An Easter family ski holiday is one of life’s greatest pleasures. However, there are many factors to consider when choosing your station. Altitude, ski schools, transfer times, everything is important. So we’ve decided to pick the brains of the best in the business, Inghams, to bring you a definitive list of the best Easter ski resorts for families.
Known as “the diamond of the Alps”, the mountain resort of Obergurgl has long been a favorite of snow-loving families. It’s the perfect resort for developing skiers thanks to its extensive beginner areas, fantastic ski school and wide variety of development runs.
More advanced skiers will have the opportunity to make the most of the region’s spectacular snow conditions and many off-piste areas, all easily accessible by fast, modern lifts.
Stay at the Alpenblume Hotel
A true alpine retreat, Hotel Alpenblume offers a friendly home away from home atmosphere just minutes from the slopes and the Festkogel gondola.
If there is a ski resort synonymous with Easter skiing, it is Val Thorens. Situated at an altitude of 2300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and as such is undoubtedly one of the best in the world for late season skiing conditions.
Families are drawn to the sheer variety of the expansive 3 Valleys ski area, as well as the convenience of the resort itself, where the majority of accommodation is ski-in ski-out and accessible by car. Add to that fantastic snow, plenty of sunshine, great value mountain restaurants and of course spectacular views and an Easter holiday in Val Thorens, it’s pretty much incomparable.
Will stay Chalet Mathilde
For the ultimate ski-in ski-out comfort, you can’t go wrong at Chalet Mathilde. Ski straight from the door on the Plein Sud blue run to the base of the resort, where ski lifts await to take you anywhere you want to go. Very functional for families and with access to a shared wellness spa, Chalet Mathilde offers a refreshing and relaxed chalet experience.
Skiing in the shadow of the Matterhorn is one of winter’s most magical experiences and skiers of all ages and skill levels will love Cervinia, with its wide variety of stunning ski runs, mouth-watering Italian cuisine and scenic grandiose.
There is always something to do in the pedestrian center of the village and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops to explore as you wander the beautiful cobbled streets. There’s also an impressive amount of activities available for those days when you might not want to ski from the first lifts to the end, whether you fancy soaking in the spa or exploring an ice cave.
To stay at the Dragon Hotel
Hotel Dragon is always a hit with families, not only thanks to its impressive name, but also its unbeatable location at the foot of the Cervinia slopes. A recent renovation has seen the interior get a stylish alpine update, while the large sun terrace is a great place to catch the Easter rays in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn.
One of the most iconic resorts in the world, Zermatt (pictured top) boasts a huge ski area, unparalleled scenery, plenty of family-friendly activities and, of course, the classic reliability of Easter snow in high altitude. Families of all abilities will appreciate the impeccably groomed slopes and more confident skiers can explore the many off-piste options and the ski link to Cervinia.
Kids will love the resort’s quaint car-free village center, where they’ll stroll among horse-drawn carriages and master chocolatiers. Meanwhile, skiers of all ages will love riding the famous Gornergrat Mountain Railway to the slopes, a true must-do experience for skiers and snowboarders.
To stay at the Hotel Papillon
A perfectly picturesque hotel in the center of Zermatt, Hotel Butterfly offers a quiet yet central location with quick access to the slopes and fantastic local dining options.
Another of the classic high altitude options, the epic ski area of Tignes graces just about every Easter ski list and its fantastic family atmosphere makes it a must-see on this one. The area’s many beginner areas provide the perfect learning ground for less confident skiers, while experienced skiers have some of the world’s most interesting and challenging terrain at their fingertips.
Tignes’ three village centers offer a wealth of options for families looking for a relaxing getaway, from the cozy chalets of Lavachet to the ski-in-ski-out convenience of Val Claret.
To stay at the Hotel Rosset
If you want to make the most of your stay in Tignes, the Hotel Rosset is for you. Located in the center of Tignes le Lac, just 100m from the slopes and the Marmottons children’s area, this is a hotel with serious slopeside appeal.
Don’t be fooled by the beautiful traditional style; Hotel Rosset is full of modern facilities, including a swimming pool, sauna, hammam and a lounge bar on the top floor, with a large balcony overlooking the peaks.
