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Best family ski resorts at Christmas


If your biggest wish for Christmas is to spend some quality time o the slopes together with your family, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of the best child-friendly ski resorts, you can go to during the holidays.

But in order to do that, I first had to answer two important questions:

  1. What makes a ski resort family-friendly? 
  2. What makes a ski resort especially worth visiting for Christmas (compared to other resorts)?

What makes a ski resort family-friendly?

I became a father a couple of years ago, so my priorities regarding finding the perfect ski resort of the season have begun to change.

It’s no longer the longest ski runs, the steepest slopes, nor the tallest peaks, I look for.

Clubbing or drinking till late at night at a bar? Forget about it!

So what should I look for instead? I decided to write a list of things, that I find to be the most important things in a family-friendlys ski resort.

If you’ve got any good advice or anything I forgot to put on the list, please let me know. I’d love to hear from the more experienced parents out there, who’ve brought their kids on ski trips. 🙂

So here’s a list of things, which I look for in a family-friendly ski resort. These things are subject to change, as the kids get older and better at skiing. Thus I’ve written the list in such a way, that the further down you go, the older and better at skiing the kids have to be:

  • Childcare facilities.
  • Family and child lift pass deals (important no matter the age/level of the kids).
  • Magic carpets and human-operated lifts with slow-down-buttons for an extra safe and calmer loading and unloading.
  • Ski and – let’s face it – snowboard instructors who are used to teaching kids and speak our native language (which happens in my case to be Danish). Speaking our native language get less important as kids get older.
  • Easy beginners’ slopes – greens and blues.
  • Fun challenges for kids like rollers, slalom courses, snow carousels, and funslopes.
  • After skiing activities for kids e.g. a water park, sledding areas, a playground with the possibility to build snowmen, an igloo or have a snowball fight. Maybe even the possibility for a sleigh ride or husky ride.
  • A town with no or low traffic.
  • Other things to do, when the kids (or the adults) are to tired to ski – like a wellness center with a spa, possibilities to go shopping or maybe a bowling alley or swimming pool.

Personally, I would never take my kids on a ski trip, just to put them in childcare like a kindergarten. I’d rather wait until, they’re old enough to ski, or ski less and spend the rest of the day with them. In any case, it is always nice with a changing station at the slopeside chalets or the hotel room. It’s no dealbreaker though. 

What makes a ski resort worth visiting for Christmas?

So what makes a ski resort worth visiting for Christmas?

I live in Denmark, where you’re lucky to see a white Christmas. The most common scenario here is a grey slushy Christmas. It’s a good Christmas if it doesn’t rain!

So because I’m mostly used to overcast Holidays, I’m a hopeless dreamer when it comes to Christmas! I like…

  • Pines and chalet roofs covered in a thick layer of snow
  • Snow falling slowly and silent from the winter sky
  • Frostwork on the window panes
  • The sound of snow crunching underfoot
  • Clear nights a deep blue sky with lots of stars

In other words, I like a white Christmas with lots of snow!

This is all up to the Clerk of the Weather, of course. But I can up my changes for lots of snow, by looking for a ski resort with lots of snow.

But what else makes up a family-friendly Christmas ski resort then? Here are a few extra things, I like to see:

  • A Christmas market with things like:
    • a huge Christmas tree
    • caroling
    • food stalls with good unhealthy things like Danish doughnuts, pancakes, sugar roasted almonds or chestnuts, fresh gingerbread, mulled wine, and hot cocoa
  • Fun Christmas-related activities for the kids, e.g.: 
    • a playground with straw bales to jump in and build forts with
    • sleigh rides
    • Santa Claus
    • an ice skating rink with performances
    • ice sculptures
    • pony rides
    • merry-go-rounds and carousels
  • The possibility to attend Midnight Mass in the town church
  • Celebration on Christmas Eve at the chalet or hotel with good food and wine

Now, I don’t need all of these things of course, but they are things, I’d certainly look for (and wish for) when I have to choose a family-friendly ski resort for Christmas.

11 best family ski resorts at Christmas

Now we got some basic things to look for, when we have to choose a good ski resort at Christmas with lots of fun activities for the whole family – on and off the pistes.

So let’s have a look, at some excellent resorts, which offer a lot of these things.

 1. Avoriaz, France

Avoriaz in France is a good bet for a family ski resort at Christmas. Sitting at an altitude of 1,800 m with a top elevation of 2,466 m it is a snow-sure resort.

