Whether it’s childcare or fine food you crave,
Kate Whittaker, Managing Director at MadDogSki
(www.maddogski.com), rounds up the best options:
Best for babies and toddlers: La Tania, France. La Tania (www.latania.com) has nursery slopes at village level but is part of the huge Les Trois Vallées area, so parents can also enjoy challenging slopes. It is also below the tree line, so parents can take children on wonderful woodland walks. Chalet company Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk) offers superb childcare, where British-trained nannies look after children from as young as three months.
Best for beginners: Peisey, France. Peisey (www.peisey-vallandry.com) is a village attached to the Les Arcs ski area which has lots of gentle wide-open mountainsides – perfect for easing you in.
Best for après-ski: Mayrhofen, Austria. No one does après-ski quite like the Austrians. Mayrhofen (www.mayrhofen.at) has dozens of mountain bars: the Ice Bar at the base station is great for full-on fun, but we recommend Mo’s for live music, or Scotland Yard for great pizza.
Best for food: South Tyrol, Italy and Val d’Isère, France. South Tyrol (www.suedtirol.info) boasts
15 Michelin stars at its 14 restaurants, so you are spoilt for choice. But how does roast sea bass with celeriac truffle and ratte potatoes sound? This is
a taste of what’s on offer from chef Oliver Clarke who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes. And the venue? Your own chalet – one of the five Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isère (www.lechardonvaldisere.com).
Best for value: Morzine, France. Morzine
(www.morzine-avoriaz.com) offers easy access to the huge Portes du Soleil’s 650km piste. A six-day pass for this incredible range costs £184 for adults and £147 for children. The resort is also close to Geneva Airport for low-cost flights.
There are plenty more fantastic travel ideas in our Ski & activity section including our Family-friendly skiing destinations article.