Learn to Ski Family Holidays

Intro

Whether you’re completely new to skiing, or need some parent-to-parent advice on the best ski schools for your kids, we’ll help you find the right ski holiday for your family.

Between our team, we’ve had decades of experience in seeking out the best family skiing holidays. Five of us (and counting!) are parents who regularly take our children skiing, and we all remember what it was like to take our first turns.

From extensive experience, we’ve selected five resorts that are the best for learning to ski as a family. We’ve also created a complete Learn to Ski package that makes everything from booking your holiday to arriving in resort far easier and more enjoyable.

For more advice on family ski holidays in Europe and North America, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01273 224068.

Our Learn to Ski packages are based in Norway, for inspiration further afield please see our Family Ski Holidays page.

Norway - five hand-picked resorts

Renowned for their dedicated kids’ slopes, high-quality child-care and free lift passes for all children under the age of seven, Norway has some of the world’s best conditions for families and beginners. These five resorts stand out as the very best:

Each resort caters specifically for beginners and families, and all benefit from short flight times, easy transfers and slope-side accommodation.

Our Learn to Ski packages

Our Learn to Ski packages make it easier to book and enjoy your holiday. We’ve included everything you’ll need, from lift passes and equipment hire to ski lessons and slope-side accommodation - so you won’t need to trudge around with your gear. To find out more, speak directly to a member of our team on 01273 224068.

Trysil

Trysil - fantastic for all ages

  • Norway's largest ski area
  • Guaranteed snow
  • Kids aged 6 and under ski for FREE

Norway’s largest ski area, Trysil has gentle slopes, fantastic family facilities and plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained, from toddlers to teens. Widely regarded as the country’s best family ski resort, there’s everything from a water park with indoor surfing, to toddler-friendly forest trails.

Trysil Ski School Trees © Ola Matsson / Skistar

Family accommodation - our pick

4*+ Radisson Blu - Winner of Norway’s Best Ski Hotel for two years running, with more facilities than any other hotel in Trysil. The Adventure Pool with indoor surf wave is a highlight for families.

Flight time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 2 hours 20 mins
Distance to slopes: 0m
Distance to ski school: 200m

Geilo

Geilo - ideal for young children

  • Award winning ski school and crèche
  • Gentle downhill terrain
  • Excellent non-ski activities

The train ride from the airport into Geilo is absolutely magical, and makes an easy and relaxing start to your family holiday. Once in resort, there’s an award-winning ski school, an excellent crèche and a huge range of non-ski activities to keep little ones entertained off the slopes.

Geilo Kids Skiing © Emile Holba

Family accommodation - our pick

4*+ Vestlia Resort - This luxury hotel has a superb spa area for parents, a family swimming pool with slide and ten-pin bowling. It’s conveniently located at the base of the slopes, next to ski school and rental shop.

Flight time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 4 hours 30 mins
Distance to slopes: 0m
Distance to ski school: 50m

Myrkdalen

Myrkdalen - for relaxing family holidays

  • Flexible lift passes & lessons
  • Easy to reach with a short transfer
  • Exceptional snowfall record

Blissfully uncrowded, this lesser-known resort is perfect for your family ski holiday. Snow conditions are excellent in Myrkdalen, while the modern lifts and outstanding ski school mean that beginners can quickly gain confidence and start making their first turns. For a fun family excursion, you could include a day trip to the beautiful city of Bergen.

Myrkdalen Ski School © Sverre F Hjornevik

Family accommodation - our pick

4* Myrkdalen Hotel - This ski-in ski-out hotel sits right next to the ski school and rental shop. It’s perfect for a quiet family holiday that combines skiing with relaxation.

Flight time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 1 hour 45 mins
Distance to slopes: 0m
Distance to ski school: 50m

Beitostølen

Beitostølen - a family favourite

  • Family-run resort
  • Exceptionally good service
  • Superb activities programme

It’s hard to imagine a more welcoming family resort than Beitostølen. The slopes are gentle and easy to navigate, plus there’s a great choice of non-ski activities, from swimming to rafting down the slopes. If the adults in your group can already ski, there’s also some off-piste fun to be had here.

Beitostølen Winter Scene © Beitostølen Resort / Aud Eva Bergo

Family accommodation - our pick

3* Bergo Cabins - Fully equipped, these self-contained, 3-7 bedroom cabins include a kitchen, log fire and sauna. Shops, restaurants, ski hire and après bars are all on the doorstep.

