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From magical sleigh rides to thrilling toboggan runs, there is little that excites children more than a chance to play in the snow. We’ve picked a few of our favourite hotels that offer little touches to please younger guests – from children’s clubs to free ride clinics for teens.

Insider tip: Visiting an indoor snow centre is a great opportunity to introduce children to skiing and snowboarding before committing to the real thing. Taster lessons and full courses led by professional instructors can prepare your family for the slopes on real snow, building confidence and techniques. Other snowy fun activities include tubing, tobogganing and après-ski themed dining.

1. Les Barmes de l’Ours, France

This slope-side chalet-style hotel boasts a superb location next to the famous Bellevarde Olympic ski run and gets its name from a bear’s den. This ursine theme runs throughout the hotel with Family Suites featuring stuffed bears and furry slippers. A fantastic children’s play room, bowling alley and Mini Club will keep little ones entertained during the school holidays.

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2. Altapura, France

Younger guests are equally as cossetted as older ones at Altapura, benefiting from ski-in, ski-out convenience, interconnecting rooms with Mac Minis, a kids’ concierge, and a complimentary Children’s Area. Dedicated ski lessons include a gentle introduction at the Snow Garden for children from three to four years and junior competition training for ambitious older children.

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3. Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Switzerland

Within the ski connoisseurs’ paradise of Arosa, this relaxed mountain retreat with indoor and outdoor spa pools ensures children aren’t left out of the action. Generously sized family suites and interconnecting
rooms, and unlimited activities at The Tschuggen Junior Club will keep children aged three to 11 years occupied for hours. The private funicular, Tschuggen Express whisks guests up to the slopes in less than three minutes.

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4. The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, USA

Ski-in to traditional mountain lodge ambience with doorstep access to the express quad chairlift at the foot of Bachelor Gulch. The Winter Ritz Kid Programme can be booked in conjunction with the Ski Nanny to take children to and from ski school allowing parents to maximise their ski time.

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5. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada

Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler’s flagship ski-in, ski-out hotel provides a wonderful base for families. Away from the slopes, there’s dog sledding, snowmobiling and horse-drawn rides through frozen forests and a weekly Fire and Ice Show – a skiing and firework spectacular.

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6. Schlosshotel Fiss, Austria

Recreational facilities are magnificent at this superbly located ski-in, ski-out hotel, boasting access to the slopes via a private lift. There are daily supervised activities for over two's, a teens’ media room, family spa and Splash Waterworld where kids and teens can brave the 48-metre loop tube slide into the pool.

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Whilst we know our luxury ski and snow getaways are tempting enough, there are exceptional savings to be had that add to their appeal. Here is a taster of some of the offers that come out top; do contact us for details of many more.

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