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We love Club Med ski resorts for their convenience. Perfect for families looking for an easy escape to the snow, pretty much everything is managed for you. From inclusive refreshments, to dedicated kids’ clubs and fuss-free access onto the snow, you’ll get all your lessons, ski equipment and lift passes included. Destination wise, take your pick from Japan, China, France, Italy and Switzerland.
But with so many resorts to choose from, it might be hard to choose! We’ve plucked out our top five to get you started.
1. Japan - Club Med Hokkaido
Great for: Non conformists looking for ski niche.
Overview: If you're looking for something a little more unique, take the family to Club Med Hokkaido. When it comes to skiing, most people don't consider Japan, and yet with its ample powder, perfect conditions and of course, delicious food, it's a dead cert winner. You’ll experience authentic Japanese amenities such as rooms with tatami mats, an indoor 'ofuro' (hot tub) and two delicious Japanese dining venues. There are tea ceremonies, a children’s snow garden and horse riding sessions in the snow.
What we love: Between the traditional hot tubs and delicately steaming Japanese tea, there are also plentiful ski runs (6 red, 5 blue and 6 green), cross-country trails and ski in ski out facilities.
2. China – Beidahu
Great for: Stunning scenery to complement perfect ski conditions.
Overview: Set in a jaw-dropping national park, Beidahu ski domain, in the north-east of China offers all the spectacles of a powder-rich snow scape with the added perks of traditional Chinese activities. Spend a morning snowboarding and an afternoon in the spa, or partaking in activities such as karaoke and Mahjong (a game played, usually by four people, with 136 or 144 dominoe-like tiles). With plenty of group lessons for those who need a confidence boost, and a cosy lounge, bar and two restaurants for après ski relaxing, you can’t go wrong with Beidahu.
What we love: Three kids’ clubs for 2 - 17 year olds allow mum and dad to practice their skills on the slopes...or to enjoy one of the duo treatment rooms at the wellness centre.
3. The French Alps - Aime la Plagne
Great for: Lovers of sport and the great outdoors.
Overview: When you want to combine some of the highest mountains in Europe, long snow seasons and 2000m high slopes that are literally on your doorstep, the resort at Aime la Plagne has it all. From beginner snow parks to 225km of ski-runs (including 18 black, 33 red, 69 blue and 10 green) as well as group lessons and kids’ clubs, you don’t even need to carry cash – drinks and snacks are included in the price.
What we love: Two dedicated kids’ clubs open all week, except Sunday. One for four to 10 years olds, and another for 11-17 year olds.
4. Italian Alps - Pragelato Vialateea
Great for: Those who love a modern take on the traditional ski resort.
Overview: A very friendly family resort at the foot of Europe’s second largest ski region. Boasting 30 clusters of chalets, four restaurants serving buffet to gourmet, and plenty of Italian classics, as well as a contemporary and upbeat setting. There are three kids’ clubs to suit two to 17 year olds, offering anything from painting classes to fashion shows, ski and snowboarding lessons and even movie nights. There’s Pilates for mum and a wellness centre for dad, because we all know he loves a good sauna after a long day’s ski.
What we love: 400km of ski-runs accessed by 92 ski lifts and a cable car located just 45m from the ski room. This will take you up to the Vialattea ski runs in roughly four minutes.
5. Switzerland - Villars-sur-Ollon
Great for: Traditionalists who love an old-school ski ambience
Overview: Simplicity is key at Villars-sur-Ollon, because this resort’s biggest merit is its traditional ski atmosphere and non-flashy approach to all things snow. Granted, the venue is a very grandiose 1920’s palace, which is a magical experience in itself, but the amenities are just as they should be: ideal without being OTT. There are four kids’ clubs, including a baby’s club for tots as young as four months, as well as simple pleasures including snow shoe walks and Nordic walking, sledding, and of course, plenty of skiing and snowboarding. For a minimal extra cost, there’s a track railway accessing the summits.
What we love: Guests are treated to 107km of slopes (3 black, 27 red, 20 blue and 27 green), 35 ski lifts and two snow parks.
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