It is a purpose-built town that mostly consists of apartments. So you have to bring your own food or dine at some of the many restaurants in town.

Being a purpose built town, it is not the most beautiful ski resort on earth. But what it lacks in charm, it more than makes up for with over 600 km of groomed slopes as part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. So there are plenty of green and blue slopes to choose from.

Activities for the kids

With four terrain parks, there’s also a lot of fun to be had for the kids when skiing with the old slow parents on groomers get too boring.

Avoriaz is home to the “Village des Enfants” (“The Children’s Village”), where kids can learn to ski. As they get the hang of it, they go to “Riglet Park” or “Lil’stash”, which are two areas exclusively for children.

If the kids get tired of skiing, you can go to the Aquariaz water park instead to have fun.

Avoriaz offers free ski passes for children under 5. And during the Christmas holidays Avoriaz offers a free ski pass “Free Kids” for children under 12 years.

Avoiraz at Christmas

Avoriaz has a Christmas show with a lot of cool stuff going on. From December 22 to 5 January Avoriaz i home to a winter wonderland lit up by thousands of lights.

Santa Claus is coming to town to distribute gifts to all the kids.

You can build your own igloo. 

There’s also music and a pyrotechnic show and more than 200 ski instructors descent the slopes with torches in their hands.

And all the sleds with beautiful ornaments will make a parade.

For these reasons, I think Avoriaz is a good family-friendly ski resort to visit at Christmas.

2. La Tania, France

La Tania is another purpose-built resort in the French part of the Alps. Because it lies in a forest, it is much more charming than other satellite cities like Avoriaz or Tignes.

The resort itself is only sitting at an altitude of 1,350 m, but with slopes going all the way up to 3,230 m, you there’s a good chance of snow. 

La Tania consists of a mix of apartments, hotels, and chalets, which are spread out among trees. The buildings are built with a traditional wooden look, which again is a contrast to the concrete hotels and apartments in a lot of other purpose-built resorts.

Though the village itself is rather small it has easy access to Les 3 Vallées (The Three Valleys) with over 600 km of runs. With 48 green beginner slopes and 135 easy blue slopes, there’s plenty of fun to be had for everyone. The Courchevel and Meribel ski areas of the Three Valleys are the two closest to La Tania. La Tania is the least expensive of the three.

Eco-friendly and family-friendly village

The village family-friendly as well as eco-friendly. The village center is traffic free, which gives a nice cozy atmosphere. And the resort facilities are powered by a hydro-electric system. There are even slopes going through the village, so you can ski all the way to your front door.

The beginner area with lots of easy green slopes are sitting right by the village. There’s even a free beginners draglift (the “Troika”), which is open all season.

La Tania offers free ski passes for children under 4, as well as ski schools.

La Tania also offers a kindergarten (La Tanière des Croés) with indoors and outdoors activities, which takes kids from four months to five years of old. Half-days and full days are possibly as well as lunch.

La Tania at Christmas

La Tania doesn’t put up as big a Christmas spectacle like some of the bigger resorts. But you’ll get to see Santa Claus skiing down the slopes and fireworks. And if your kid want to, he or she can join a lit torch descent of the slopes into the village center. You register for the descent a the Tourism Office.

You can even arrange for Father Christmas to come to your chalet 24th or 25th December. You need to register at the Tourism Office, where you can also enjoy a cup of Vin chaud (mulled wine/Gluhwein).

Even though La Tania is a small village and doesn’t have as many activities to offer, as some of the bigger resorts, it is a very charming resort with a good atmosphere. La Tania instead encapsulates the spirit of Christmas due to its Northeast-facing tree runs, its wooden signature architecture and its traffic-free streets.

3. Alpbach, Austria

Going to Alpbach in Austria is like visiting a postcard.

The village is situated on a sunny plateau at 1,000m and is made up by the traditional timber farmhouses and mountain lodges, which are typical of the Kitzbüheler Alps. There’s a unique homogenous rustic look to the town, due to strict building regulations, which have been adhered to since 1953.

In the summer the terraces are filled with beautiful floral decorations. In the winter, the snow-covered tree-filled 1,899m Gratlspitz mountain overlooking the village, make Alpbach look like something out of a fairytale.

There’s a good reason why Alpbach has been voted the most beautiful village in Austria.

Cozy village and quiet pistes

When it comes to skiing, Alpbach has a lot to offer. Since 2012 the resort has been connected to the Wildschönau valley and been part of the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau area, with 110 km of groomed ski runs for all levels of skiers.

