Best Family Friendly Ski Resorts

Taking the whole family on a holiday can seem like a mission, and we totally get it! Finding a destination the whole family will enjoy, within your budget can be quite tricky. Our snow loving team have created a list of the top ski destinations for families and why we love them.

Panorama Mountain Resort, Canada

Family in Panorama

Panorama, Photo Credit: Panorama

Panorama is an awesome destination for a family ski holiday. Located in Canada’s scenic British Columbia it is a breeze to get to. Flying into Calgary, you will be able to then jump on a transfer directly to the resort, taking the hassle out of any connections.

Panorama village is easy to navigate with dining, shopping, chairlifts, and Panorama’s famous mountain side hot pools, only a short walk away from any point. The ski facilities are the real draw card for families visiting Panorama. The skiable terrain covers 2,975 acres, ranging from magic carpets to more advanced terrain, perfect for when parents or the kiddies get more confident on the slopes. The range of accommodation styles also vary from hotel rooms to apartment options, catering to all different dynamics and styles of holiday. The best thing about Panorama is that they offer kids ski free promotions, yes you read that correctly! Panorama also offers great discounts for early bookers.

Sun Peaks Resort, Canada

Family in Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks, Photo Credit: Reuben Krabbe

Another fantastic family friendly Canadian ski resort is Sun Peaks. The resort is easily accessible with transfers departing the closest airport Kamloops, daily. From the airport it only take just over 45 minutes to reach this awesome resort. Sun Peaks is known for having an excellent ski school, impeccable resort facilities and it’s unique ski-through village makes it ideal for families looking to “flop and drop” once they get to their resort. Sun Peaks is ideal for the little ones with dining, snow activities, and terrain all available a short stroll from the main village.

Having 4,270 aces of terrain, Sun Peaks is the second biggest ski resort in Canada. Sun Peaks offers something for all levels of ability, from perfectly groomed beginner runs to mind blowing off-piste terrain, that will have the adults feeling like kids again. Sun Peaks also offers kids ski free, which means you can save some money to experience the many activities on offer at Sun Peaks. It’s no wonder families come back to Sun Peaks season after season.

Shiga Kogen, Japan

Family in Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen, Photo Credit: Shiga Kogen

If you are looking for something off the beaten track, which combines skiing with a cultural element, then we would highly recommend a family ski-cation to Shiga Kogen. Flying into Tokyo, you will have the option of bus transfers or travelling on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains to the mountain, an experience everyone will enjoy.

Shiga Kogen boasts family friendly facilities, traditional Japanese cultural activities and as Japan is known for, huge snowfall. Shiga Kogen also has snow play areas in a few locations throughout the resort and childcare options, perfect for the days when parents are wanting to shred that fresh Ja-Pow.

We recommend families stay at the Prince Hotel Shiga Kogen, which includes buffets and a great selection of dining options that cater for most palates. The Hotel also offers equipment hire on site and convenience stores for those crucial midnight snacks. Shiga Kogen is Japan’s highest and largest ski resort, offering a wide variety of terrain to suit all ages and levels of riders

Whistler, Canada

Family of Whistler

Whistler, Photo Credit: Justa Jeskova

Another favourite ski resort for families, is wonderful Whistler. Whistler is one of the best ski resorts in the world for anyone looking to shred, especially families. It has everything you could ever want, and more. Not only are there more activities than you could ever imagine fitting into one ski holiday, including dog sledding, tubing, ziplining and ice skating, but Whistler’s ski facilities are also excellent.

The kids are going to love the adventure camps and awesome ski school, which will have them exploring Canada’s largest ski resort. Parents will also thoroughly enjoy the diverse terrain and the many apres-ski options too. Having a purpose-built walk-through ski village, makes getting around Whistler super easy, the kids will have a “snow” ball.

Thinking about taking the kids on a ski holiday? For all the latest information on our family ski deals speak to one of our ski travel specialists.

Blog by Grace Kearney.
Posted: July 2022