and a completely traffic-free town center.
8. Arber in the Bavarian Forest
The ski area on the Großer Arber is the classic family ski area: not too big, well-manageable practice slopes with four conveyor belts and a particularly good price-performance ratio. In the ArBär Children’s Area, the bear mascot is at the children’s side and the family cross park is equally varied for parents and children.
9. Alpe di Siusi
The Alpe di Siusi is considered the most family-friendly ski area in South Tyrol. The lifts have child protection and several large children’s areas invite you to learn to ski in a playful way. In addition, the witch Nix is a cute guide for children in the ski area and gives safety tips. There are also several fun parks and timekeeping-stretch especially for children.
Practical for families are accommodations that are located directly on the slopes, just to take a break for an afternoon nap or to warm up. The French ski village of Valfréjus in the Maurienne valley is perfect for this, and is located directly at the ski area with a 65 km descent. In the baby club the little ones are looked after from 3 months to 3 years by the hour and in the international ski school Mice Club they also teach in English. Off-piste, there are many leisure activities such as an ice rink or a cool bob park with a 2 km toboggan run and floodlights.
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