The pistes are quiet, and the lifts are fast with short queues. The nursery slopes are in Alpbach itself, but you have to take a five-minute free bus ride to get to the Wiedersbergerhornbahn gondola.

Alpbach also is home to two ski schools.

Alpbach at Christmas

Come Christmas time, Alpbach turns the authentic Tyrolean charm up another notch.

On Advent, you can visit the St. Nicholas market, with traditional music, local handicraft, horse-drawn sleigh rides, homemade culinary products like Zelten. There’s usually a family ski opening in mid-December with fun for the kids, and a ski show performed by the local ski schools in the end of December or the beginning of January.

If you got a car, you can visit the nearby Mideaval village of Rattenberg 10km away. Here you can listen to traditional music, stories and enjoy authentic Austrian handicraft at the Advent markets. On these days, Rattenberg is solely illuminated by candles, torches and open fires.

Non-skiing activites in Alpbach

If you get bored of skiing, but still want the thrill of riding down the slopes, you can take a snow-hike in the beautiful landscape or go tobogganing. Or you can take a ride on the Alpbachtaler Lauser Sauser Alpine Coaster.

The coaster starts next to the Wiedersbergerhorn gondola lift top station and reaches speeds of up to 40 km/h on the 134 vertical meter ride.

Children between three and eight can ride aboard a sled in the company of someone, who is over eight years of age and over 1,30 meters in height.

Like La Tania in France, Alpbach is a small village. It doesn’t put up a spectacle at Christmas like the big resorts, and it doesn’t have a vast amount of activities to do besides skiing. It’s a quiet beautiful ski resort, full of atmosphere and Tyrolean charm. But it is a lovely winter wonderland belonging to a fairy tale, and for that, I’d call it a family resort to visit for Christmas.

I wouldn’t recommend Alpbach for toddlers though but as the kids get older and can get around the mountains themselves, they’ll also be able to appreciate the sheer beauty and quiet ski runs and short lift queues of this place. 

4. Obergurgl, Austria

This is probably the most crazy promotional video for a ski resort, I’ve ever seen! I love it.

Obergurgl is another Austrian gem. It is the highest parish in Austria and sits at an elevation of 1,930 m and is surrounded by 21 mountains with peaks higher than 3,000 meters. The pistes run at an altitude between 1,800 – 3,080 m., making it one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps. Because of this, the season in Obergurgl stretches from mid-November to early May.

The village centre is free from cars which gives a nice relaxed atmosphere. And you can ski all the way into the village on nice gentle slopes.

Together with Hochgurgl, Obergurgl forms the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl “Diamond of the Alps” ski area in the Ötztal Alps with 110 km of groomed slopes. The slopes are beginner and family-friendly, and if you’re into powder and freeriding, this is just the place to be as well.

Obergurgl lies at the far end of the Ötztal Gurglertal valley, which it shares with the bigger resort of Sölden further up the valley. This means that the pistes are relatively quiet, compared to it’s bigger sister.

But there’s only a 16-minute ride in a car or bus from Obergurgl to Sölden, and with the Ötztal Super Skipass, you can ski the huge area of Sölden – with its two glaciers and three slopes over 3,000 m – as well.

In fact, if you buy any ski pass valid for more than three days, you will be given the Ötztal Super Skipass, which will give you unlimited valley wide access to not only Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Sölden but also the family-friendly destinations Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent. This brings the total number of ski runs up to 356 km!

Great opportunities for children in Obergurgl

Kids between 3 – 8 years of age can ski for free together with their parents.

Children, three years and older, can join the Bobo Ski Club and meet BOBO the penguin – the much-loved ski school mascot. There’s also a Bobo Kindergarten with childcare for the cold days.

The kids learn to ski in a separate ski area, with magic carpets, children’s lifts, funslopes, adventure course, wave run, and other fun things to try out.

A lot of the chalets in the area also offer childcare services.

When your quads need to rest, there’s also a lot of other things to do in the area, way too much to cover here – especially if you’re going to visit some of the other resorts included in the Super Skipass. E.g., you could visit the worlds highest motorcycle museum at the Top Mountain Crosspoint in Hochgurgl or the “007 ELEMENTS” James Bond Cinematic installation inside the peak of Gaislachkogl in Sölden.

Christmas time in Obergurgl

Come Christmas time you can spend join the hut evening with live local music and regional food, visit a free Advent concert with a local choir of South Tyrolian wind ensemble or go to the Christmas market in the center of Obergurgl and have some mulled wine and buy some local wood-craft or decoration articles.

