Thinking about a family holiday in Northern Italy this winter? You’re not alone. It’s now one of the most popular destinations in Europe for family ski holidays and a lot of that comes down to the diversity of its regions: not to mention the sheer number of resorts, plus all the legendary ski areas like Riserva Bianca, Dolomiti Superski and Monterosa.

But if you’re new to the Italian north, how do you make the cut with so much choice on offer? The experts at Italia suggest you focus on three outstanding regions to start with: Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Then narrow down hundreds and hundreds of resorts to a shortlist of just nine, and make your final decision from there.

To help you get started, here are the top nine family holiday recommendations selected by Italia for all-round excellence this winter. And who knows? They may have already picked the perfect one for your family. Take a look.

photo credit: Dario Mazzoli

1/9  Pila, Valle d’Aosta

If you’re planning a winter break with younger kids or 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, and local ski schools start lessons from age five. There are lots of exciting activities off the slopes too. And come Christmas, few places – even in lovely Valle d’Aosta – are quite as magical.

Why families love Pila

  • High altitude, long snow-sure season and spectacular scenery: think views of Mont Rosa, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
  • A 20 minute gondola ride from historic Aosta, the lively regional capital and home to one of Valle d’Aosta’s prettiest Christmas Market.
  • Fun festive traditions like the Torchlit Parade of Ski Instructors on 30 December each year.
  • Pila’s Fun Park Chacard is a fantastic family playground with everything from tubing and tobogganing to bob sledding.
  • 70km of runs and the only resort in Valle d’Aosta with a 6-seat chairlift in its network.
  • Dedicated Winter Club with professional childcare, for kids aged three to 12 years, and babies from birth to age three.
  • Direct UK flights to Turin, two hours, year round. Pila is an hour and 20 minute drive north of Turin Airport.

Find out more about Pila for family holidays in Valle d’Aosta