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Choosing a family holiday can be a daunting task: from finding engaging activities for moody teenagers, to keeping the terrible twos occupied, different age groups come with different challenges.

To help in this search, My Private Villas has put together a selection of fantastic chalets in the top ski resorts to satisfy even the most demanding family group.

Top Ten Chalets for families

Chalet Aurelio

  • Austria, Austrian Alps, Lech
  • Guest up to 20

Upscale and pretty, Lech is the ideal destination for families looking for a traditional winter wonderland. Located in the heart of the resort, Chalet Aurelio is an eight-bedroom, ski in/ski out property. It boasts an inviting and cosy living room graced by a large fireplace, a cinema room, an 18 metre indoor pool, and a spa, allowing guests to truly relax. All ages will enjoy the array of activities available in the area, from the revolutionary art installation Skyspace Lech to more traditional ice-skating or tobogganing.
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Chalet House Hannes Schneider

  • Austria, Austrian Alps, Stuben
  • Guest up to 12

The tiny village of Stuben am Arlberg offers an authentic alpine experience, as one of the oldest ski resorts in the world. Located in a pedestrian area making it ideal for younger children, House Hannes Schneider is the former home of skiing pioneer Hannes Schneider, refurbished to become an elegant and comfortable six-bedroom chalet. The centrepiece is a lovely living room with a cosy wood burning fireplace, and just some of the family-friendly amenities include a cinema room, library, sauna, and a hot tub. The chalet is fully catered for a properly pampering holiday.
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Chalet Perla - LV 02

  • Italy, Dolomites, Cortina
  • Guest up to 12

It’s not only glitz and glamour in Cortina d’Ampezzo; whilst the star of the Dolomites has a reputation for attracting mostly VIPs, it’s also a lovely town with breath-taking views, traditional eateries, and plenty of sports activities available. In the midst of it all, the beautiful six-bedroom Chalet Perla is the ideal base for a family holiday, offering a children’s playroom for the youngest of the group, a bar and a spa for the adults, as well as a pool with waterfalls, and a cosy cinema room ideal for all ages to spend time together. Cortina offers three unlinked ski areas with reasonably quiet slopes suitable for all levels of skier.
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Chalet La Datcha Val Thorens

  • France, French Alps, Val Thorens
  • Guest up to 15

With an elegant mix of traditional features and contemporary details, the eight-bedroom Chalet La Datcha is perfect for keen skiers, situated just 10 meters from the slopes of the world’s largest ski area, but also for multigenerational families. It offers two cinema rooms and an amusement arcade with foosball and sim racing equipment for the young (or the young at heart), whilst the grown-ups can enjoy the gym, golf simulator and spa facilities. Val Thorens is a very family-friendly resort, with slopes suited to all levels and access to the renowned Three Valleys ski area.
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Chalet Dolce Vita - Courchevel

  • France, French Alps, Courchevel
  • Guest up to 14

The luxurious Chalet Dolce Vita is located in family-friendly Courchevel Moriond (1650), which boasts its own toboggan run and offers access to the vast Three Valleys ski area. With seven bedrooms, it is perfect for hosting more than one family under its roof. After a long day of skiing, children can be kept entertained in the playroom, whilst adults enjoy a drink in the bar or relax in the sauna and steam room. The chalet even provides a decorated Christmas tree during the holiday period – a lovely touch, perfect for families celebrating the festive period on the slopes.
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Chalet Montana

  • France, French Alps, Val d'Isere
  • Guest up to 15

The ski in/ski out Chalet Montana really goes the extra mile for families – it includes sledges and a children’s room with bunk beds and shelves full of toys and books. For the adults there is a spa, where each guest can indulge in a complimentary two-hour massage and a wine cellar stocked with local favourites. Val d’ Isere is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the French Alps with its “Children’s Village” offering childcare, activities and entertainment for kids up to 13 years old, a rich calendar of social events, and fantastic après-ski for the grown-ups.
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Chalet Amazon Creek

  • France, French Alps, Chamonix
  • Guest up to 10

Sitting at the bottom of Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, Chamonix is a bustling mountain town, though it’s perfectly possible to enjoy its amenities from a more peaceful setting! Nestled in woodland beside a fresh mountain stream, Chalet Amazon Creek is the ideal place to reconnect with nature, without forgoing comfort. There’s a heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and spa facilities, as well as a cosy cinema room for entertainment. This five-bedroom chalet has flexible catering options that can be tailored to a group’s needs. The staff can prepare an early children’s dinner on request, leaving the adults with time to enjoy a leisurely evening meal and indulge in a bottle or two from the chalet’s own wine cellar. The chalet can be booked with neighbouring Chalet Baloo (six bedrooms) and/or Chalet Baby Bear (three bedrooms) for larger family groups.

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Chalet Noma

  • France, French Alps, Megève
  • Guest up to 13

Just 500 meters from the slopes, the six-bedroom Chalet Noma in the heart of Megève is a lovely residence with quite a few touches dedicated to children and teenagers; from the triple en-suite bedroom perfect for kids or teens and dedicated staff bedroom for a nanny, to the cinema room, swimming pool, and bar with dance floor, it is the ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled ski holiday. Megève is a fantastic family resort, which merges traditional alpine charm with excellent skiing, a lively array of off-slope activities, and high-end cuisine.
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Chalet Aspen

  • France, French Alps, Megève
  • Guest up to 13

From the state-of-the art cinema room and well-equipped games room to the heated swimming pool and lavish spa, the seven-bedroom Chalet Aspen offers entertainment for all generations. With a welcoming living room with a fireplace and even a grand piano, everything in this stylish chalet suggests high-end quality time with loved ones. For families with young children, there’s a staff room set away from the main guest bedrooms, ideal for a nanny. Only 3 minutes’ drive from the nearest lifts and 5 minutes from the heart of the resort, this beautiful property is not only ideally located, but it’s perfectly equipped to guarantee guests of all ages a fantastic winter holiday.
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Chalet Aconcagua

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Zermatt
  • Guest up to 12

Fully-catered and with a dedicated concierge, the chic and contemporary five-bedroom Chalet Aconcagua can host up to 12 guests thanks in part to an en-suite bunk room, created with children in mind. There are plenty of entertainment facilities for all ages with a cinema room, TV and playroom, well-equipped gym, and a fabulous hot tub and hammam. The chalet is a short walk from the Sunegga funicular and the car-free village centre, offering easy access to top ski schools and allowing everyone to enjoy the many family-friendly activities of Zermatt from tobogganing and treasure hunts to a visit to the Forest Fun Park or the Matterhorn Museum. This chalet can be booked with neighbouring Chalet Elbrus (five bedrooms) for larger family groups.
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