Bertas Kinderland at Sonnenbahn midway station in Fiss, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter
© Bertas Kinderland at Sonnenbahn midway station in Fiss, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter

Tirol's Top Regions for Ski Holidays with Children

Winter holidays with children can be great fun - if the location, facilities and atmosphere are right. We have put together a list of Tirol's best ski regions for families, where children will find plenty to see and do while parents enjoy relaxing in the heart of the Alps.

Ski holidays with children need the right infrastructure – from beginners' areas and equipment storage facilities to flexible rental arrangements that allow kids to change their skis, boots and poles as and when they wish. Tirol is home to ten quality-approved family ski regions with particularly family-friendly resorts and ski schools that meet a range of quality criteria. On-piste highlights such as adventure parks and funslopes guarantee plenty of fun, while parents of younger children can use the resorts' childcare facilities and relax safe in the knowledge that their precious ones are in good hands. Many of the resorts also have family reductions for life passes.

"Fun on the Slopes": new children's programmes in Tirol's ski schools

In line with the motto "Fun on the Slopes" there are 18 quality-approved ski schools where children aged 3 years and older can learn how to ski in a fun, relaxed environment. Following the ski lesson in the morning, the afternoon is spent out and about exploring the landscape – searching for animal tracks, racing each other on snow discs, or simply building a good old snowman. A whole day of skiing is often too tiring for young children, so they are relieved to have different snow-based activities in the afternoon. Progress is recorded in a special booklet, and before you know it your little snow angels will be whizzing down the slopes faster than Mum and Dad!

1 · Galtür in the Paznauntal Valley: From the World of Dwarves to Snow Adventures

Children's area in the Silvapark Galtür, © TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

With its many fun activities and well-marked slopes, the Silvapark Galtür is ideal for children of all ages. The resort itself is divided into six zones, three of which are designed with children and teenagers in mind. The "Zwergerlwelt" (Dwarves' World) is where young children can take their first tentative turns on skis, while the "Abenteuerland" (Adventure World) is for more experienced skiers and has features such as tunnels and rollers. Finally, the "Actionpark" is for teenagers and young-at-heart adults keen to test their skills on rails, boxes and fun a race course. While the children are occupied in ski school or playing under the watchful eye of the local childcare experts, parents can head out on their own to explore the resort and try a little off-piste freeriding.

Accommodation. The Familienhotel Ballunspitze is an excellent base for families with children. It has many child-friendly facilities such as the Kinderparadies Bärenland, a children's cinema room, a climbing wall and a children's sauna. For a cheaper alternative, try the Ferienwohnungen Oberweissbach in Waidring – these holiday apartments are situated in the centre of the village but nevertheless offer plenty of peace and quiet.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The programme is offered by the Skischule Galtür.

Further activities. There are plenty of activities away from the slopes in Galtür, including bowling and swimming, the Erlebnismuseum Alpinarium and fun barrel races where everyone is welcome to have a go.

Special family deals. Children under the age of 8 years receive a free lift pass when accompanied by an adult. The reduced children's rate is valid for children and teenagers up to the age of 19 years.

2 · Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis: Family Skiing Paradise from Top to Bottom

Bertas Kinderland at Sonnenbahn midway station in Fiss, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, a ski resort comprising three interconnected villages on a sunny plateau high above the valley floor, is one of the most family-friendly ski areas in Tirol thanks to its many attractions and activities for children of all ages. While children too young to ski are looked after by trained childcare specialists in the "Murmlikrippe" in Serfaus, little snow angels can take their first tentative turns on snow in "Bertas Kinderland" and "Bertas Kindergarten" in Fiss-Ladis. The Serfauser Sauser and the Fisser Flieger, two adrenaline-pumping rides high above the ground, are ideal for all ages, while adults in particular will enjoy the many chillout stations dotted around the resort with large wooden recliners. The resort also has a number of fine restaurants.

Accommodation. The Hotel Bär and the Baby- und Kinderhotel Laurentius in Fiss, both of which are rated four-star superior, are top addresses for families with children. Alternatively, Haus Markus in Fiss offers tastefully decorated holiday apartments large enough for families at very reasonable prices. One of the resort’s ski pistes runs right past the building.

Further activities. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is home to an almost unlimited range of attractions and activities away from the slopes. Highlights include motorski racing for children, a sunrise ride on the Masner Express gondola as well as a Segway trekking tour. The spectacular Adventure Night and Nightflow shows are also popular.

Special family deals. During the "Genusswochen" weeks (from 18 March 2017) and the Easter weeks (from 8 April 2017) there are many special deals for families. Visitors can also take advantage of reduced prices for guestcard holders with child discounts and lift passes valid for specific hours of the day.

