6 cool ski resorts for a holiday with older teens

Welcome to our top pick of family ski resorts offering “insane” activities for older teens! And of course, while they’re – literally – up in the clouds, or racing down head-first on a toboggan, they’re sure to want to share their snowy adventures on Tik Tok. 3, 2, 1… Game on!

Published on 20 January 2021

A sight to remember with ski paragliding

Rubbing shoulders with the peaks in Montclar

Fancy a family skiing break? Head to Montclar Les 2 Vallées: a welcoming, family-style ski resort – the only self-managed resort in Europe –, ideal for adrenalin freaks looking to try their hand at ski paragliding . And what a feeling it is to glide over snowy landscapes and lap up the sweeping views over the valleys of Ubaye and La Blanche. The cherry on the cake? Majestic vistas over Serre-Ponçon lake. And there’s no need to be scared: all flights are accompanied by a qualified instructor, plus you never feel dizzy on a paraglider! So without further ado, let’s take off to conquer the clouds!

Parapente, Montclar

Risk-free thrills on the Brut de Neige runs

Off-piste pleasures in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier is one of the Southern Alps’ most popular family ski resorts. At the heart of its 1,013-acre ski domain and famous larch forests, you’ll find Brut de Neige : a series of safe, signposted runs dedicated to off-piste aficionados for a truly exhilarating downhill experience on ungroomed snow. You can’t get much more old school than that! But beware: the Brut de Neige slopes are recommended for skiers with good technical skills (black slope level). They are situated throughout the ski domain.

Brut de neige, Serre-Chevalier 

Fun family time in the snow

Variety is the spice of life at Valberg

Amusement alert! We’ve nailed it this time for sure. Perched at an altitude of 1,700 metres, at the heart of Mercantour National Park, the lively ski resort of Valberg welcomes you with a Family Park . Ring the bell, jump into the hoop and bounce on the ball… The Family Park consists of 3 fun courses for three times more fun! A little souvenir pic to take home? Cheese! Cameras are placed all along one of the stretches of the Family Park. Confirmed riders will want to check out the Valberg Park boasting 4 types of rail – Street, Rainbow, Descent, Tube – and 4 types of box – Wall Ride, Eboy, Dance floor and Love Handle. The resort is eco-friendly too: the Park’s modules are all dismantled at the end of the season. Last but not least, nature lovers can enjoy an early morning snowmobile ride to admire the sunrise…

Zones ludiques, Valberg

Freestyling!

A shot of adrenalin at Vars

The Vars La Forêt Blanche ski resort is a must for acrobatic winter sports addicts who really want to crush it! This family-style resort in the Southern Alps features numerous freestyle areas with various modules allowing all levels to progress or perfect their freestyle technique. The Park de l’Eyssina is one of Europe’s most beautiful slopestyle parks, with a vast choice of lines (green, blue, red and black). We also love the atmosphere of the Totem Park with its totem sculptures and modules, and Far West-style constructions. Where to ski with all the family? This young and dynamic resort is an absolute must!

Snowpark, Vars

Land on a cushy giant airbag

Try out new tricks at Le Sauze

How about heading to the family style village resort of Le Sauze ? Located in the Southern Alps, this resort’s vast and varied palette of activities includes a giant airbag – not for the faint-hearted! This impressive inflatable mattress allows avid skiers to try out new tricks, figures and acrobatics in all safety after launching themselves off the snow ramp. You’ve got this! Whether you’re on skis or a snowboard, the landing is safe and soft, so you won’t be limping home… The airbag is open free of charge every day during school holidays, plus Wednesdays and weekends outside school holidays, for all levels from gold star upwards (ages 10 years and over).

Air Bag géant, Le Sauze 

 

Down the slippery slope

Sensations galore at Auron

When you’re planning your family skiing break with older teens in the Southern Alps, remember to tick the “with snow park” box! The Auron ski resort is a prime destination for adventure lovers and you’ll be able to try your hand at airboarding there too. A brand new, easy and entertaining winter sport led by a qualified instructor, this inflatable toboggan is an absolute blast. Simply lie on your stomach with your head facing the slope and let your body weight do the steering… You’ll love the Family Park too – a fun course featuring snow modules and obstacles. Thrill-seekers will want to head to the Snow Park’s two zones: zone 1 is the beginner’s zone ideal for novices and amateur freeriders, while zone 2 is reserved for intermediate and advanced-level skiers. Intense! And if you’re looking for a truly novel experience, you can also take part in a ski lift evacuation exercise – a great way to overcome fear and a guaranteed memory for life!

Snowpark, Auron

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