Top 5 European ski resorts for families with young children skiing-280

If skiing is your holiday of choice, it won't have escaped your notice that ski season is upon us. If you fancy heading to the slopes with kids in tow, we get some advice from holiday expert Neilson's Paul Deadman on where best to head to for a family ski break

Many resorts cater for children from just four months old, with skiing lessons offered to those as young as 2 ½ years – in fact young beginners are often able to pick up skiing much quicker than adults.

Paul Deadman gives parents the confidence and knowledge they need to make an informed decision about where and how to book a skiing holiday with children in tow.

Our top 5 family ski resorts in Europe:

Les Deux Alpes, France: Best for off-slope activities Les-Alpes-280

• Airport: Grenoble (GNB)
• Transfer time: 2hrs 30mins
• Skiing altitude: 1300m – 3570m, 220km of piste, 49 lifts

Under 5's receive a free lift pass. Les Deux Alpes can feel very busy in peak weeks as it has lots to do off the slopes too. As well as the kids' club for children aged 4 months – 12 years, there is a swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, cinema and snowmobiling trips too. Don't miss the Ice Caves – underground grottos with fairy tale and dinosaur ice sculptures.

Niederau, Austria: Best for learner families Nadear-280

• Airport: Innsbruck (INN)
• Transfer time: 1hr 30mins
• Skiing altitude: 650m – 1905m, 145km of piste, 46 lifts

Niederau has award-winning ski schools for all ages and gentle nursery slopes right in the centre of the village. For families who are new to skiing, Niederau is compact size and stunning scenery make it less intimidating than the larger mountain resorts but there is still a lively and friendly atmosphere in the town. There's also a nice choice of family restaurants to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

El Tarter, Andorra: Best undiscovered area for families El-Tartar-280

• Airport: Lleida (ILD)
• Transfer time: 3hrs 15mins
• Skiing altitude: 1710m – 2560m, 210km of piste, 118 lifts

El Tarter is a quieter base for young families to enjoy. Beginners can enjoy the nursery slopes at the top of the gondola and the area's award winning ski and board schools. The resort features the new Mont Magic family space located in Canillo where children aged 3-10 years can enjoy the snowy woods and magical characters.

Borovets, Bulgaria: Best for families on a budget Borovets-280

• Airport: Sofia (SOF)
• Transfer time: 1hr 30mins
• Skiing altitude: 1320m – 2550m, 58km of piste, 14 lifts

Borovets has a nursery area close to the village and accommodation. After the slopes close, the village has a busy atmosphere with restaurants serving up great value traditional Bulgarian meals. Borovets offers families fantastic value.

Katschberg, Austria: Best for on-resort facilities katschberg-280

• Airport: Salzburg (SZG)
• Transfer time: 1hr 30mins
• Skiing altitude: 1640m-2220m, 140km of piste, 16 lifts

Katschberg has an unbeatable ski-in/ski-out location opposite the ski school as well as the free kids' club facility for 3-12 year olds, the hotel also offers complimentary use of baby baths, baby back-carriers, nappy changing mats and waste buckets, bottle warmers, thermometers, bibs, highchairs, seat cushions and buggies. After the slopes, kids are entertained with a huge array of supervised activities, while parents can relax in the adult only 'state-of-the-art' spa, or enjoy the stylish bar overlooking the slopes.

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