Whether you spend your days conquering the ski runs or curling up by the roaring fire, a winter holiday ticks all the boxes. Envisage your clan scampering through the snow, tackling the art of skiing or snowboarding or simply creating snow angels in the fresh powder. Many ski resorts carefully cater to families with special kids' snow schools to help little ones learn the art of skiing in no time. Here are our top spots for a wonderful winter adventure.
Your snow-covered escape could be on the slopes of Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. Have an Aussie winter break and experience the country’s longest ski runs. Thredbo even hosts a Snow Sports School offering group and private lessons for all ages and stages, including little ones as young as three. Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only activities you can enjoy on a snow holiday. Hire a toboggan and have races down the slopes or go for a ride on the snow tubes. Snow shoeing is also popular and is the perfect way to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Queenstown, New Zealand
On the other hand, just a hop, skip and a jump and you could be landing on New Zealand’s South Island. Whisk the family away to the snow covered peaks of Queenstown and explore the surrounding ski fields. You’ll find three of the best in close proximity – The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cadrona Peak. Kids are sure to love the Ozone Tubing Park at the Remarkables. On your rest day, be sure to take a ride on the Skyline Gondola, whisking you away to the top of Bob’s Peak. Choose to enjoy the mountain views with a seat at the local restaurant or go for a thrill ride on The Luge.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and explore the snowy terrain of a far flung destination, consider heading to Canada. The soaring peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb make for an enchanting holiday destination, with over 6,500 acres of skiable terrain. Whistler also has specially designed programs for kids and teens as well as child care and day care facilities. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is open daily for sightseeing or head to the Coco-Cola Tube Park for exhilarating tubing adventures. Spoil the kids with a magical sleigh ride in the evening complete with warm blankets, hot chocolate and the sound of jingle bells.
Hakuba Valley, Japan
Situated in the Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba Valley is an extremely popular location for snow enthusiasts come winter time. Home to ten ski resorts and over 200 ski runs, the valley receives an astonishing amount of snow every year. There are skiable areas for all abilities, from beginner slopes to expert terrain parks and even some of the steepest skiable slopes in Japan. Soothe your weary muscles in one of the hot springs, dine at a heated restaurant or take a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking Hakuba Valley.