What is the perfect recipe for a fun-filled family skiing holiday? Take one resort with pistes that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, mix with a secure and atmospheric village to allow both children and parents to truly relax, infuse with fun and luxurious infrastructure, such as 5-star hotels and indulgent spas, and add the finishing touches of helicopter charter flights in France and Italy for convenience and style. Monacair presents three of the best ski resorts in Europe for families with young children, each of which is reachable by helicopter. Take to the mountains with your loved ones this winter to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Set at 1800m, high in the Portes du Soleil ski area near the Swiss border, Avoriaz markets itself as the resort where kids are kings – a title that is hard to dispute. Not only is the 650km network of slopes covered in soft, fluffy snow – perfect for little limbs in training – but the only vehicles allowed inside the village are horse-drawn sleighs! A veritable winter wonderland, complete with traditional alpine buildings, Avoriaz is a safe and secure resort that sets little imaginations alight and enables parents to really unwind into holiday mode. Particularly popular is the Village des Enfants, where a team of more than one hundred teach ski lessons and offer entertainment to children from ages 3 and up, from the first run of the day to the last.
One of the most glamorous ski resorts in the world – with a selection of 5-star accommodation to match – Courchevel (particularly its highest resort, Courchevel 1850) is one destination that can be found on the bucket list of most discerning skiing enthusiasts. Courchevel helicopter transfer opens the door to one of the world’s most luxurious alpine adventures; once there, it’s impossible not to enjoy all the facilities available at this fantastic resort. From off-piste entertainment such as bowling, indoor rock climbing and evening animations, other family-friendly amenities include a selection of kindergartens run by the Ecole de Ski Français (ESF), where trained staff welcome children from 18 months of age, and a fun, two-kilometre-long toboggan run which is floodlit for night time enjoyment.
Limone Piemonte, Italy
Set closer to the Cote d’Azur, Limone Piemonte might not have the reputation that attracts the international clientele of the stations listed above, but it’s easy to forget that generation after generation has learnt the ropes on these beautiful Italian slopes, imparting a real sense of charm and authenticity into this charismatic resort. Less than 100 kilometres from Monaco, and a popular weekend break from the Principality, Limone Piemonte boasts a dedicated children’s skiing area. It’s an easy and safe place for learners to build up confidence surrounded by lots of lovely powder. After a day spent skiing, the hearty pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas on the menus of the village’s restaurants are a welcome treat for all ages. Make sure to find time in your busy ski schedule to visit the neighbouring village of Vernante, less than ten minutes away by car. The walls of the town have become a living museum that commemorates one of the most beloved tales in children’s literature, Pinocchio. The town pays homage to the book’s illustrator, Attilio Mussino, who called Vernante home.