Although we were able to ski at epic Swiss ski resorts including Davos, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Verbier, and Crans-Montana during our two years in Switzerland, one of my regrets is that we never got to Adelboden for a family ski holiday. Located at the end of a glorious valley in the Bernese Alps, Adelboden feels remote, yet it is easily accessible from both Zurich and Geneva via car or train.
My family just returned from Squaw Valley and discovered why families love skiing here. Mother Nature provided perfect conditions with good snow and beautiful blue skies. My kids, seven and nine, found their ski legs and my husband and I discovered why we like skiing as adults – it’s exercise in a gorgeous setting. We’ve caught the ski bug and there’s no going back.
Sun Valley is easy to love. It takes just one family ski trip to appreciate its advantages and the reasons why their guest return rate is so high.
Where is Sun Valley?
Sun Valley is in Idaho, 155 miles from Boise. A common misperception is that Sun Valley is difficult to access. I disagree. Although flying into Boise may require a connection, once you arrive, the airport is very user-friendly …
When it comes to skiing, not all years are created equal. Snow conditions, of course, are the biggest variable, although between resort development and equipment upgrades, it feels like there is much more than just weather to track these days. For families planning ski vacations this season, there’s much to be excited about. Resorts are 100% focused on catering to children of all ages and their parents.
I got together with my fellow family travel gurus and we put together our list of the best family ski resorts for 2013. There are so many options and factors for families to consider. Here’s our take:
Between transportation, lift tickets, lodging, lessons, and meals, a family ski vacation can be a budget buster. Fortunately, our good friends at Park City, hosting three of the best family-friendly ski resorts in North America, have put some serious thought into creating value for families.
The great state of Colorado is a skier’s dream with epic conditions, varied terrain, and a long list of ski resort options for all abilities and interests. Selecting the right ski resort for a winter family vacation takes a bit of legwork to ensure it will meet the needs of every person in the family (see How to Find the Best Family-Friendly Ski Resort for my list of critical things to consider).
I visited Keystone, Colorado this month and although it’s still pre-season, I can see why so many families …
There is no doubt that ski resorts are designed for winter fun. But when the snow melts and the spring flowers appear, there’s a magical transition from winter wonderlands to summer playgrounds.
Ski trails turn into hiking and biking trails. Meadows become ideal settings for summer fairs and festivals. Ice-skating rinks become fishing ponds and ski programs become summer camps. Best of all, lodging usually is discounted with great off-season rates.
I live about four hours from some of the best skiing in the country, maybe even the world, and I can’t tell you the last time I was on skis. Sad. I used to ski. When my husband and I first started dating, he actually taught me how to ski. There were some lessons thrown in there too, but for the most part I learned while trying to keep up with him.
Then I got pregnant, had a baby and got pregnant again. Skiing …
I recently wrote an article for our friends at Shermans Travel highlighting three family favorite ski areas in North Lake Tahoe: Sugar Bowl, Northstar-at-Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. Each of these resorts offers a very different ski experience. The beauty is they are located close enough together that you can easily try all three ski areas in a single vacation.
I put together our now-annual list of family ski resorts where kids can ski free in the US and Canada a few weeks ago. Now, it’s time for Europe! The good news is a surprising number of resorts offer some kind of ‘kids ski free’ program. The list is so big that I’m breaking it up into two posts. France and Switzerland are the subject today and then I’ll cover Austria, Germany, Andorra, and Italy tomorrow.
In France, only Chamonix has a truly compelling program for older kids where the first child …