Thinking of a ski break with the family this Easter?
Posted on: 29 March 2012 by Laura Wilkins
The Easter break offers a final opportunity to indulge in a family ski holiday with children and grandchildren outside of term time. However, as the season presses on, not all resorts offer great snow cover, so you need to pick wisely to ensure you’re not disappointed.
The Easter break offers a final opportunity to indulge in a family ski holiday with children and grandchildren outside of term time. However, as the season presses on, not all resorts offer great snow cover, so you need to pick wisely to ensure you’re not disappointed. Here’s a selection of three of the top family-friendly resorts, which are also sure bets for great snow coverage for a perfect family ski trip this Easter holiday.
Thanks to its high altitude, Tignes boasts a reliable snow record late into the season and current conditions are proving ideal for skiers, so this is a great bet for snow coverage this Easter.
Tignes centres around three small villages sitting high above the tree line of the French mountains. Forming part of the Espace Killy ski area, Tignes provides a huge variety of terrain for skiers and boarders of all levels, from challenging off-pistes to leisurely cruising runs.
The magnificent Grande Motte glacier offers excellent runs back down to resort and the long runs down to Tignes-les-Brevieres are a popular choice. Beginners and little ones are also well catered for with a good selection of wide open nursery slopes.
Off the slopes there is plenty going on in Tignes. There are lively restaurants to choose from and kids and adults alike will love spending time in the fantastic swimming pool and wellness centre in Tignes Le Lac. Tignes also offers a range of other great family activities such as horse riding, husky sledding and quad biking.
Where to stay
Cosy Chalethotel L’Aiguille Percee is located conveniently close to the ski lift and ski school and offers spectacular views out over the Lac de Tignes and the Grande Motte Glacier. This chalethotel is well equipped for families with little ones of all ages, with daily children’s clubs and childcare facilities. Parents can relax after a day on the slopes in the Viva health and beauty salon, steam room and sauna.
La Plagne, France
La Plagne is one of the world’s largest ski resorts and, with most of the runs situated at an altitude of between 2000m and 2700m, the area is almost guaranteed snow right through until the end of the season.
The generous nursery slopes are ideal for beginners, while the impressive pistes of Bellcote glacier offer ski descents of more than 2000 vertical metres. There are ski schools for little ones from the age of three, as well as snow gardens, baby tow ropes and moving carpet lifts. To expand your skiing potential, take the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car to the Paradiski ski area of La Plagne and Les Arcs, which opens up over 425km of piste skiing.
Kids will love the tobogganing in La Plagne and there are opportunities for bobsleighing, paintballing and bowling, as well as several family friendly restaurants for dining.
Where to stay
Chalethotel Christina is a sociable and welcoming spot located adjacent to the slopes, opposite the lifts and close to the ski school meeting place, meaning you can ski in and out as you please. The chalethotel’s terrace boasts superb views of the piste. Guests can also take advantage of the excellent Mark Warner childcare on offer for children from 4 months to 12 years.
St. Anton, Austria
With an average snowfall of seven metres, St. Anton is a reliable choice right through Easter, and the resort has installed more than 600 snow guns on over 100km of the groomed runs to keep levels high.
For older families, or those with higher level skiing skills, St. Anton in the Arlberg region of Austria is a buzzy resort renowned for big skiing, soft snow and great après ski. There are fast lifts and countless opportunities for going off-piste. However, beginners are catered for too, with ski schools and extensive easy slopes to choose from.
Off the slopes there’s plenty for all the family - a multi-sports facility with tennis courts, indoor climbing wall, bowling alley, shooting range, squash courts and lots more. St. Anton’s architecture is a blend of old and new, with charming shops and hundreds of restaurants offering a wide range of eating options.
Where to stay
Family-friendly Chalethotel Schweizerhof is located in the peaceful hamlet of Nasserein within walking distance of St. Anton, offering magnificent views over the village and mountains. The Viva health and beauty salon offers a variety of relaxing and pampering treatments, perfect after a day on the slopes, and there are kids clubs on offer for a range of ages, as well as evening drop in crèches and babysitting services.
For more information on these and a range of other great resorts, see markwarner.co.uk.