The popular resort of Gstaad has a huge variety of slopes so every member of the family will find something to suit their level. The ski area has a number of learning parks, which are well equipped for learners who need to practice their skills and build confidence before heading out onto the pistes. For the more experienced, there are several snow parks, such as in Saanerslochgrat, Hornberg, and La Braye, which are great for perfecting technique, and opportunities to have a first taste of freeriding. Oh and children up to the age of nine get to go free!
Of course you are not limited to just skiing and snowboarding, but you also have the option to be enchanted by the sledding on the Sparenmoos-Zweisimmenpath for example, the resort offers. While you’re at it, you should also try to take advantage of the husky tour and the spot of ice-skating they offer.
Insider tip: Take a look at Le Grand Bellevue because it is a very family friendly five star hotel, providing many options for children, such as a kids room and a cinema.
Klosters - Davos
This resort may be well known for regularly hosting members of European royal families, but it’s perfectly adapted to the needs of your family as well. It has slopes for all levels and a ski school with a highly qualified staff. The highlight of the resort is Madrisa Land, an adventure park with fun for everyone, including a tubing run, a steering track, and the chance to do a timed giant slalom run. Left of Madrisa are also many easy blue slopes that are good for everyone. If you feel like staying in the town then there’s even the Heidlift that runs through the Klosters Dorf. Other mountains in the Davos Klosters ski area also have special children’s lands and there is a good range of family accommodation and restaurants available.
If you happen to get caught with a bad skiing day then don’t panic because there are tons of activities you can do instead! The ski resort has a cinema, tennis courts, a bowling alley, and a climbing wall that you should definitely try out with the family.
A wonderful family friendly hotel there that is definitely recommended would be the Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus, that offers the Globi Kids Club for children as well as a childcare program and special family activities.
Insider tip: If your children are interested in learning snowboarding then ask for the snowboard instructor Gregor Lopresti (https://www.facebook.com/gregor.presti). He is extremely fun and the best instructor in the area.
Arosa - Lenzerheide
These sheltered and sunny resorts that are perfect for a family stay have recently been connected to each other, doubling the fun. Both resorts had been awarded the “Families Welcome” quality label before being joint, making it the perfect place to have fun and relax.
The JUNIOR Club ski school, located in the center of Arosa, makes learning to ski or snowboard lots of fun and kids can even have a go on the junior half-pipe, allowing them to have a first taste of these sports in a safe environment.
The resort also has special children’s areas that give the parents a chance to head out on the well-prepared slopes of the main ski area knowing that the kids are in great hands and enjoying themselves in the ski kindergarten. The ski kindergartens are equipped with easy to use “magic carpet” lifts, making the introduction to snow sports as easy as possible.
Check out the Kulm Hotel! The Kulm Kids Club entertains your children by taking them ice skating or baking cookies with them, so that you can enjoy a kid-free day or evening. If you want you can also get in contact with the tourist office who can supply you with the contact details of local baby-sitters.
Insider tip: Take a look at the Mickey Mouse Club in Arosa. It is the major childcare program in the area and is partners with many of the hotels. It gives children special treatment, like allowing them to learn skiing in Donal’s Ski Stadium and snowboarding in Goofy’s Halfpipe or serving free lemonade in restaurants.
The “Familien Wilkommen” awarded ski resort is perfect for a family vacation and offers a long list of fun activities for every age group in the family. There are many children’s areas with daycare services in Laax and Flims and the easy and wide slopes in the ski resort are suitable for the entire family. The Snow Wonderland ski school always guarantees a lot of fun and entertainment for your children and the mascot, Ami Sabi, is a great hit among the kids.
While in Laax, you have the chance to try Europe’s first indoor Freestyle Academy, which is perfect for the older ones that might want to practice their jumps and tricks, because it is completely safe, as you land in a foam pit! The Curnius snowpark, on the route from Crap Sogn Gion to Curnius, offers freestyle fun that more experienced skiers and snowboarders should definitely try out, being that there are plenty of rails, obstacles and boxes at different levels of difficulty along the entire length of the slope.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel near the ski lifts, then take a look at the Waldhaus Flims. It is a beautiful place to stay that will for sure spoil your family and will be able to provide everything you desire for your vacation.
Insider tip: The Spaligna lift is perfect for beginners, however make sure you go in the early morning because it’s the first slope to close, due to the direct sunlight.