Best ski holiday resorts for teenagers
Travelling with teenagers? We get it. They can be hard to please! But with heaps of fun activities on and off the snow and excellent nightlife for older teens, a skiing holiday is bound to prise them away from Tik-Tok and get them engaged! Here are a few of Heidi's fave ski resorts for teenagers to inspire you.
Les Deux Alpes, France
Why teenagers will love Les Deux Alpes:
With mountain loads of powder and a gigantic glacier playground, Les Deux Alpes is one big powder-fest!
Other things for teenagers to do in Les Deux Alpes:
Thrill-seeking teenagers will love paragliding over snow-dusted jagged peaks, messing about in bumper ice cars, and zooming through frosty forests on a husky dog sleigh. Mush! While daydreamers can grab some quiet time in the Espace 1800 Fitness & Wellbeing spa. Either way, there's plenty to keep all the family entertained in Les Deux Alpes.
What's the apres like in Les Deux Alpes:
Finish a big day on the slopes with drinks and bar snacks in the funky Motown Café, or defrost by a hanging log burner and listen to live music in the Polar Bear Pub. Older teenagers will love sampling specialist beers in CO-Coon or downing shorts in K.re Shooters Lounge Bar - bring out the shot-skis!
Why teenagers will love Avoriaz:
Everything is within easy reach for independent teenagers, and Avoriaz's traffic-free streets have a friendly vibe.
Other things for teenagers to do in Avoriaz:
Giddy up on a horse-drawn sleigh through whimsical snowy woodlands, or rev it up with some snowmobiling fun. The Aquariaz water park should be high on your agenda too. We're talking fast waterslides and lazy rivers. Splash-tastic! And for teenagers who love a bit of two-wheeled fun, check out the snow fat-biking - the Avoriaz Alpine Ski School even offers a skidoo uplift. Send it!
What's the apres like in Avoriaz:
This family-friendly ski resort has oodles of great bars dotted around. Stop by La Folie Douce for some lively apres ski drinks, live DJs and dancing on the tables. Grab a burger or cheese raclette in Le Shooters. And Le Yak Nightclub will keep older teens bopping til dawn. Let's party!
Val Thorens, France
Why teenagers will love Val Thorens:
Everyone from fresh newbies to die-hard black aficionados will love Val Thoren's lofty pistes - the highest in Europe. The ski-in/ski-out digs are pretty sweet too.
Other things for teenagers to do in Val Thorens:
Strike down some pins at the bowling alley, pot some snooker balls, and watch games at the sports bar. Cue decent old-fashioned family time together. Fancy something more active? Fly from Val Thorens to Orelle on a super-fast zip wire. Scream if you wanna go faster! And if you all need a bit of downtime, catch a film at Cinéma Du Lac Blanc, the highest cinema in Europe!
What's the apres like in Val Thorens:
From table-stomping parties to relaxed evenings by the fire, Val Thorens' après ski scene has something for everyone to enjoy after a fun day on the slopes. Dance to live music in the sunshine on the lively mountain terraces of La Folie Douce during the day. And as night falls, older teens can catch some of the world's best DJs at Malaysia nightclub. Just don't expect them to make it to breakfast in the morning!
St Anton, Austria
Why teenagers will love St Anton:
St Anton is where the party's at! Renowned for its world-class aprés ski scene, prepare to let loose!
Other things for teenagers to do in St Anton:
If the weather gods get angry, Arl Park is jam-packed full of tennis courts, trampolines, climbing walls and bowling. Or you can make a splash at the Wellness Centre with heated pools and saunas. Are your mini teens still buzzing with energy after a day on the piste? Race them down the 4 km-long floodlit toboggan course. The last one down is a loser!
What's the apres like in St Anton:
The apres ski in Anton is epic! From lively bars on the mountain to pumping dancefloors in town, the party never ends. Older teenagers can let loose in the Krazy Kanguruh - live DJs, shot skis and dancing on the tables is the vibe. Prost! And the kids will never go hungry with loads of restaurants offering everything from fancy steaks to loaded burgers and chips.
Why teenagers will love Flims-Laax:
Films-Laxx is a snowboarder's paradise, and the off-piste scene is off the charts.
Other things for teenagers to do in Flims-Laax:
The Freestyle Academy Laax is the place to hang out if the weather closes in. From trampolines and acrobatics to skate bowls, ramps and airbags, air-hungry teens will never want to leave! Hoon it down the 3km toboggan run from Foppa to Flims to mix up the snow activities. Or head to the snowpark to hit some rails, pipes and kickers. Slow things down with a laid-back ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, or take to the ice rink. Who can stay upright for the longest?!
