Planning a holiday for the whole family can be a total nightmare that ends up with you wishing you'd never left in the first place. And if anything, planning a family skiing trip can be even more daunting.
Austria has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and the International Ski Federation World Championships six times. The quality of the powder and the well-located and equipped resorts make skiing in Austria one of the best winter sports experiences you can find.
While it offers some of the most challenging and thrilling slopes to the professionals, it also has a range of other slopes that appeal to skiers of all levels of ability.
Given that much of Austria's youth love skiing, resorts normally offer dynamic instructional programmes that cater to all levels of experience. Some of them also offer progressive lessons, all taught in English.
Skiing in Obergurgl
With great snow levels that run through from November till May, Obergurgl is ideal for families and children. There is little to no through traffic in the resort. It's got a very high altitude of 1,930m, and the area is generally low-risk. It's a mercifully short drive away from Innsbruck airport, and it has a family-friendly environment rather than a party-oriented, Après-ski scene.
Instruction tailored to children is readily available throughout the area. For those who might be frustrated by the relatively limited pistes, the off-piste areas should be agreeable.
Skiing in Ellmau
For those with very young children, Ellmau is probably the best destination to take them. The nursery slopes are not exceedingly far away from the piste, which means parents don't need to travel back too far to pick up the kids once they've skied themselves.
Ellmau is small and peaceful, making it ideal for those with young children - but if you find yourself requiring a holiday from your holiday, the party goes on at the resort in Söll, which is nearby.
Skiing in St. Anton
St. Anton is particularly well-suited for children of all experience levels. Staff will escort children every weekday morning for lessons. Most of the instruction packages include lunch in the afternoon after the lessons, where the children will either be taken afterwards to join others at one of the chalets.
Alternatively, parents can arrange to pick their kids up at an allocated meeting point. There are different areas for children with different needs - all activities are well-thought out and planned in order to reduce parental stress.