Top resorts for a skiing break with teenagers

Check out our pick of 6 family-style ski resorts offering the coolest activities for your teens. And you never know… while they’re focused on their fat bike, hanging on to a toboggan or freestyling up in the air, they might even forget to send their pals a Snap!

Published on 11 January 2021

Fine-tune your style at Isola 2000

Riding into the sunset!

Looking for a family-style winter sports destination in the Southern Alps sure to please your teens? Opt for a resort complete with a snow park! The Tony Snowland snow park at Isola 2000 is a first-class choice for young riders of all ages. Beautifully-maintained, the park – one of France’s top snow parks – features a great choice of modules ranging from mini boardercross to a freestyle zone and promises endless thrills to remember.

Snowpark Tony Snowland, Isola 2000

Must-do toboggan run in Réallon

Awesome!

With its unique panoramic views over Serre-Ponçon lake and Les Aiguilles de Chabrières, the family-style ski resort of Réallon is an ideal spot for discovering the joys of the mountains with a choice of downhill, cross-country and snowshoeing trails. But we’re willing to bet your teens will want to go there to try out La Ripaaa ! Meaning “slide” in local dialect, the Ripaaa is a 100% natural toboggan run measuring 4 km in length with an incline of over 500 metres. Climb aboard for 40 minutes of non-stop thrills (and possibly some spills!), with hairpin bens, turns and bumps requiring skill, dexterity and nerves of steel… La Ripaaa is open to kids aged 7 years upwards. Children aged 7-12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

La Ripaaa, Réallon

A palette of activities at Auron

A paradise for inquisitive minds

Located in the Southern Alps, Auron is a lively ski resort featuring an incredible domain dedicated to out-of-the-ordinary activities such as bubble football and igloo building, while daring skiers will definitely want to try their hand at tubing and airboarding. And if your teenagers are MIA, check out the leisure room complete with video games, table football and ping pong. For outdoor chenanigans, the Family Park awaits you with a fun run, snow modules and obstacle course, or you can spice up your day even more with the combined treasure hunt and orientation course. And if you’ve still got energy to spare when evening comes around, treat yourselves to a night-time adventure on the toboggan run.

Teenagers’snow activities, Auron

Try some new ski moves at Serre-Chevalier

Freestyling like a boss!

The ski resort of Serre-Chevalier promises a fabulous winter break for all the family in the Southern Alps against a backdrop of beautiful larch forests, with a plethora of activities for amateur winter sports fans and nature lovers alike. Check out the fun MélèZone offering freestyle introductions for all the family, featuring a natural course dotted with wooden and snow obstacles. Just hop on the Forêt or Orée du Bois ski lifts or the Champcella drag lift to get there. After a strenuous morning, it’s time to enjoy a well-earned picnic with all the clan in the relaxation areas. If you’re still wondering “where to go skiing with the family”, this family resort definitely ticks all the boxes.

MélèZone, Serre-Chevalier

Pedalling over the mountains

Fat bike fun in Val d’Allos

Val d’Allos is a real paradise for ski buffs and this vast domain is home to two ski resorts bathed in sunshine for twice the fun! If your teens are adrenalin addicts, they’re going to love fat biking . This “super mountain bike” fitted out with huge tyres is perfect for conquering snowy trails. You can opt for an introductory lesson with a qualified instructor, who’ll teach you all you need to know about this bizarre contraption and how to steer it, brake on snow, take it up on the ski lift and even how to tackle a night-time incursion on the slopes… If you’re fat biking by day, several trails are available according to your level, so all the family – or almost – can enjoy this novel sport: fat biking is open to kids aged 13 years and upwards, measuring at least 1.50 metres.

Fat Bike, Val d’Allos

Hold on to your hats in Pra Loup

Sensational snake gliss!

Pra Loup is one of the Southern Alps top family ski resorts. Forget about classic sledging – so 2000! – and opt for snake gliss instead. This fun and thrilling activity consists of up to 10 toboggans tied together to form a train. Don’t miss the 5 p.m. departure – the guide is sure to get you laughing and hanging on for dear life at the same time after a few S curves! Tip: opt for the front of the train if you want a more peaceful descent, while the feckless and fearless can hop on at the back for a real boneshaker. But fear not, this devilish descent from the highest point of the ski lifts all the way down to the resort – a total of 5 km with an incline of 500 metres – is open to anyone able to use a standard sledge.

Snake Gliss, Pra Loup

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