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.