A lot of properties also put together a traditional Christmas dinner with pudding an mince pies with coffee.

There’s also night skiing on floodlit runs and tobogganing when the weather permits. At 9 pm, there’s a fantastic ski show put on by Obergurgl’s ski school at Festkogl Alm. sometimes with fireworks and hotairballoons lighting up the starry skies.

Obergurgl really has it all when it comes to skiing and activities for the whole family. It doesn’t put up as big a Christmas spectacle as some of the bigger resorts e.g. in France, but it is enough and it manages to keep its traditional charm. For that reason, Obergurgl has become a favorite of mine and a good candidate for the best family ski resort at Christmas.

5. Megève, France

Megève is a resort in the French Alps near Mont Blanc, which took off as a ski destination when the Rothschild family started spending skiing there. The town has a long history as a posh destination – from the French aristocracy, over the Rothschilds in the 1920s till today’s rich and famous. 

Megève was purpose-built as a  ski resort in the 1920s. Because of this, there’s rustic charm to the town, which distinguishes it from newer concrete built purpose-built resorts in France. The town is beautiful rivaling some of the traditional rustic charm of some of the best  Austrian resorts.

Good facilities for children

Megève is part of the “Domaine Évasion Mont-Blanc” ski area, which covers 445 km of nicely groomed slopes. The ski area has 76 km green and 110 km blue pistes, which makes Megève a haven for beginners and families.

You can ski down to the villages of Megève, St. Gervais, St. Nicolas de Veroce, Combloux, and La Giettaz from the “Evasion Mont-blanc” ski area. Megève as a ski resort is often referred to as Megève/Saint-Gervais.

Megève has ski school for kids (three years and older), child care facilities and babysitters (day and evening).

Christmas in Megève

The Christmas holidays kicks off with lighting of the huge Christmas tree (usually in the first weekend of December) and a concert at the village square.

In the days leading up to Christmas Eve, there’re further entertainment shows at the village square, a Christmas Village for kids between 3 to 11, and on the 24th of December, you can watch “La Parade du Père Noël” – a parade with Santa Claus sitting in a carriage, elves, and torches. There often a Christmas concert to attend in the church Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste.

Megève is a high-class resort – I mean, where else do you find an international polo tournament and golf tournament played in the snow? Oh, and there’s five Michelin star restaurants in the area if you get hungry.

Megève offers a picture-perfect Christmas for the whole family if you’re willing to pay the price. Because the resort isn’t exactly cheap – but skiing isn’t exactly cheap anyway.

 6. Tremblant, Canada

Tremblant (or Mont-Tremblant) in Canada is a bit of a wildcard on this list, due to its low altitude. Tremblant’s summit sits at a mere 875 m, which is not very high – especially compared to some of the +3,000 meter slopes in the other resorts on this list.

The resort is in the Laurentians in Quebec and offers 102 ski trails and is covered with over 1,000 snowguns to compensate for the low-altitude.

There are 22 easy, 31 difficult and 49 very difficult ski runs, which makes this a very versatile resort for the whole family. The longest trail – the Nansen – is 6 km long.

Family-friendly resort

Mont-Tremblant is a beautiful village. The buildings – even the church – are painted in bright colors which give the resort a fairy tale look. You can ski all the way down to the pedestrianized village, which only adds to the magical atmosphere of this place.

Mont-Tremblant offers a lot of different choices for kids who want to learn to ski or get better at it. E.g., children 3 to 5 years can attend the Mother Nature Camp for a day, which includes a ½ day of group skiing and ½ day of activities on the snow, as well as a supervised healthy lunch.

There are also 4-day group lessons available for skiers and snowboarders 3 to 12 years old during the holiday season and spring school breaks.

Mont-Tremblant at Christmas

At Christmas, Tremblant turns into a magical winter wonderland.

The real Santa Claus (of course – who else is there?!) usually shows and hand out gifts to the children. There is also a Christmas parade and a visit from Toufou, the village mascot, as well as a visit from the popular Grelot family of elves. In other words, dance, music, songs and acrobatics.

There’s also a lumberjack day where you get to experience the folklore of Quebec, treasure hunts and much more.

Tremblant might be a small low-altitude resort, but it is such a beautiful village, which put on a charming show for Christmas. It’s definitely a family-friendly resort to visit during the Holidays.

