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2019 World's Best Family Ski Resorts Awards

Snow lovers are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to ski resorts, so it can be tricky to figure out which resort is best for your family. Whether you’re heading for the long runs of the USA, the beauty of Canada’s peaks, the powder of Japan, the fairytale element of Europe’s resorts or the best places to ski in Australia and New Zealand, here are the picks from our panel of experts to help you decide.

We ask these ski gurus to nominate the best resorts across five categories:

Best for beginners
Plenty of gentle runs, separate learning areas, great snow sports schools and crèches

Best for advanced families
A variety of good-quality terrain for expert-level teens and their parents

Best for all-round family activities
Fun off the slopes, including dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, etc.

Best village location and atmosphere
A magical vibe, lots to do, accessible, good shopping and dining

Best freestyle resort
Terrain parks, halfpipes and more slopestyle fun

We then tallied the votes and combined the scores to determine the best overall winners in each region, each one a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that families will love. Our experts’ picks are complemented by your favourite resorts in the readers’ choice category for the ultimate guide to kid-friendly snow adventures. Whether you’re a powderhound heading to Japan or getting your ski legs in Australia, our 2019 awards will point you in the right direction to a family gem.

Meet the experts

Dale Goulding
The managing director of Deep Powder Snow Holidays has skied Japan since 1993.

Rachael Oakes-Ash
Miss Snow It All (as Rachael's readers will know her) is one of Australia's most prolific ski authorities.

Ben Cardenas
Specialising in Canada, Japan and the US, Ben has been with Travelplan for more than 12 years.

Rodney Muller
Rodney and the team at Skimax make booking a ski holiday anywhere in the world easy and enjoyable.

Rachelle Matheson
The team at Mogul Ski World help families plan their holiday through personal recommendations.

Belinda White has spent 18 years building a reputation as Hokkaido's leading ski trip outfitter.

Phil Osborn
Discover all that's new in ski at the Snow Travel Expo's annual shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Helen Hayes
Our Editor has explored more than 56 ski resorts across seven countries, not including the major resorts Down Under.

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