9 great resorts for a family winter holiday in Northern Italy

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3rd October 2021

Planning a family winter holiday this year? Try Northern Italy. It’s one of the most popular winter destinations in Europe for families. And a lot of that comes down to three great regions: Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Take a look.


1/9  Pila, Valle d’Aosta: recommended for a family winter holiday with younger kids

If you’re planning a family winter holiday with younger kids. Or up for your first ever family ski holiday. Pila is an excellent choice. It’s a car-free resort with plenty of ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Local ski schools start lessons from age five. And there are lots of exciting activities off the slopes too. Plus, round about Christmas few places – even in lovely Valle d’Aosta – are quite as magical.

Why pick Pila for a family winter holiday?

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Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta: the resort for Alpine chalets and great ski schools

2/9  Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta: the resort for Alpine chalets and great ski schools

Probably the most famous resort in Valle d’Aosta, Courmayeur is sweetly traditional right down to its cobbled streets and Alpine chalets. But don’t judge on looks alone. It’s also home to the phenomenal Skyway Monte Bianco and linked directly to the Vallée Blanche ski area. Kids can start ski lessons here from age five at one of Italy’s finest ski schools – Scuola Sci Monte Bianco.

Why families love Courmayeur?

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Ayas Valley, Valle d’Aosta: best for family friendly resort villages

3/9  Ayas Valley, Valle d’Aosta: best for family friendly resort villages

Prepare to fall in love with the Ayas Valley for skiing on the Monterosa area alone. Add a liberal scattering of charming, family-friendly resort villages around the district. Then throw in panoramic views everywhere you look. It quickly becomes clear why you may not have heard of this Valle d’Aosta gem until now: families in the know have obviously been keeping it a secret.

Why choose Ayas Valley for a family winter holiday?

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Chamois, Valle d’Aosta: the fairy tale Alpine resort for a fun family winter holiday

4/9  Chamois, Valle d’Aosta: the fairy tale Alpine resort for a fun family winter holiday

When people describe Chamois they tend to get a bit lyrical. Hardly surprising as it’s the only resort in Italy that can’t be reached by car. And the lightest dusting of snow turns it into a fairy tale. So expect authentic Alpine character and heaps of old-fashioned charm. But look forward to a lively family winter holiday here too.

Why families recommend Chamois?

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5/9  Vialattea, Piedmont: one of the largest ski areas in Europe

Vialattea is one of the largest ski areas in Europe. It’s home to several outstanding resorts, and less than an hour and 20 minutes west of Turin Airport. Even in family-friendly Piedmont, nowhere else entertains kids of all ages so well. It’s also one of the few places to offer after-dark skiing. The choice of family accommodation is good. And plenty of ski-in/ski-out hotels and chalets take full advantage of the extensive local lift network.

Why Vialattea is perfect for a family winter holiday?

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Bardonecchia, Piedmont: for family skiing in Italy and France this winter

6/9  Bardonecchia, Piedmont: for family skiing in Italy and France this winter

Bardoneccia sometimes gets overlooked in the rush for Vialattea. But it’s perfect for families. The skiing’s a good balance of beginner, intermediate and red runs. There’s a lively resort atmosphere. Plenty for kids to do, on and off the slopes. It’s also well placed if you want to cross-border ski into France. And, cementing its reputation for good value, Bardonecchia offers free ski bus services during the winter season.

Why families prefer Bardonecchia?

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Limone Piemont, Piedmont: the great, family friendly all rounder 

7/9  Limone Piemont, Piedmont: the great, family friendly all rounder

One of Piedmont’s more southerly resorts, Limone Piemont shares the magnificent Riserva Bianca ski area with Limonetta and Quotta 1400. Looking for a family-friendly all-rounder? This is the resort which excites experienced skiers and gently introduce younger kids to the slopes. It also packs every day with activities. And the town of Limone looks delightful too.

Why families love Limone Piemont?

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Alagna Valsesia, Monterosa, Piedmont: the legendary 'freeride paradise' 

8/9  Alagna Valsesia, Monterosa, Piedmont: the legendary ‘freeride paradise’

Monterosa is the ski area known as ‘freeride paradise’. You can ski here for eight hours straight without touching the same run twice. Stay in Alagna Valsesia and you’ve access to all that skiing, plus fantastic family activities. And, if you’ve a moment to spare, the views are pretty spectacular too.

Why families love Alagna Valsesia?

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Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia: one of the prettiest resorts in the Dolemites

9/9  Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia: one of the prettiest resorts in the Dolemites

Sappada is easily the prettiest resort in the Dolemites. Think sweet Tyrol-style chalets, an ice-cream coloured Baroque church and a backdrop of forested mountains. It’s also one of the most family-friendly and packed with exciting activities for toddlers to teens. Plus, thanks to a southern Bavarian heritage, kids can expect lots of lovely traditions for Christmas and New Year.

Why families choose Sappada?

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Looking for an even more phenomenal winter family holiday? Take a look at the best places in Europe to see Northern Lights with kids. Don’t forget to follow Family Traveller on Instagram and Facebook  for more travel news and ideas – or just to say hi.

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