1. La Plagne, France
Small resorts are often hailed as family-friendly, but are limited for parents who really want to put miles under their skis. Here, the ski-in ski-out villages are set on 265 miles of slopes, linked to Les Arcs. There are Coolski beginner areas throughout the region and ski schools include Oxygene, which has British instructors. Attractions include a zipline and the chance to try out the Olympic bobsleigh track.
How to do: Pierre & Vacances offers seven nights at Résidence Les Constellations, Belle Plagne (one bedroom, sleeps five), for rental, from £399 excluding flights. British Airways, Jet2 and EasyJet serve Geneva. pierreetvacances.com
2. Levi, Finland
For fairytale skiing amid twinkling lights (pistes are illuminated on short winter days) wrapped in a beautiful Lapland landscape with friendly English-speaking instructors. The Levi Hotel Spa has a Water World Spa, with 17 indoor/outdoor pools. Treats include reindeer sleigh rides and husky safari viewing of the Northern Lights.
How to do: Inghams has seven nights at the Levi Hotel Spa, half-board, from £889 pp for a family of four, including flights, transfers and entry to Spa Water World. inghams.co.uk
3. Alpe d’Huez, France
Miles and miles of highway-wide trails bring families together, ski all day, and barely touch the same trail twice. Learners will enjoy the two huge areas of green runs. The sports center at the foot of the slopes has a huge outdoor heated swimming pool, ideal for after-ski fun.
How to do: Ski France is offering seven nights at Chalet Sophie on the slopes, sleeping 12 people in five bedrooms from £4,399 (£367 pp). Price includes “contactless catering” (delivery of “cook at home” style restaurant food boxes). Flights to Lyon EasyJet and return transfers can be arranged from €80 pp (£68). skifrance-classic.fr
4. Alpbach, Austria
One of Austria’s prettiest villages, Alpbach is small, quiet and perfect for children, with slopes for beginners at basic level and the chance to progress further up the mountain. It is also located close to one end of the Ski Juwel circuit linking Niederau, Oberau and Auffach: 110 km of easy-to-navigate slopes that allow parents and budding youngsters to ski together. Other activities on offer include skating, tobogganing and sleigh rides.
How to do: Crystal Ski offers seven nights at the Alphof Hotel, which has an indoor pool, half-board, from £625 pp (two adults and two children sharing), including flights and transfers. crystalski.fr
5. La Rosiere, France
Ideal for children and parents. The laid-back village is on the Italian border and the 95-mile Espace San Bernardo gives cross-country skiing to the resort of La Thuile. Youngsters can learn in peace (Ski Esprit, the operator mentioned below, runs small classes) and then progress to the larger ski area, which reaches over 9,000 feet.
How to do: Ski Esprit offers seven nights from £679 per adult in a family suite at Chalet Arnica (sleeps up to four), with one child (aged 2-10) from £364 including flights and transfers. Paid daycare is available (from 17 months). spiritski.com
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