Flight time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 3 hours 30 mins
Distance to slopes: 25m
Distance to ski school: 50m

Oslo Winter Park

Oslo Winter Park - best for convenience

  • 20 minutes from central Oslo
  • Famous kids' ski school
  • City and ski combination

A training ground for Olympic skiers, Oslo’s local ski area has immaculate pistes and top-notch facilities. Renowned for opening the very first children’s ski school, the quality of tuition in Oslo Winter Park is superb. A great opportunity to combine culture with learning to ski, it’s easy to divide your time between ski lessons and sightseeing in Oslo.

Kids Ski School © Emil Sollie Oslo Winterpark

Family accommodation - our pick

4*+ Lysebu Hotel - One of the finest hotels in Oslo, this historic property sits in a 300-year-old pine forest, close to the famous Holmenkollen ski jump. There’s an on-site swimming pool and award winning restaurant.

Flight time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 45 minutes
Distance to slopes: 2km
Distance to ski school: 2km

Non-Ski Activities

Non-Ski Activities

All our Learn to Ski resorts also feature a wide range of non-ski activities. This gives you plenty of entertainment options for the evenings, and creates a back-up plan if anyone in your family needs a non-ski day. All activities can be booked in resort, so there’s no pressure to plan in advance.

Geilo Dog Sledding

There is such a wide range of non-ski activities available that we can't list them all here, but here are some examples of what you can do in-resort:

  • Dog sledding
  • Horse sleigh rides
  • Bowling
  • Indoor surfing
  • Spa
  • Tobogganing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice fishing
  • Many more!

For more information about non-ski activities, speak to our Norway experts on 01273 224068.

Our Tips

Our tips for first-timers

We all remember what it’s like being a beginner, so we’ve pooled our expertise to give you our top tips for planning and enjoying your ski trip as a family.

Gear & packing guide

  • Borrow clothes from friends instead of buying everything brand new.
  • Ask for advice from ski shop assistants. Most ski shop staff tend to be very knowledgeable.
  • Only buy the essentials for your first trip. If you love it, you can buy more kit next time.
  • Choose goggles. They fit best with helmets and give you a wider range of vision. Keep the sunglasses for the breaks.
  • Pack thin layers for skiing rather than bulky jumpers. Merino wool is best, or there are some great synthetic options.
  • Buy impact shorts if you’re snowboarding. Trust us, they’ll be one of the best investments you make.

Hiring your ski equipment

  • Collect your skis the evening before. It’ll be one less thing to worry about on the morning of your first lesson.
  • Take advice from rental staff. They tend to know their stuff, and you can change your equipment if you have any issues.
  • Hire boots that fit correctly. It’s worth trying lots on, as they’ll directly affect your enjoyment of skiing. You shouldn't feel pain.

First day on the slopes

  • Wear sun cream, even if it’s cloudy. The snow reflects UV rays and you can get burnt very easily.
  • Layer up, as it’s likely to be colder at the top of the mountain. You can remove layers if you get too hot.
  • Wear a helmet - always.
  • Stretch before and after skiing, particularly your Achilles - this helps to stop cramping in your feet.
  • Refuel and rehydrate. You're using lots of energy, so drink water, take hot-chocolate stops, and fill your pockets with snacks.
  • Relax. Easier said than done but, if you can manage it, you’ll find the skiing far easier without clenched teeth!

Offers

Learn to Ski Offers

See our Learn to Ski offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224 068 or request a quotation.

If no current offers are shown, speak to our team to arrange the best price for your holiday.

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18/04/2017 Colin Rowe

Worked really well for a family ski holiday, enough to stretch the more experienced skiers and great for the beginners. For the end of the season the conditions were very reasonable. Our grandchildren made superb progress in ski school. Both were 1st time skiers at nearly 8 and nearly 6 years old. The English was excellent and the numbers (6) in their groups were perfect. They were enjoying skiing down red and blue runs by the end of day 3!

27/02/2017 Lucy Josey

For our first holiday taking the kids skiing it was hassle free and so easy all thanks to your organisation. The advice you gave was spot on and we will definitely book with you again in the future. The prosecco was a lovely touch too.

25/02/2017 Louisa Jameson

To take a family skiing is a big expenditure and travelling with Ski Safari gives me the confidence that we will get the most out of it. Ski Safari pay attention to the detail so that our holiday runs smoothly leaving us free to enjoy the skiing.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224068 for advice from our ski specialists.