Christmas is coming and with it the sound of sleigh bells. In the mountains of Europe the first snowfalls are covering the wintry peaks. It is the start of the skiing season and people all over Europe are getting onto their computers to search for the best deals for a winter holiday in the snow. If you’re thinking about booking a skiing holiday but don’t know where to start looking we’ve got the information you need. Here is a list of the five best family friendly ski resorts in Europe.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the top ski destinations in Europe. There are 56km of pistes to explore with everything from professional competition trails to gentle slopes for beginners. What’s more the site has world-class facilities and a great ski school at a price that won’t break the bank.
Mayrhofen is a beautiful little village located at the base of the Zilleteral Valley, Austria’s top skiing destination. The village is conveniently located near to the local airport so transfer to the resort is quick and painless. There are two great beginners slopes for people who have never spent any time on skis, while the more experienced can explore the slopes of this beautiful valley to their hearts content.
Zell Am See, Austria
Another Austrian resort, Zell Am See is one of the few resorts in Europe able to offer visitors the opportunity to go skiing at any time of the year. So if you prefer the idea of skiing in August then this could well be the place for you. With 136km of pistes there is plenty for you to experience here year after year.
Switzerland is known to be expensive and a family holiday here will set you back quite a bit. On the plus side this resort has managed to avoid the hordes of tourists who clutter the slopes of much of Europe. As a result it is a great place for your children to learn the basics and start to feel comfortable on their skis.
Claviere is a cosy resort located on the border with France offering a superb year round skiing experience. Many of the pistes cross between the two countries making it a bit confusing to know what language you should be speaking. That said the resort also offers great family deals, such as cut price lift passes, which makes it ideal if you are trying to keep the costs down.