Best Ski Resorts in the World for Family Skiing

St. Anton am Arlberg is the best Tyrolean family ski resort in Austria. Skiing at St Anton is vast, with peaks that reach 9,222′ and 4,944′ vertical served by 41 modern lifts, there’s plenty of terrain for a ski week, or a season. St Anton has excellent ski school for kids, plus great on mountain chalets and après ski for parents. St Anton village is historical and charming with great restaurants, a ski museum, and top ski hotels like the family owned and operated Bergschlossl. St Anton is the birth place of alpine skiing, a very cool place to take your kids on ski holiday.

Lech Zurs, near St Anton, is another huge Austrian ski resort with loads of family-friendly terrain on both sides of the beautiful valley, eight peaks over 8,000′, extensive ski school and fine hotel lodging like Hotel der Berghof which is walking distance to Lech’s ski lifts. Oberlech is another family friendly ski village up on the slopes. The Ski Arlberg ticket extends from St Anton to Lech Zurs and Warth Schroken for a total of 94 lifts and 340 kilometers.

SwitzerlandSaas Fee Switzerland is not as famous as nearby Zermatt but its highly scenic, high elevation and high on our list for family skiing. The car-free village of Saas Fee is charming, and the ski slopes are surrounded by gorgeous glaciers. Kids will love the legend of the mountain fairies and the glacier tunnel. Parents will like discovering a new Swiss ski destination that less busy and less expensive than Zermatt.

Courchevel France – part of Les Trois Vallées Ski Region, is a beautiful family ski resort – and with Val Thorens and Méribel on the same ticket, all connected, you have 600 kilometers of skiing in 8 ski areas.

Val Gardena in the Dolomites is historic, highly scenic, and heaven for a family ski holiday. Part of the extensive Italian Dolomites, with 1,200 kilometers of skiing in 12 regions, you can reach all this terrain from the beautiful ski village Val Gardena including beginner terrain at Sieser Alm. Staying in the charming village of Ortisei, at the grand 1810 castle, the family-friendly Hotel Adler, in Val Gardena is perfect for an Italian family ski holiday. Après ski walk the charming village or soak at the Hotel’s Water World outdoor pools and hot tubs.

Steamboat Colorado is a frontier cowboy town ideal for ski families. Steamboat’s ski terrain is extensive, 3,000 acres, with mostly gentle pitch and plenty of pretty aspen glades. Bountiful Colorado snow and sun are and great kids programs are Steamboat trademarks. The on-mountain accommodations are aplenty including the Steamboat Grand. Steamboat’s Village at the mountain has everything steps away, while the downtown frontier town of Steamboat Springs, just a short drive, is authentic western and wild. Take the family to Strawberry Park Hot Springs for après ski. Let the kids ski with Billy Kid, and race NASTAR in this Ski Town USA – home to the most US Olympic skiers and riders.

VailVail is the first and foremost Rocky Mountain ski resorts (circa 1962). With 5,200-acres, Vail makes the top ten ski resort list easily. Golden Peak at Vail is the family ski hub, with A Small World Play School, and Vail ski and snowboard lessons just above the center of Vail Village. Stay in the authentic Lodge at Vail, the original that opened the same year 1962 above Bridge Street in the European village. Or stay at the newer them park looking Lions Head, home to upscale lodging at the Ritz and Arrabelle. For Vail nightlife (family-style), look for the weekly free concert block parties at 6pm. On the mountain, look for Vail’s Kids Adventure Zones.

Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen ski mountains in Colorado. Skiing the Big Burn at Snowmass will make everyone in the family feel like the fire that fuels us. Snowmass is Colorado’s second largest ski resort at 3,362-acres. With ski in ski out lodging at Snowmass Village in the posh Viceroy Hotel, you will love the outdoor pool and fire pits après ski. Snowmass’ state of the art Tree House child care center offers kids learning to ski and ride. Your Aspen lift tickets also includes skiing Aspen Highlands and Ajax in downtown Aspen, plus at Aspen’s Buttermilk where the trendy Winter X-Games go off each January. Take a day or afternoon off the slopes to explore the chic ski town of Aspen during your Colorado family ski holiday.

Lake Louise in Banff National Park is the biggest in Alberta, and the most beautiful of Canadian ski resorts. You have 4,200-acres of ski terrain on three sides -truly something for everyone in the family from The Front Face, The Back Bowls and Larch. Stay at the world famous Chateau Lake Louise – veritable castle on a glacial lake, or lodge at the cozier but equally upscale Post Hotel. You can also skiing at nearby Sunshine Village Ski Resort, and take a day to dog sled or tour for elk and caribou in this Canadian winter wonderland.

TremblantTremblant Ski Resort is like Disney World on snow, in Quebec. Tremblant’s ski slopes flank three sides of wide scenic trails, glades, and a few steeps with splendid views of Lake Tremblant and the Laurentians. Ski school at Tremblant is par excellence. The French base village is very animated and amusing, and family friendly. Aqua Club La Source is a kids après ski heaven, an indoor themed water park with slides, splash pool, waves and rope swings in the heart of the village. Parents will love Tremblant’s joie de après ski bars, evening childcare might be in order.

Stowe is New England’s most beautiful ski resort, and a fantastic destination for a Vermont ski holiday – nicknamed The Ski Capital of the East. Stowe has diverse terrain from serious steeps and scenic cruisers on Mansfield to tame family friendly terrain on Spruce. The stunning new Spruce Peak Village and The Stowe Mountain Lodge are ideal for families with 5-star lodging, ski concierge steps from the ski slopes, a pool and spa, theatre, outdoor ice rink and kids camps. Explore the classic Vermont ski town of Stowe just down the road for shopping après ski.