3 · Nauders in the Tiroler Oberland: Hit the Pistes with Nauderix

Nauderix Kinderland at Nauders ski resort, © Tirol Werbung/Verena Kathrein

The Nauders-Bergkastel ski resort is a haven for familes. Wide pistes allow skiers and snowboarders of all ages to carve long turns in the snow, while the youngest guests learn how to ski under the watchful eye of trained instructors in the ski kindergarden. A new children's restaurant was recently opened next to the top of the main cable car. However, the undoubted highlight for young children is the 6500m² Nauderix Kinderland with a playground, tubing run and Red Indian Trail as well as the Nauderix Kids Park designed for teens keen to try out some of the latest snowsports. Children who have already mastered the basics of skiing can show off their skills to their parents on the Nauderix-Rallye.

Accommodation. The four-star superior Familienhotel "Mein Almhof" in Nauders is a good choice for families. While parents enjoy a well-deserved rest, children can enjoy themselves at the KidsClub. The hotel also has spa facilities open to all the family.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The Skischule Nauders offers the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme. 

Further activities. The 3km Lärchenalm toboggan run is floodlight in the evenings. A chairlift takes you up to the top. Then it is time to whizz back down into the valley!

Special family deals. Nauders offers a range of deals and discounts for families with children. As well as reduced lift passes for children and youths, there are family lift passes. Further reductions are offered from mid-March onwards.

4 · Pitztal: Snowpark Acrobatics and Piste Machine Adventures

Children's ski lesson at the Hochzeiger ski resort in Jerzens, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter

The infrastructure in the sunny Hochzeiger ski resort is perfect for families. The resort itself is compact and the ski school, rental shops and pistes are all close together. Children will learn to ski on the gentle slopes down in the valley, where they do not need a lift pass. Older and more experienced skiers can head for the snowpark to practise their tricks, while Pitzi's Kinderparadies is a childcare facility with trained members of staff. Parents and grandparents who do not want to ski themselves should nevertheless head up to the top of the cable car, where they can admire the fabulous views, enjoy coffee and cake at the restaurant, explore the winter hiking trail or try the 6km toboggan run which the children will definitely want to have a go on later.

Accommodation. Four-star superior and a warm welcome for families – that is what the Hotel Andy in Jerzens offers. Childcare service, games room and a children's sauna are among the highlights.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The Schneesportschule Hochzeiger-Pitztal in Jerzens offers the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme. 

Futher activities. There is plenty to see and do away from the slopes. How about a ride in a real piste-grooming machine and a backstage tour of what goes on behind the scenes at the resort? Other popular activities include horse-drawn carriage rides at the Reithof Pitztal in St. Leonhard.

Special family deals. With the "Bambini-Freiskipass" children under 10 years of age ski for free when accompanied by an adult. In January there are also "Bambini-Wochen" with special discounts for children.

5 · Hochoetz: First Turns on Snow with Mascot WIDI

Family-friendly ski holidays in Hochoetz, © Ötztal Tourismus

The Hochoetz ski resort at the start of the Ötztal Valley is ideal for families and beginners. With its quiet slopes and relaxed atmosphere, it provides the perfect setting to learn to ski or simply cruise the slopes. Families with young children will particularly enjoy the child-friendly facilities Hochoetz has to offer, including WIDI’s Kids' Club – the perfect place for youngsters to take their first tentative turns on snow under the watchful eye of trained instructors. Older children and teenagers should head for the WIDI Funpark, where they can work on their tricks. The restaurant at the top of the resort in Hochoetz is a good place for all the family to meet up at lunchtime. As well as majestic views, it also features a children's restaurant, a kindergarden and a play area.

Accommodation. Families can choose to stay at the WIDI Accommodation Partners which include everything from apartments to four-star hotels.

Children's ski school. Schneesportschule Mali and Skischule Fischer in Oetz

Equipment hire. Snow Fun Center, Skiverleih AGE and Skiverleih Fischer in Oetz

Further activities. The children's trail next to the Ochsengartenbahn cable car is a great place for youngsters to learn more about alpine animals such as marmots, chamoix, etc. The nearby Therme Aqua Dome in Längenfeld offers total relaxation in its spa and swimming pools. Ice skating on the Piburger See lake is a popular activity for families in winter.

Special family deals. During the Happy Family Weeks all children under 6 years of age staying in the region receive a free ski pass and either a free five-day ski course or five days of free childcare.