7. Åre, Sweden

Åre in Sweden is a good snow-sure ski resort early-on in the season because it is placed high up North (latitude of 63.4). The pistes are usually open from the end of November or start of December, which means a white Christmas.

Åre ski resort is comprised of the three areas Åre By (village), Åre Björnen (bear), and Duved. Together the three areas have more than 90 km of nicely groomed slopes, with the longest being approximately 6,500 m. At night some of the slopes are usually flooded with lights, so you can ski in the evening.

Åre By offers the most challenging pistes of the three areas. From the top of Åreskutan at 1,420 m you get a beautiful panoramic view of Åresjon lake and the tree-filled slopes. Don’t let the low altitude discard you. Åre is home to some very demanding World Cup slopes and has a difference in elevation of almost 1,000 meters.

Duved is home to broad tree-lined boulevards which are great for those big carving turns.

Åre for the kids

Åre Björnen is awesome for kids and beginners, and offer a lot of nursery slopes, and a toboggan run. There’s a lot of activities going on for the kids, e.g., a fairy tale forest in Bearland and the beloved Åre mascot named ‘Valle’. Valle has a ski school for kids, has a show and offer child-care services.

Valle is the official mascot at VM in Åre 2019 (from 4-17 February).

There are also red groomers for the more experienced skiers in Åre Björnen, so while the kids ski together with Valle, the parents can take a couple of runs by themselves.

If you want to mix things up, you can go for a husky sledding experience, try some cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.

Christmas in Åre

From the beginning till mid-December you can learn how to make your own wreath to hang on your door of the ski hut. Or you can watch the “Luciatåg” (Saint Lucia parade) with singing at Åre Old Church.

Åre is only a quick sleigh ride away from the home of Santa Claus (who everyone knows live in Greenland). So of course the kids will also get to meet Father Christmas at the village square in Åre.

Also at the village square in Åre, you can get glögg (mulled wine) and by local craftsmanship and food. And the 24th December, you can sing and dance around the Christmas tree together with all the other guests.

In Åre you’re guaranteed a white Christmas in a nice family-friendly atmosphere, with good facilities for beginners and children. Sweden (in general) is the budget-friendly choice compared to the steep prices in Norway. And the ski runs are just as varied and good.

The downside to choosing a resort in the Northern party of Scandinavia though is, that it can be really cold.

8. Hemsedal, Norway

Hemsedal in Norway offers something for the whole family. Deemed the “Scandinavian Alps” the resort offers 44 km pistes between 620 m – 1450 m. Three peaks are above 1,000 m.

Approximately 30 km of the pistes are considered easy, which makes this a great resort for beginners and children. But there are also some very good reds and difficult black slopes, so there’s something for everyone.

While the altitudes don’t sound like much compared to the massive Alps at the heart of Europe, the fact that Hemsedal is placed a couple of hours drive North of Oslo make the resort snow-sure from mid-December. In other words, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Hemsedal is a sure bet.

Hemsedal for the kids

There is a lot of fun to be had for the kids in Hemsedal. Like Åre in Sweden, the resort is owned by SkiStar. This means that you can have fun with Valle the mascot, who arrange activities for the kids like skiing together, driving a scootertaxi and a stage show.

There’s also a good ski school for the kids. It is a good idea to book in advance though, or else you might not get a spot.

If you rent one of the “SkiStar Lodge Alpin Studio Ski View”-lodges you’re staying right next to the Childrens area and also get a nice view of the kids’ lift, which is only 25 meters away.

Kids age 10-14 at all levels can join the “Jib Academy” and learn to jump and try to ski on rails. There’s even a small fun competition in the end.

Christmas in Hemsedal

Nothing spells Christmas like spending the Holidays in a hut with ski in/ski out in Norway. If you’re extra lucky, you might even get to see the Aurora Borealis.

At Christmas there’s something extra for the kids as well. The 24th December the kids can enjoy a warm Christmas porridge in “Valleskogen” together with Valle, and there’s also a special Christmas show on the stage.

In the afternoon the 24th December you can visit Hemsedal Church for a nice Christmas service (in Norwegian).

In the evening the whole family can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner at “Lodgen Spiseri”.

Hemsedal is one of the best family ski resorts at Christmas. The downside to Hemsedal (as well as the rest of the Scandinavian resorts) is that it can be very cold. With temperatures between minus 15 and minus 30 degrees Celcius (5°F – minus 22°F) not unheard of, the whole family needs some warm isolated ski clothing.

