If you are thinking of taking a break with the family this winter, then keep reading. There are many great winter holiday destinations, but these are the best.
Choosing an appropriate winter holiday destination for your family can be a challenge. If you make the wrong decisions, your vacation could turn into a stressful and unpleasant time for your whole family, including yourself. But traveling with your family can also be the most gratifying experience. It all depends on how well prepared you are. In the following article, we’ve compiled a list of the top winter holiday destinations for young families. Within this list, you will find destinations that you probably never thought about. Maybe you will find your next travel destination. Let’s have a look at it!
1. Courchevel, France
Located in the French Alps, Courchevel is a beautiful alpine valley with activities for every age group. In this magnificent place, families will have a chance to experience pure, unfiltered natural sceneries. Courchevel contains incredible views of the Alps, including the iconic Mont Blanc. You can have isolation from the outside world and a chance to enjoy a quiet and natural vacation as a family. In addition, Courchevel offers plenty of family-friendly restaurants and shops that you can use at your convenience. In the city, you will find activities for smaller and bigger children, including bowling, ice skating, climbing, adventure camp, sledding and even hot air balloons and helicopter rides. Of course, you also have the opportunity to take your family skiing. Courchevel offers every activity to make your family’s skiing experience a success. You will be able to take ski lessons, as well as rent equipment. There are specified slopes for children and beginners, also called ZEN areas (Zones for the Evolution of Novices). Here, safety is always the highest priority, so you can feel confident letting your little ones take off on their own. If you have bigger children, (or if you’re still a child at heart) Courchevel is definitely a winter holiday destination to be considered.
2. Geneva, Switzerland
If you’re more interested in a big city winter vacation, have a look at Geneva. Geneva is part of the French-speaking canton of Romandy, located in the Swiss Alps. Geneva might not be one of the most common winter holiday destinations, but it’s definitely worth giving this outsider some consideration. Although Geneva is, without a doubt, pleasant during summer months, the winter and the snow just adds a little bit of extra magic to the city. Geneva is a unique destination when it comes to museums and cultural experiences. Historical sites and buildings abound. For example, the Musee D’art et D’histoire gives you and your family a chance to learn the local history of the city, as well as the rest of Switzerland. The museum also has a section for ancient history. Here you will make new discoveries about the history of ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. But that’s not all. You can also use Geneva as a starting point for your family’s ski trip. The local Swiss inhabitants flock to the nearby Mont Jure during the winter season, which offers ski slopes for the whole family, as well as beautiful and historical chalets for your accommodation. Geneva offers young families a cultural experience, as well as an active recreational holiday.
3. St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria is also known as the cradle of skiing. There are a number of interesting reasons behind this nickname. First of all, the inhabitants of St. Anton recognized very early the importance of ski tourism. They built the first international ski resort way back in 1895. Some would say this is where ski tourism originated. The area is also famous for a ski school that was established here in 1922, where the legendary Hannes Schneider taught students many new and revolutionary ski techniques. This ski academy has turned many beginners into well-developed skiers. The academy is still open, along with a multitude of other ski academies. This makes St. Anton the perfect place for young family members to learn the ropes before hitting the slopes.
4. Milan, Italy
Surprised to find Milan on the list of winter holiday destinations? We don’t blame you. Milan is definitely not one of the most obvious choices for a winter holiday, but it does come with its own set of advantages to visit Milan during the colder months. First of all, Milan is terribly crowded in the summer. All of the museums and attractions have endless lines of tourists queued up in front. Visiting these attractions during the winter feels like skipping the line. There’s barely any people there. You and your family will get a chance to see The Last Supper and other famous paintings by Leonardo DaVinci without getting pushed around by angry and sweaty tourists. But there are other good reasons why Milan is on the list of great winter holiday destinations. Hotels and restaurants are cheaper! It can be an expensive affair to take your family out for dinner in Milan during the summer months, but you save a considerable amount of money on your restaurant bill in the winter. Visiting Italy during the summer can also be a dreadfully hot experience. This is especially difficult to handle for the younger members of your family. During the off-season, Milan becomes a surprisingly pleasant city to live in. If you or your family members get overwhelmed by museums and other cultural attractions, Milan also offers tourists a chance to hit the ski slopes, as the alps are only a short drive away.
5. Verbier, Switzerland
Switzerland is truly a paradise for skiers. It’s location in the alps give it a unique appeal as a winter holiday destination, and the alpine village of Verbier is no different. Here you will find small family-friendly restaurants, as well as a laid-back alpine atmosphere. But don’t expect activity centers or a big shopping mall at every corner. Verbier is dedicated to skiing, so this is what most of the activities in the area is centered around. If you have small children, you might find that there’s a lack of activities for them at Verbier. The ski slopes in the area are not suitable for beginners. They are better for older children (ages 10 and up), and adults. It is also possible to do snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, free riding, off-piste, night ski touring and much more. If you have older children, and you’re looking for a winter holiday out of the ordinary, Verbier is an excellent choice.
Don’t Miss These Winter Holiday Destinations!
Choosing a holiday destination is all about budget and temperament. Having to take care of young children while traveling often puts restrictions on where you can go, and what you can do. We believe that this list contains something suitable for every young family. We hope that you got inspired. If you’re ready to depart, click here to learn more about how we help young families travel stress-free.