Winter is a perfect season to spend time with your family and going on a vacation is even better. There is something magical about snow that connects people. It may be that idealistic picture we all have in mind with family gathered in front of the fireplace and drinking hot cocoa.
But winter also carries that fairytale vibe we all like and even the grumpiest persons can’t deny. However, getting that true winter vacations with your family depends on the destination as well. Therefore, here are top picks that will truly allow you to have a marvellous time and amazing fun as a family.
Austria is the epitome of skiing for many and its mountains are one of the most beautiful in the world. So it comes as no surprise that it has a well-developed winter vacations season perfect for families. One of such places is Alpbach perfect for novices and offers an authentic Austrian atmosphere in the village.
Saalbach is a ski resort 90-minute drive from Salzburg and with the state of the art gondolas for 10 people. The village offers traditional cafés, boutiques and four-star hotels where the visitors will find everything they need during their stay.
On the other hand, Obergurgl is an ideal destination for families especially if you have young children. With 1930m height, this village offers a family-friendly ambience and traditional hotels. The main drawback may be a small ski area although it is perfect for those looking for a more relaxing and less action-packed holiday.
2. United States of America
The United States of America is a big country with various offers for the families, including the ones regarding winter vacations. Winter Park in Colorado is two and a half hours from Denver and offers a more relaxed environment that others in the same vicinity. A family vacation is a priority here so children can try one of the many kid-friendly terrains.
Sun Valley in Idaho is another perfect family resort with a snow sports school where children will learn snowboarding as well. There are even lessons for kids under 4 called MiniCubs and friendly staff will make sure that your kids have everything they need.
Whistler Mountain in British Columbia is a great destination for all types of skiers, including families with children. A separate family zone and several children areas in the resort like Children’s Adventure Park and Tree Forts are one of the most visited locations. If you have big kids, they will certainly have a great fun going on the zip line flight over the Whistler Mountains and you can join them as well.
Although Australia is the most famous for its beaches and turquoise waters, it also has an impressive number of ski resorts. Mt Buller is one of those destinations with spectacular scenery and various ski tracks for anyone’s skill set. The Bourke Street is a beginners slope and perfect for kids, although it tends to be a bit crowded during the season.
Mount Hotham is not as crowded as other ski resorts and so it’s perfect for families that look for some quiet time. It offers many dining options and amazing lodgings that go all the way up in the mountains. Kid’s ski area is a little bit far from the resort but that doesn’t stop families from skiing here and having fun.
Perisher offers a wide range of ski tracks that will keep any type of skier happy, even the children and novices. It also offers a lot of entertainment off the slopes in case of poor snow or when you want to take a day off from skiing. There is also a number of festivals that might be fun to see so plan your visit with regard to that.
Japan is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the world. Companies like Liquid Snow Tours have offered perfect arrangements for skiing in the Land of the Rising Sun for anyone’s taste and preferences. And of course, families with children are more than welcomed to try some of the interesting skiing destinations in this country.
Kiroro Snow World is located on the western slopes of Asaridake and has been opened since 1991. This is the area with the most snow during the season and thus it’s equipped with ski school, snow park and powdery slopes perfect for kids.
Hakuba Valley is situated in the Japanese Alps and has 11 ski resorts and great snowfall. The resorts here like Happo One offer ski lessons for children and a variety of food choices for anyone’s taste. The area has ski tracks specifically designed for children as well as paths so the families can go for a walk in the snowy nature.
France is full of good family ski resorts that will make the parents and children happy. Avoriaz is one of those destinations with the capacity to take over 16,000 visitors. This is a car-free environment and is the host of the Village des Enfants, a ski schools for teens and younger children which teaches through play. This is also a childcare center where you can leave your kids to play, have lunch and make friends.
Unlike Avoriaz traditional ambience, La Plagne is an 11-resort center with modern architecture and offering a wide range of ski tracks. There is even an artificial frozen waterfall for those who want to try ice climbing.
Megève is among the oldest resorts in the Alps and is characterized with village design and cobbled-stone streets. It has a very high standard of childcare and so it’s especially popular with families looking for a peaceful winter vacation. The skiing is available for beginners and intermediate skiers with a calming atmosphere of the surrounding slopes.
Choose the perfect one from the wide range of winter vacations to have with your family that fit your budget and plans. While some resorts offer around the clock entertainment, others are peaceful and calm. After all, you and your kids will have some family time together so it’s important to make it the best one.