You can read more on how to choose a ski jacket for cold conditions in this article.

9. Zermatt, Switzerland

How does spending your Christmas with a view to the iconic Matterhorn mountain sound? If it is something, you’d like, you should go to Zermatt in Switzerland.

Zermatt is connected to the famous Cervinia ski area in Italy by the Plateau Rosa glacier, which is the highest skiable glacier in Europe sitting at 3,500 m. So a snow-sure Christmas is guaranteed.

The ski area features 322 km pistes at elevations between 1,562 and 3,899 meters for all levels of skiers.

Zermatt features the worlds highest and fanciest gondola, which will take you all the way up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at the Klein Matterhorn at 3,820 meters.

Zermatt for the kids

Zermatt has some good activities for the kids. The “Wolli Card” (valid for one year) gives children up to the age of nine a host of benefits, e.g., free use of all lifts, a free bed in their parents’ room, no holiday taxes, events, games, discounts, and their own website.

There’re also a ski school for kids, toboggan runs, winter hiking for kids, snow tubing, and ice skating. And if the weather is bad, you can visit Wolli’s playroom for families.

If your quads are killing you, you can visit the underground Matterhorn Museum or the cinema if you want to mix things up. Or take the Gornergrat train to the top of Gornergrat at 3,098 m, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Matterhorn.

Zermatt at Christmas

Christmas in Zermatt is kicked off with the Christmas Tree Opening Ceremony at the end of November.

You can visit the black nose sheep in the Julen sheep barn at the edge of the village of Zermatt, try the local exquisite cuisine, go to pop, classical or jazz music events, learn how to make coffee like a true barista, go for a walk with snow-shoes or watch the moonlight descend over Rothorn.

On the 24th of December Wolli (the village mascot – a black nose sheep of course) will distribute gifts for the children together with an angel at the Church square.

Zermatt has it all, when it comes to having a magical family-friendly Christmas with some of the best skiing in the world.

All this doesn’t come cheap. Zermatt is expensive and rather posh. I mean, where else in the world do you find “Crystal ride” gondola cabins encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals and glass bottom floors?

But if you want to spend a little more and get a bit a glimmer and glamour for Christmas, you should try Zermatt.

10. Snowmass, USA

Snowmass is part of the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort in Colorado, US, and consists of four mountains with 243 km of trails which wind down the mountains at altitudes between 2,473 and 3,813 meters. The longest run is 8.5 km.

The Snowmass mountain (the biggest of the area) is known for its’ family-friendly ski runs, which are wide and excellent for those wide carving turns.

At the bottom of the pistes, you’ll find Snowmass Village, a purpose-built resort, which has ski-in/ski-out lodging.

If you and the kids are into parks and pipes, Snowmass got you covered with three different terrain parks, which are placed in the top of the Transworld Snowboarding Magazine’s annual rankings.

Snowmass for the kids

Snowmass offers a lot of fun stuff for the kids to explore.

Ski passes are free for children six and under, and there’s an excellent ski school, which takes kids from the age of two.

The check-in point itself is something to remember: it is a 25,000-square-foot facility called the “Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center”. Here you’ll find interactive educational rooms, with a lot of activities for the kids.

If the quads are killing you, or the weather is bad, you can always go to the 18,000-square feet Recreation Center, which offers fitness rooms, climbing and bouldering walls, and saline outdoor pools, which are open year round.

Outside there’s an alpine coaster – the “Breathtaker” – which drop more than 400 vertical feet on a mile long track.

Christmas at Snowmass

Christmas in Snowmass kicks off with a grand opening in mid-December with live and D music, ice sculptures, a holiday market, ice skating, indoor rock climbing, and fireworks. The kids can have their photo taken together with Santa.

In the days leading up to Christmas Eve, there’re more chances for the kids to meet Santa, and you can enjoy carolers in Snowmass Mall and Base Village.

You can also enjoy a guided moonlit trek in snow-shoes or cross-country ski tour and a dinner, with hot cocoa and cookies. But don’t hesitate until the last minute before booking this trip, because the dinners usually sell out quickly.

Snowmass really has it all, when it comes to celebrating Christmas with the family on skis. As a purpose-built town, it doesn’t have the charm, that the villages in Norway, Sweden or Austria do. But it is more charming than some of the concrete monstrousities, you find in France.

And the ski schools and terrain parks are some of the best, there are. For that, Snowmass is definitely one of the best family ski resorts at Christmas.

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