What's the apres like in Flims-Laax:
From fun mountain huts and relaxed pubs to cocktail bars and upbeat nightclubs, the apres ski scene in Flims Laax has something for teenagers, young and old. Watch sport with a loaded plate of cheesy chips in Il Pub bar or order mocktails at the hip Riders Hotel. Hungry? You can't go wrong with some delicious wood-fired pizza at Camino. And make sure you try the local version of pasta and bolognese - "Ghackets with Hörnli" - it's super tasty and comes with a surprising side of applesauce!
Why teenagers will love Zermatt:
The mountain scenery in Zermatt is absolutely spellbinding, and the food is mouth-wateringly delicious.
Other things for teenagers to do in Zermatt:
Entice teenagers away from their phones with a train ride to Zooom, where virtual reality headsets transport you to the mighty slopes of the Matterhorn. Or grab your skates for a whizz around the ice rink. Love hiking? The winter walking trails are spectacular - vast snowy plains, soaring mountain peaks and aquamarine glacial lakes await.
What's the apres like in Zermatt:
Zermatt's apres scene starts on the mountain with live music in the sunshine. Head to the Hennu Stall bar for a family-friendly party atmosphere before skiing back to the resort. Then share a steaming pot of cheesy fondue in one of the town's many restaurants. Misplaced an older teen? They are probably catching up with friends in the popular Papperla Pub.
Why teenagers will love Livigno:
Snow sure? Tick! Good Value? Tick. Super fun runs for skiers and snowboarders? Tick! What's not to love about Livigno?
Other things for teenagers to do in Livigno:
Hire some Fat E-bikes for a blast along snowy trails in the forests. The pedal assist will get everyone up to speed, no matter your fitness, so it's great fun for all the family. Turbo mode on! For extra thrills, tandem paragliding over the mountains will get the blood pumping. And dog-sledging tours are a must. Need to take a break? Head to the Aquagranda. Teenagers will have hours of fun on the slides while you relax in the sauna. Bliss!
What's the apres like in Livigno:
Hungry teenagers will be chomping at the bit to sample authentic Italian pizza at several pizzerias in town. And, naturally, the gelato is to die for. Buon appetito! Don't miss live music events at the top of the Carosello 3000 San Rocco gondola every Sunday. And older teens who are keen to party should head to Stalet up on the mountain - meet up with friends, grab an Aperol Spritz, and dance the night away to live DJs. Saluti!
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Why teenagers will love Pas de la Casa:
Great value, a range of slopes for all abilities and one of the liveliest après scenes in Europe, welcome to Pas de la Casa, Andorra’s top resort.
Other things for teenagers to do in Pas de la Casa:
On the snow, they can get stuck into snowmobiling and dog-sledding. In town, there’s a climbing wall, a swimming pool and even a spa.
What's the apres like in Pas de la Casa:
The apres scene in Pas is what really sets it apart. The music starts on the slopes mid-afternoon and doesn’t stop until the early hours. If it’s the party scene you’re after, go in March and April, when longer days and bluebird skies offer the chance to enjoy your first après beers on the slopes. For less lively options, there's plenty of places to eat, from pubs to fine dining, or grab a quiet Guinness at one of the Irish bars.
Why teenagers will love Vail:
With a big ski area, big amounts of snow and a big opportunity to experience terrain that pushes their skills, Vail, one of the USA's best-known resorts, gives Teenagers who love the snow, one of the best on-piste experiences out there.
Other things for teenagers to do in Vail:
From snowmobiling experiences, horse and sleigh rides and dog sledding, Vail offers ample opportunities for Teenagers to get lifelong memories in the snow. And when all its all over, they can unwind and relax with some retail therapy. The shopping in Vail is also a cut above other resorts. Head to the Bavarian-themed Lionshead or Vail village to experience a wealth of high-end retail. While there, why not enjoy some ice skating in the open-air rink!
What's the apres like in Vail:
Foodies will feel at home in Vail, with a myriad of culinary options and bars, appealing to all tastebuds. From gourmet experiences with unique meals to casual sports bars serving up tasty mountainside classics, Teenagers will find cuisines for all their tastes. But don't forget, with the drinking age in the USA being 21, unfortunately even the older teens won't be able to treat themselves to an end-of-day drink at the bar until they're back home!
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