6 · Stubai: Family-Friendly Facilities in Glacier Surroundings

Skiing on the Stubai Glacier, © Stubaier Gletscher/Christoph Schöch

Beginners and families with children on holiday in Tirol will find exactly what they are looking for at the Schlick 2000 resort in the Stubaital Valley. This compact ski area offers facilities for families such as Big Ron's Kinderland at the midway station of the cable car as well as childcare, conveyor-belt ski lifts, snow carousels and slalom courses where Mum and Dad can drop in and see what their children have been learning. The rental shop is located next to the bottom station of the lift. More experienced skiers will also find plenty of challenging red and black pistes, and the "Super-Skipass" gives access to the Stubai Glacier.

Accommodation. From the bottom lift station in Fulpmes it is not far to the Family Resort Stubai hotel, where children will love the bunkbeds and adults will appreciate the traditional Tirolean decor. An alternative is the Vitalhotel Auenhof, which has its own childcare service. A cheaper alternative are the large Ferienland Stubai holiday apartments in Fulpmes, which sleep up to six people. 

"Spielplatz Schnee". The "Spielplatz Schnee" priogramme combining ski lessons and outdoor activities is offered by the Schischule Stubai Tirol in Fulpmes. 

Further activities. Why not take a break from the slopes and explore some of the many attractions in the valley such as the Ice Grotto on the Stubai Glacier or the Stubay adventure swimming pool and sauna with a children's pool and rubber ring slide.

Special family deals. The ski resort offers reduced rates for children and youths. Children under 10 years of age ski for free when accompanied by a paying parent.

7 · Kitzbühel Alps - Hohe Salve: From the Kids' Club to the Mountain Top

Salvenbahn lift in Hopfgarten, © Kitzbüheler Alpen

The sunny Hohe Salve resort is one of the best places from which to access the huge SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, a network of interconnected ski areas in the east of Tirol. Hohe Salve has many easy pistes, heated chairlifts and the Kids Club Salvenaland Hopfgarten with a beginners' area, two conveyor-belt lifts and childcare services for children up to three years of age. The qualified instructors at the Skischule Alpin, a ski school with its own area for beginners away from the busy slopes, have all the skills and experience to teach children to ski in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Families can now also use the ski storage facilities at the bottom of the lifts in Hopfgarten.

Accommodation. A magical night-sky effect in each of the rooms at the Familotel Hopfgarten ensures a good night's sleep. Further highlights for families include family apartments as well as a baby club and an indoor swimming pool.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The Skischule Alpin in Hopfgarten offers the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme.

Further activities. How about a fun toboggan ride down from the Haagalm hut in Hopfgarten? Or a visit to the Wörgler Wasserwelt Wave leisure centre with the world's first double loop-the-loop water slide?

Special family deals. Visitors with children can benefit from special deals and discounts, such as a lift pass for families with young children which enables parents to share a lift pass between them. During the  "Familienskiwochen" weeks children up to 15 years of age ski for free.

8 · Wilder Kaiser: From the Hexenwiese to the Kiko

© Wilder Kaiser

As part of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, the Wilder Kaiser region offers families and beginners a wide selection of easy pistes and activities away from the slopes. The "Kiko" in Söll provides childcare for babies and toddlers, allowing their parents to benefit from the resort's special deals on family lift passes. Children learn to ski on the Hexenwiese in Söll, which is open free of charge to all the family. More experienced children can head up to the Kinderkaiserland with its ski adventure park at the top of the lifts in Scheffau.

Accommodation. While children are fast asleep in bed, their parents can relax at the bar and look back on an eventful day. The Hotel Kaiser in Scheffau, a four-star hotel with all-inclusive deals, is ideal for families with children, as is the Hotel Hexenalm in Söll with its child-friendly infrastructure and facilities. Those in search of large, affordable apartments will find exactly that at the Ferienhaus Bichler in Scheffau. These sunny holiday apartments in a quiet location are fully equipped and ideal for families.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The Skischule Scheffau and the Skischule Söll both offer the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme.

Further activities. Attractions away from the slopes include the Kaiserbad swimming pool in Ellmau, a pretty village where the popular Austrian TV series "Der Bergdoktor" is filmed. From mid-January until mid-March there is a Husky Day every Friday in Söll where guests can experience what it is like to ride on a sled drawn by these friendly, powerful animals.

Special family deals. The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental has many deals for families with children, such as a lift pass packages for families with young children where parents can share one lift pass between them. During the "Familienskiwochen" weeks children under the age of 15 ski for free.

