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Favourite Half Term Ski Resorts

Favourite Half Term Ski Resorts

With Half-term fast approaching, we’ve taken a look at the best ski resorts that you can head to with your family!

Avoriaz, France

Of the French purpose-built resorts created in the Sixties, Avoriaz is one of the more sympathetically designed. Compact and car free, its buildings are wood clad with snowy paths and pistes between them. You and your luggage are transported to the largely ski-in/ski-out accommodation by snowcat or horse-drawn sleigh. Many families love Avoriaz for its safety and convenience. It also has the highest and most snow-sure slopes in the Portes du Soleil ski area.

Ste Foy Tarentaise, France

Ste Foy is an attractive, great value and unpretentious resort developed since 1990 at the foot of what started life as a cult, off-piste mountain. It remains excellent for experts but is now very good for families too.

Ste Foy is like a complete resort in miniature, with a limited choice of bars and restaurants, a newsagent and a small supermarket. These are surrounded by a cluster of chalets and chalet-style apartment blocks, all built in the traditional Savoyard style of wood and stone.

Obergurgl, Tirol, Austria

Glacier resorts apart, Obergurgl is one of the most snow-sure areas in the Alps and the highest parish in Austria. Combine that with no through-traffic, easy slopes and traditional-style buildings, and you can see why a loyal band of families go back time and time again, often booking a year in advance.

Children from age three can join the resort’s Bobo Skiclub for outdoor activities or the Bobo kindergarten for indoor fun. Many hotels also offer childcare of one sort or another. Esprit Ski, a family specialist UK chalet operator, provides comprehensive childcare facilities. The resort is set in a remote spot at the head of a valley and has few day visitors. In practice this means the village is quiet with very few cars – it’s mainly traffic free.

Pila, Italy

Pila is little known outside Italy, but offers a worthwhile surprise to those who visit. A small area of well-groomed, snow-sure slopes suited to intermediates rises around a car-free, purpose-built resort. Great for families with small children, it has a splendid nursery slope, play area and gentle tubing hill all located near the centre. There’s also a Miniclub that caters for kids up to age 12. It’s not exactly charming, but the resort is a functional mix of chalet-style buildings and large apartment blocks with direct access to the slopes on one side.

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