Another of Austria’s best family resorts, Lech enjoys a privileged position in the heart of the world-famous Arlberg ski area. The slopes immediately surrounding the resort are perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers, while more advanced skiers will appreciate the opportunity to ski at several top resorts, including St. Anton.
Lech is also one of the most beautiful ski areas in Europe, with tree-lined pistes and cozy mountain huts providing an almost fairytale setting that will truly infuse young skiers with the magic of the mountains. The town itself is equally picturesque, with easy access to the slopes via fast lifts and well-placed accommodation.
To stay at the Hotel Berghof
Pure Austrian hospitality combined with luxurious charm makes Hotel Berghof one of the most recommended hotels in Lech. Installed on the slopes above the center of Lech, families can take advantage of a private lift to take them from the hotel to the center of the resort and its many ski lifts. Peace, quiet and incredible views await you.
A breathtaking alpine village with an exceptional snow record, Saas-Fee is the perfect place to escape the stress of everyday life at Easter. The traffic-free village has a real Swiss chalet-in-a-chocolate-box feel and is surrounded by some of Switzerland’s highest peaks and glacier skiing.
Around the village you will find a large beginner area and an extensive network of blue and red runs, perfect for young skiers looking for a safe space to progress. Off the snow, fun family activities range from the state-of-the-art Aqua Allalin pool and spa complex to the exhilarating Feeblitz bobsled.
To stay at the Allalin Hotel
The Allalin Hotel is a fantastic family run place, offering top quality food, friendly service and a very convenient location. Recently voted one of Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in Switzerland, you are in very good hands here!
Les Arcs has long been a favorite with British families, thanks to its lively resorts, countless off-snow activities and world-class ski area.
For skiers more eager for kilometers, 225 km of additional slopes are available in the resort linked by ski lifts of La Plagne. Easter offers the perfect opportunity to make the most of this area, as Les Arcs has a brilliant snow record. Numerous north-facing pistes and the Aiguille Rouge glacier ensure that the ski area remains in excellent condition well beyond the Easter weeks.
To stay at the Hotel Aiguille Rouge
Enjoying a ski-in ski-out location par excellence in Arc 2000, the Hotel Aiguille Rouge not only benefits from a privileged location at the edge of the slopes, but also from an incredible view from its panoramic restaurant and its sunny south-facing terrace. . The ski school meeting point is incredibly close and connecting rooms and free kids’ clubs make the Aiguille Rouge ideal for families.
Who says the best Easter ski resorts for families all have to be in Europe? ! Whistler is arguably one of the best ski areas in the world for families and could offer the perfect Easter break escape. The ski area offers a huge variety, from soft tree lined greens and blues to untouched powder bowls and steep black roads.
The resort itself has a refreshing and laid back vibe, allowing you to completely unwind and enjoy the ambience of a real mountain town. Plus, a trip to Whistler gives you the opportunity to combine an Easter ski vacation with a getaway to Vancouver, making the most of that precious family time.
To stay at Crystal Lodge & Suite
Undeniably one of Whistler’s best-located accommodations, the Crystal Lodge is right in the center of the village, just a two-minute walk from the Whistler ski lifts and Blackcomb Mountain. Gorgeous rooms and attentive staff make stays here a joy, while guests of all ages will enjoy the year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and game rooms!
Last but not least, Champoluc is one of Europe’s best kept secrets when it comes to the best Easter ski resorts for families. Nestled in Italy’s beautiful Monterosa ski area, Champoluc retains a rustic alpine charm that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in European ski areas.
Skiers here have three areas linked by lifts to explore; Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna, all of which offer well-maintained pistes and huge off-piste potential. For families, it’s the quiet, relaxed nature of the area that really stands out. The slopes are often surprisingly empty, even during peak weeks, which means young skiers can really gain some confidence.
To stay at the Chalet Hotel in Champoluc
The Chalet Hotel de Champoluc is pretty much the most ski-in, ski-out option you’ll find in Champoluc, sitting at the foot of the slopes right next to the resort’s main gondola. Authentic alpine decor, modern amenities and an attentive local team make it a real treat for families this winter.
For more Easter holiday inspiration or to see the best Easter family ski deals, visit www.inghams.co.uk/ski-holidays/ski-late-deals/easter-ski- holidays