Top Swiss Ski Resorts for Families

Skiing in Switzerland is legendary – rightly so. Dramatic Alps serve as you ski slopes, charming chalets serve mountainside lunches with to die for views, and beautiful alpine villages await you at ski days’ end. For a perfect family ski holiday in Switzerland, you want convenient authentic lodging – steps to the nearest ski lift, plenty of ski trails for everyone in your family, modern lifts, magnificent scenery, ski schools, and things to do après ski like sledding (called rodeling), touring igloos and evening entertainment. Here are top Swiss ski resorts for family skiing, among the Top Ski Resorts in the World.

Anzère is a nice sized ski resort in the Valais, on the north side of the Rhône River. Anzère is ideal for families, with fun long scenic trails, and phenomenal views from its south-facing slopes up to 8,000′ of the Swiss Alps. A well-designed village at Anzere’s one base area is family friendly and has everything you need. Nearby Crans Montana is bigger, a bit more pricy and chic, and more sprawling, high elevation, with several base areas.

Saas-Fee Switzerland is not as well-known 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, parents will like discovering a new Swiss ski destination.

Wengen Switzerland’s Jungfrau is an immense ski region encompassing three ski areas and four villages. The Swiss Alps of The Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger are arguably the most spectacular mountains in the world. We loved staying in Wengen, the car free village famed for hosting the World Cup each January. Ski all three regions from the family friendly sunny Grindelwald-Frist (home of the world’s longest sled run -15 kilometers), to Wengen’s long Lauberhorn ski race arena, to the highest summit – the Schilthorn Piz Gloria made famous by the James Bond 007 movie.

Zermatt is best known for The Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world at 14,693-feet, but Zermatt is also an immense ski region for families – once everyone is skiing well. Zermatt offers the highest skiing in the Alps at 12,791-feet, with 54 ski lifts accessing 350 kilometers of prepared slopes. Trains, trams and gondolas bring you to beautiful scenery, great snow, charming chalets, you can even ski to Italy for lunch in Cervinia. Zermatt village is car-free but bustling with ski hotels, shops and Swiss restaurants, and many tourists who don’t ski ironically.

Laax is a big ski arena in eastern Switzerland, with three villages: Laax, Flims and Falera, popular with families for its vast, moderately pitched terrain, big snow parks, glacier skiing, and plethora of on mountain chalets. Laax is  between Andermatt  and Davos KlostersSt Moritz.

We highly recommend smaller ski areas for younger families – go to Brigels and Obersaxen in Surselva, Savognin and Bivio.

Arosa Lenzerheide is beautiful, from the Rothorn you can see 1001 Alps, and offers skiers several unique aspects from the sunny wide slopes of Arosa, to steeper Rothorn, and Lenzerhiede’s west facing trails with lots of trails.

Engelberg Switzerland is heavenly, Angel Mountain, for skiing families. Just over an hour from Zurich, this lesser known but beautiful ski valley has two mountains – the sunny family friendly ski slopes at Brunni and the high elevation Titlis Glacier, with stunning scenery, a long ski season and legendary Big 5 off-piste ski runs for experts with a guide. Engelberg village is classic Swiss with full service hotels, an 1120 Monastery, Church and cheese making store.

Aletsch Arena is three Swiss ski villages, Riederalp, Bettmeralp, and Fiescheralp, all interconnected with great ski lifts and trails – making it ideal for a family ski vacation. You won’t run out of terrain, the ski school at Riederalp is excellent, and the car free mountain villages make your après ski restful and more scenic. The views of Aletsch Glacier, the largest in Europe, from the Eggishorn summit, is extraordinary.

St Moritz is legendary for historic skiing, and a well-heeled clientele. The skiing at St Moritz is spread across 4 ski areas – Corviglia – the main mountain, plus Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Lagalb. There’s so much to ski and do, plus sledding, skating and Nordic on Lake St Moritz, with a lively posh ski village. You are near Davos Klosters, and the smaller ski area of Bivio as well.

Portes Du Soleil is a vast ski region, with spectacular scenery, charming ski villages and tons of ski terrain to explore – cross country Switzerland to France. Families will love the views, the chalets for ski to lunches, and the exceptional ski schools in this ski region between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

Les 4 Vallees is huge, the 5th largest skiing in the world. This Swiss ski region is also high elevation, up to 3300meters atop Mont Fort. A family ski trip to Les 4 Vallees is best when everyone is an experienced skier, given its steepness, altitude, and vast terrain – you can ski for miles, literally four valleys and six interconnected ski regions and towns. You can stay in famous Verbier a very chic ski village, or the quieter Thyon at Hotel La Cambuse for a more tranquil family ski holiday. From here you are near many others smaller Swiss ski resorts, plus Anzere and Crans Montana.

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