Oct 20, 2017
The world’s top luxury ski resorts are designed with families in mind, offering everything from ski programmes tailored for young skiers, to fun add-ons such as tents in rooms and activities such as stargazing. Here’s what’s available and where to stay.
Aspen Snowmass, USA
Aspen Snowmass is a four-mountain resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains that is home to a 2,300 sq m Treehouse Kids Adventure Center with Colorado-themed playrooms. There’s a ‘kids ski free’ deal, and Ullr Nights – named after the Norse God of Snow, are held every Friday during peak season. Families can head to Elk Camp at the top of the mountain for ice skating and fireside hot chocolate. The new Limelight Hotel Snowmass is geared to families, with ski-in ski-out access and a huge climbing wall.
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Beaver Creek Mountain, USA
For something a little more low-key, Beaver Creek Mountain is a three-village ski resort offering a high level of hospitality. Tired skiers, for example, are served warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the mountain base daily. There’s a Loves Teens Too programme for 13- to 17-year-olds, featuring twilight snowshoe and pizza parties. Ski School Ambassadors are on-hand to recommend trails, supply sunscreen and carry skis. Similarly, The Osprey at Beaver Creek has ski valets to accompany children to ski school.
Val d’Isere, France
In the French Alps near the Italian border, Val d’Isere has a ‘Family Plus’ label that ranks a resort’s facilities according to how family-friendly they are. Points are awarded for personalised welcomes, entertainment for all ages and professional pampering. Look out for the new ‘ski taster’ programme at Progression Ski & Snowboard School, which caters to kids who are not ready for formal lessons. And there’s a supervised kid’s club (above) at the five-star Les Barmes de l’Ours Hotel and Spa with a pool table, pinball machine and loads of games.