Winter is fast approaching and therefore the dash for arranging skiing holidays has already begun, but before you book you need to consider a few things. Holidays on the slopes are more than just about the skiing and snowboarding – they are also about entertainment and, of course, fine food.
Here we take a look at some resorts that not only offer great skiing conditions but also fantastic food on your family ski holiday.
Selva Val Gardena
Selva Val Gardena in Italy is set in the stunning Dolomites mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort offers guaranteed snow on the Marmalada Glacier and is also a great place for children to learn the art of skiing with a ski tour route specially designed for kids.
The resort also offers an array of family-friendly restaurants, including an abundance of Italian pizzerias which are sure to satisfy the kids, with a range of pizzas and pastas available. The L Muline and Sal Feur pizzerias are often popular places to eat for holidaymakers.
The Alpe d'Huez resort in France is the hub of the spectacular Grandes Rousses ski region. It offers plenty of snow, sunshine and unbelievable views, especially from the Pic Blanc, where on a clear day you can see one-fifth of France. The resort boasts a range of nursery slopes for children and beginners, whilst the villages have great access to the ski lifts.
Another great part to this resort is its superb mountain restaurants, and if you are looking to eat out there are dozens of restaurants that offer good value for money. Popular dining spots include Smithy's Tavern and Au Trappeur, which both serve up delicious food at good prices.
St Anton in Austria is seen by many as being in the top ten ski areas on the planet, and with the resort making a sustained effort in recent years to make itself more child-friendly, it has become one of the premier destinations for a family skiing holiday. There are two main ski areas for children which are a short distance away from the many on-site chalets. The resort offers great skiing conditions, with 260 kms of pistes and 180 kms of unpisted deep snow runs.
St Anton has a vast range of restaurants and food outlets to choose from, with the village's Museum restaurant presenting diners with a range of sophisticated foods. If you want something more traditional, meanwhile, then the Fuhrmannstube should be your port of call, while Underground on the Piste offers excellent food, music and a generally good night to be had for all.