The New Year period can be a great time to get away with children. Whether you choose to stay away from home over the Christmas period or travel a couple of days afterwards, getting out onto the slopes for New Year is often a superb way to enjoy time with your family doing an activity that everyone can take part in.
Since most of the family-friendly skiing resorts on the planet will cover everyone from youngsters who are taking their first steps with skis to advanced adult skiers, there are few better choices for a family break, especially in the northern hemisphere’s midwinter, of course. In short, when it comes to ski holidays New Year is often the best time because the snows are likely to be favourable and, even better, you won’t have to take your kids out of school to enjoy them.
That being said, not all skiing stations and resorts are truly child-friendly. Some have an atmosphere that is definitely more geared toward late-night partying. So, if you want to book a skiing holiday that coincides with New Year and still want to pick a location that is good for people of all ages, you need to think about which resorts – or, at least, which parts of which resorts – to head to.
Find out more about some of the best skiing in North America and Europe when travelling with a family group over the New Year period.
1. Mount Hood, Oregon
Because this part of the Pacific Northwest is high in the Rockies, it offers excellent skiing all year round. This means that Mount Hood, close to Portland, is very much geared up to meet the expectations of families and extended family groups throughout each season. In other words, nothing changes over the festive period, and families can expect the same great customer service and entertainment – not to mention gorgeous slopes – whenever they choose to come.
Mount Hood isn’t overrun by young adults at New Year as some resorts in the USA can be. This is also a good place for snowboarding, so if you have teenagers who are into that while you want to ski, then Mount Hood also fits the bill.
2. Avoriaz, France
This French mountain resort is located near Morzine in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. It has a great reputation for being accessible to all levels of skiers, including children and complete newcomers. Unlike many French skiing centres, the authorities in Avoriaz have chosen to ban cars from the central part of the town.
This means that youngsters can roam the area without having to worry about traffic. There are plenty of good places to eat in and around the resort, as well. If you want to try a husky ride, then it is worth noting that these are on offer throughout the Alpine winter at Avoriaz.
3. Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
This ski resort is one of the best in all of Canada for families. In fact, it really constitutes one of the finest places on the planet where you can spend time with your family thanks to the wide variety of activities you can try. Children-friendly tobogganing is on offer, and sometimes, it is possible to take advantage of free taster sessions during the holiday period if you book in advance.
Red Mountain has a deserved reputation for advanced-level ski runs. Don’t let this put you off, however. The resort has plenty of pistes that are suited to learners and intermediate skiers, too. If you need more challenging skiing to keep everyone entertained, though, this is an ideal place to choose.
4. Big Sky, Montana
This is a quiet and family-oriented resort. With so much snow, the quality of skiing on offer in this part of America is virtually guaranteed to be outstanding. However, Big Sky is a slightly more remote ski resort than many others on this list, so you will have to consider your travel arrangements before booking since youngsters may find it tiresome to get there.
The payoff, however, is that the ski lift lines tend to be short, with very little queuing. For younger family members, especially, this means more skiing and less waiting. It’s the ideal resort for a second ski break in which kids have acquired the basics but want to hone their skis with as much time on the slopes as possible.
5. Paganella, Italy
Italians take their kids everywhere, and seeing children out late at night isn’t an unusual sight. Therefore, almost all Italian resorts would be suited to a New Year skiing break. That said, the nursery slopes at Paganella in northern Italy make it particularly well-suited to families with younger kids.
Snow tubing and ice karts are on offer to break up the skiing, and there’s even a Fun Park located in the resort to head to if the snow isn’t living up to its usual good reputation for fun skiing during the New Year holidays.
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