Family ski holidays can be fraught with logistical nightmares. For starters there’s danger, dangerous amounts of gear and airports to navigate - and that’s before the fights over the top bunk. So we’ve put our Gurus to the test to recommend the best family ski holiday hotels to make your break as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
Our selection of the best family ski holiday hotels includes both those with dedicated children's activity programmes - try the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa - and those which are ideally located for ski school drop offs - like the Le Portetta in Courchevel 1650. And all our best family ski holiday hotels are in top resorts including Zermatt, Verbier, Megeve and Chamonix.
Though not generally known as the most family friendly of ski resorts, we have a few recommendations in Verbier.
For Three Valleys fans the choice of best family ski holiday hotels might appear endless, but we’ve refined it for you. Our favourite family friendly hotels are:
Unlike the Three Valleys, Zermatt is not a place which springs to mind when one thinks of the best family ski holiday hotels, but the Hotel Alex is a great choice in this car free resort, with a children's stübli, playground, large swimming pool and indoor tennis courts.
Chamonix is a good choice for families though! With easy access from Geneva and skiing to suit all abilities, plus a buzzing town centre there are a number of our best family ski holiday hotels here.
Another recommendation for the best family ski holiday hotels is just down the road in Megéve.
If our list of the best family ski holiday hotels hasn’t solved your family ski dilemmas, then expand your search:
The Tschuggen Grand has much going for it: award winning dining, outstanding views, luxurious rooms & suites, children's activity programme for all ages and to cap it all a private mountain railway to whisk you up to the slopes.
Reliable and modest family-run hotel on the Place Centrale. Pinewood rooms, book cases, and fires make it superbly cosy. A relaxed mountain atmosphere in a great location. Ideal for families.
Traditional style chalet with contemporary interiors. Bedrooms have simple white walls set against traditional wood panel. Enjoy the sleek buzzy bar and modern restaurant. The spa offers the ultimate in relaxation after a long day on the slopes. A chic base for a romantic break.
A cosy hotel on the Place Centrale that offers great value for money. Twee tartan bed heads, wood panelled walls and crisp white linen. A light and airy breakfast room and terrace with impressive views. A relaxed and comfortable choice ideal for families.
A simple family-orientated hotel in the heart of the resort and just 100m from the piste. Rooms are traditional in style with plenty of pine and all have modern en suites. Triples offer a good option for families or small groups. Lively bar, excellent value and an unbeatable location.
Family-run chalet hotel in La Daille, a stone's throw from the funicular which has you up the mountain in minutes. Flexible modern-alpine style accommodation is perfect for families and groups with doubles, family rooms and self catering options. Traditional Savoyard cuisine plus a spa for relaxing.
Val Thorens, Les Trois Vallées
Perfect small family hotel in the middle of the resort, with wonderful service and food. A cosy cocoon perfect for families with its four family suites, gargantuan breakfast buffets and set three-course dinners. Great value for money.
St Martin de Belleville Savoie, Les Trois Vallées
Appealing family hotel in pretty traditional French village, close to the slopes. Family suites and apartments that can sleep up to 10. A charming chalet with snug rooms, two restaurants, and a sun terrace.
Excellent value family friendly hotel, with an unbeatable ski in ski out location right on the piste. The resort centre is just a few minutes walk. Welcoming restaurant and bar, with speciality Fondue nights every Thursdays, weekly live music and dancing. Sunny comfortable ensuite family rooms.
Supremely comfortable, contemporary family friendly hotel right on the slopes. Rooms and suites with Himalayan-style decoration - warm Asian tones, furs, silks, painted friezes, and exotic wooden panelling. A luxurious and characterful chalet.
Exquisite and soothing - a welcoming family hotel directly on the slopes. Rustic wooden interiors with stone fire places and rooms with private balconies. Perfect for families with young children as it is next to the nursery slopes.
Historic and quirky family-run hotel with bags of character. Modern bedrooms and luxury suites with hand-turned furniture and exquisite wood carvings whirl-pool baths. Sociable bar, large pool, and a children's playground. The perfect choice for families.
Les Praz de Chamonix
Simple modern bedrooms and family suites plus six self catering apartments just 100m from the Flegere cable car. Michelin recommended restaurant offering contemporary and classic french cuisine. A great choice for families.
A gorgeous hotel with two separate chalets in an excellent location. Breathtaking views just steps from the town centre. Luxurious chalet rooms with wooden beams, elegant furniture, sumptuous bedding, and huge private terraces. Great for families or groups of friends.
Another member of the Sibuet stable: a collection of chalets and farmhouses that has been lovingly restored to create a luxurious rustic idyll. Nothing has been forgotten from gourmet food, a dedicated space for the younger generation to "Pure Altitude" spa.