9 · Kitzbühel Alps - Brixental: Two Large Ski Resorts and Plenty of Easy Slopes

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, © Kitzbüheler Alpen

With the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and Kitzbühel/Kirchberg, this region has not one but two large resorts to offer. The SkiWelt, one of Austria's largest interconnected wintersports areas, has many gentle pistes ideal for beginners as well as children's areas, childcare services and even special ski lifts designed with the safety of children in mind. Further attractions popular with all the family include the igloo village in Hochbrixen with its ice exhibition and the three "Skimovie" runs where skiers can film themselves in action.

Accommodation. For all those who like to fall straight into bed after a hard day on the slopes there is the four-star Familienhotel Loipenstub'n and the holiday apartments in the Resort Tirol in Brixen im Thale.Visitors in search of a little luxury will find what they are looking for at the four-star superior Hotel Elisabeth in Kirchberg. Guests working with a smaller budget should try the Haus Cavada in Brixen im Thale, a cosy traditional guesthouse in one of the oldest buildings in the valley.

"Spielplatz Schnee". The Skischule Brixen im Thale, the Skischule Aktiv (also in Brixen) and the Alpine Profis in Kirchberg all offer the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme.

Further activities. Tobogganing is a great activity for all the family. There is a 3.5km toboggan run in Gaisberg.

Special family deals. The SkiWelt has plenty of great discounts and deals for families with children, including a package for families with young children which allows parents to share a single ski pass. In the "Familienskiwochen" weeks children up to 15 years of age ski for free. In Kitzbühel there is also the 3+1 deal – three people pay, four people ski.

10 · Kitzbühel Alps - St. Johann: Babyhotel and Funslope

Funslope in the St. Johann ski resort, © Roland Haschka

The compact nature of the ski resort in St. Johann makes it popular with families. There are four ski schools where children can learn to ski and several childcare facilities, including the "Kapa-Kinderstube" in St. Johann and the "Krabbelstube Vogelnest" in Oberndorf, as well as a special babyhotel. Older children will enjoy the funslope with its many jumps and obstacles. St. Johann is the perfect place for the young and the young at heart!

Accommodation. Families will enjoy the four-star Landgut Furtherwirt in Kirchdorf with its own children's area or the St. Johanner Hof. The four-star babymio in Kirchdorf has been designed with the needs of babies and their parents in mind.

"Spielplatz Schnee". Four ski schools offer the programme – the Schneesportschule Eichenhof in St. Johann, the Schischule St. Johann i. T., the Skischule Total in Kirchdorf and the Skischule Oberndorf.

Further activities. Relaxation is guaranteed at the Wellnesscenter Kaiserquell spa in Kirchdorf and the Panorama Badewelt leisure centre with a huge slide in St. Johann. Adventurers of all ages in search of an adrenaline kick can visit the Hornpark high-rope park with a special obstacles course in winter.

Special family deals. The ski resort offers a range of discounts on lift passes for children and youths according to their age. Bonuses are also awarded to families purchasing season tickets.

11 · Kitzbühel Alps - Pillerseetal: Record Snowfalls and a Crystal Souvenir

Childcare in the Pillerseetal ski resort, © Rolart Images

There is no region in Tirol which gets as much snow as the Pillerseetal Valley – and that's official! Little wonder that this region in the east of Tirol is popular with families. The three local ski resorts Fieberbrunn, Pillersee/Buchensteinwand and Steinplatte Waidring are excellent for teenagers looking for a little freestyle action. Children of all ages as well as their parents will enjoy Timoks Coaster in Fieberbrunn and the Triassic Kinderland in Waidring.

Accommodation. The Biobauernhof Mittermoos and the four-star hotel Alte Post in Fieberbrunn as well as the cosy rooms at the Plankenhof in Waidring are ideal for families with children. As a cheaper alternative there are also the Ferienwohnungen Oberweissbach in Waidring. These holiday apartments are in the centre of the village yet offer plenty of peace and quiet.

"Spielplatz Schnee". Four ski schools offer the "Spielplatz Schnee" programme: S4 snowsports and Sport Widmann in Fieberbrunn, the  Skischule Pillerseetal in St. Ulrich and the Skischule Snowsports in Waidring.

Further activities. Sometimes it is good to take a break from the slopes and try out something different like a visit to the Aubad spa and swimming pool, the Energiebrunnen spa in Fieberbrunn, the Alpensportbad in St. Ulrich or the Schlauchbobbahn in Waidring. The region's biggest attraction, quite literally, is the huge cross on top of the Buchensteinwand mountain, which visitors can climb up.

Special family deals. All three resorts have discounts for children, special deals at Easter and child-friendly prices during the "Schneezwergerlwochen" in January, when children up to the age of 5 years receive a free six-day ski pass.

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