1st December 2017
High altitude Alpine resorts, high mountains, high speed lifts, high snow fall, and high excitement are exactly what families can look forward to on a ski holiday anywhere in Italy’s breathtakingly beautiful Val d’Aosta region this winter.
The only lows are costs for everything from great value family lift passes to wonderful places to stay: whether you’re in the mood for a cossetting catered chalet, cute mountain refuge, or luxury spa hotel.
But with dozens of resorts to choose from; skiing styles from beginner to fearsome off-piste and a mesmerising mix of purpose-built towns, historic villages and quaint hamlets, where do you even start?
Easy, just follow the excellent advice of Val d’Aosta UK. Here are five of their top family resort picks this season, plus a selection of other holiday ideas you might like to think about too.
Courmayeur’s cobbled streets, smart little shops, award-winning restaurants and charming traditional architecture, hark back to origins as an elegant 19th century spa town. Today, it’s one of the prettiest ski resorts in Val d’Aosta and couldn’t be more family friendly.
It’s on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, with fast lift access to Vallée Blanche, and exciting off-piste for advanced skiers. But beginner and intermediate terrain is where Courmayeur really excels, so it’s great for younger kids.
Ski School Monte Bianco is one of Italy’s best and starts lessons from age five. And the fantastic Baby Snow Park lets your snow babies get up to anything from fat biking and bobsleighing to junior snowmobiling, cross-country, and beginner freeriding.
Mini Club Biancaneve offers supervised childcare from new-born to age 10; and Club Lo Tatà keeps three to 12 year olds busy all winter long with outdoor activities, events, workshops, entertainment, and general all-round excitement: no fuss at bedtime in Courmayeur.