The Best Ski Resorts for Families

Dec 10, 2020

Photo: Keystone Resort

When it comes to finding the perfect ski resort for a family ski vacation there are a lot of boxes to tick. Uncrowded slopes, first-class ski school, terrain for all ability levels, and most importantly, good value. Check out our list of the best ski resort for families and why they’re set to be your most memorable ski vacation yet.

Steamboat Springs
Steamboat has long been known for its incredibly well organized resort amenities and world-class facilities that make a family ski vacation easy and hassle-free. With an internationally renowned ski school (with GPS tracking on all kids) and a Kids Vacation Centre located at the village base, there’s a reason families return to Steamboat every year. Boasting an authentic cowboy mountain town at its core, it’s a big hit among the little (and big) kids.

For families that seek convenient lodging close to the slopes, English-speaking ski school, and fantastic first-timer areas, Tignes is a top-choice for a ski vacation in France. For those who want an even easier family holiday, you can’t beat the all-inclusive Club Med Tignes, which takes care of all your needs so you can enjoy a hassle-free vacation.

Big White
For family resorts, Big White is up there as one of the best in the world. Easy access from Kelowna, pedestrian friendly village area, and home to all the services you may (or may not) need during your ski vacation, including large supermarkets, and multiple restaurants and shops. The resort is known for its vast array of kid-friendly activities including ice-skating, ice climbing, tubing, and mini Ski-Doos.

Photo: Silver Star Ski ResortSilver Star
If you’re looking for a fun and easy family ski vacation, Silver Star definitely ticks all the boxes. Home to great value lodging and lift tickets, plus plenty of non-ski activities to keep the little ones entertained. Not to mention, there is terrain to suit all ability levels, with every chairlift offering at least one green run so families can ski together throughout the day. A super cute and colourful base village also adds extra charm and fun to your ski vacation.

This charming village in the heart of Austria's Arlberg region is great for families to get a taste of European culture. With some lovely ski-in ski-out hotels, most of which serve half-board (makes it super convenient for families!), everthing here is pretty easy. The ski school is excellent and the slopes perfect for a family of varying abilities. The kids will just love the horse drawn sleigh ride too!

Aspen Snowmass
Aspen has a reputation of being a bit on the pricey side, however, Snowmass Mountain offers a great value ski vacations, particularly for families. Its world-class facilities are catered specifically for families, with an internationally acclaimed ski school, fun kids programs, and non-snow activities that are sure to be a highlight. Snowmass also boasts great slopeside condos for families that seek a more self-contained ski experience close to all the resort amenities.

You can easily compare Tomamu to Disneyland for families, with plenty of great facilities on and off the slopes to keep the kids entertained. Parents will love the convenience of everything situated in the one area, the English-speaking instructors, and purpose-built learning area for first timers. Club Med Tomamu also ups the ante when it comes to family friendly ski resorts in Japan.

Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere is home to a winning combination of charming European village and world-class resort facilities. Matching the family-friendly criteria is a pedestrian-friendly village, plenty of ski schools and childcare facilities, fantastic beginner terrain, and a gigantic leisure complex for those down days. It is also one of the resorts in France that offers self-contained apartments and chalets, perfect for families.

Great option for families due to the compact village, plus easy-to-get-to ski area that boasts fantastic gentle beginner and first-timer slopes. When compared to other resorts, Cervinia is great value, and for those looking for ultra-convenience the Club Med includes everything you’ll need including food, ski lessons, and off-snow activities for the kids.

Photo: Niseko Ski Resort


For first-timers to Japan, Niseko is by far the best ski resort for families. Not only do kids under seven ski free, but the easy-to-navigate resort area and abundance of self-contained apartments makes for a relaxed family ski vacation. Plus there are many off-snow activities for kids, easy access from Chitose Airport, and plenty of English-speaking services to get you by.



Perfectly suited to families new to skiing, with a vast array of amenities, school programs, and super fun activities for the kids (including a giant tubing hill). Team this up with terrain that is beginner-friendly, easy access from Denver, great range of ski-in ski-out accommodation, and a cute compact resort village, Keystone really has it all for families.

Compact and uncrowded, Panorama is the perfect fit for families heading to Canada for a ski vacation. Spacious slopeside accommodation, and all the resort amenities are in the one location, making it even more convenient for families each morning to hit the slopes. Ski School is well organized, and the designated Discovery Zone makes skiing fun for first-timers. Panorama is one of the best value family ski resorts in Canada.

Still unsure on where to take the family for your next ski vacation? Contact us at Scout for a customised ski package to suit your needs. 

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