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2018 World's Best Family Ski Resorts Awards

There's a wonderful word of snow out there, but sometimes it can be tricky to figure out which resort is best for you and your junior crew. That's why, every year, we gather a panel of experts to determine the best of the best when it comes to family adventures on snow.

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've 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 overseas or getting your ski legs in Australasia, our 2018 World's Best Family Ski Resorts Awards will point you in the direction of a perfect snow holiday.

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 10 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.

Owain Price
As MD of Snow Action magazine and step-grandfather to nine, Owain is an authority on all things family ski.

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