There are many factors to consider when choosing a ski resort for your family’s winter holiday. With so many options out there how do you narrow it down? The best thing to do is to consider your children’s interests. After all, happy, occupied children generally make for relaxed and happy parents!
Fortunately, the trip need not break the bank. Affordable ski travel insurance and self-catered chalets are great ways to keep the costs in check. Here are my favourite top 3 family holiday destinations full of sun, snow and slopes.
La Plagne, France
La Plagne could be said to be the best choice for when you want to keep all your options open. The resorts 10 villages each have their own character and are connected by a vast landscape of intermediate runs. Belle Plagne, Montchavin and Plagne 1800 are popular with families travelling with young children as they each offer unique features such as excellent children’s ski instruction. Montchavin is even traffic-free. Each village has nursery runs and, for more of a challenge, there are numerous intermediate slopes to ski. Travel insurance will obviously cover your equipment and needs in the case of a problem. However, La Plagne’s abundance of age-appropriate activities will keep the children safe and entertained.
If a vastly sprawled resort seems a little overwhelming consider the more compact and charming village of Alpbach in Austria. Local accommodation options include friendly pensions and chalet-type hotels, many of which are as close as 20 metres from the nursery slope. For younger children the village is like something out of a fairy-tale. For parents or more seasoned skiers there are excellent off-piste ski options if you know where to look, although the number of intermediate slopes is not vast. Be sure to check that your ski travel insurance covers any adventures that you are planning to take off the beaten track.
If you are looking for a holiday that is not limited to one activity, and is off the beaten tourist track, head over to the enchanting resort of Ylläs in Finland. The gentle sloping landscape is ideal for beginner skiers, but the resort’s winning factor, guaranteed to enthral children of any age, are the numerous alternative activities. Snow-shoeing, husky-sledding and reindeer sleigh rides will delight the kids and be a truly unique experience to be remembered. Ylläs is best from the end of March to the end of the ski season. Be warned though, ski travel insurance will not cover the lack of sun during normal daylight hours!
Family Holiday Fun
Travelling with children, especially young children, is not exactly easy. However, the effort expended will reap huge rewards in creating unique and lasting memories of family togetherness and adventure. Comprehensive ski travel insurance is a must for the ultimate peace of mind. Allowing a child the space and freedom to safely explore, practice (and fall!) is an exhilarating experience for the parent and the child. Choose your resort wisely and the holiday will be a great success for all!
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual, family, business and ski travel insurance . Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.