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Posted on Thursday 17th December 2015 | Steve Thomas

Five most family friendly ski resorts

Those of us that enjoy snow sports will know that there is nothing better than a week on the slopes. However, for those with a young family, choosing a resort and holiday that is sympathetic to family life can prove difficult. A resort that has various accommodation types, in addition to a variety of runs for different abilities, will be sought after by many families.

Here we have detailed the five best family friendly ski resorts in the Alps, enabling you to concentrate on brushing up on your snow plough!

1) Meribel

With its wooded surroundings, extensive mountain expanse and village-style feel, it is not hard to see why the French resort of Meribel is popular with both families and friendship groups alike. The resort is home to a large selection of runs, meaning every member of the family, whatever their level, is sure to enjoy their skiing experience. Horse sleigh tours or ice skating could both be on the cards if you holiday in Meribel, along with having fun on water slides and relaxing in a spa, all housed in the Olympic centre, built for the 1992 Winter Olympics! Coupled with a wide variety of shops and amenities, Meribel makes for a perfect family resort.

2) Megeve

This developing French resort boasts a lovely village feel, which is perfect for families. It hosts a wide range of runs suitable for both the beginner and intermediate skier and, for those with young children, its reputation for its excellent childcare services will undoubtedly be appreciated. With a variety of accommodation types and great restaurants, this resort rightly proves popular with families.

3) Val d’Isere

Situated roughly two and a quarter hours from Geneva airport, the beautiful resort of Val d'Isere is a hub of high altitude pistes, restaurants, bars and upmarket chalets and hotels. With its highest altitude measuring at almost 3,400 metres, it is a perfect resort for families that are familiar with skiing. In mid-December each year, visitors to this resort will be lucky enough to witness the Critérium de la Première Neige, a Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) competition, where they can gain some inspiration from watching the professionals in action.

4) Nendaz

With its glorious, mountainous scenery and its location within the 4 Vallées, Nendaz proves to be a popular and much-loved resort by families. This magnificent Swiss resort oozes fun! Sledging fans can hire sledges from the resort from as little as 10 CHF and take advantage of the 3km long sledge run. Skiers wanting to recharge their batteries can relax in the resort's spa, Spa Des Bissis. As well as brilliant activities, Nendaz hosts a range of shops and restaurants, making it a perfect location for a family snow holiday.

5) Verbier

For families thinking of perhaps an early or late season skiing holiday, the breathtaking Swiss resort of Verbier could prove ideal. Due to its high altitude, plenty of snowfall is assured and this, coupled with its lively and bustling atmosphere and abundance of amenities, makes this resort a popular one for families. With over 100 lifts that access over 400km of piste, there will sure to be slopes to suit all the family! Verbier offers a fun and lively holiday for the whole family!

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