Skiing with Teenagers
The thought of taking your teenagers away on a ski holiday can sometimes present parents with an age old problem: how do you find a resort that will suit both your needs and theirs.
Resorts and operators are beginning to take notice of the previously untapped teen market, offering ski tuition, off-slope activities and clubs specifically aimed at the 13+ age bracket.
What to look for in a teen-friendly resort
When selecting a resort, look at places that offer a good choice of off-slope activities, bigger resorts offer swimming, night skate-boarding, skating, snowboarding and even husky dog sleigh rides. Many hotels have games rooms and lounge areas that are geared towards teens, giving them a place to hang out and stay occupied after a long day’s skiing.
Find a resort with a terrain park. The increasing popularity of freestyle skiing and boarding has turned these areas into unofficial teen hangouts. The family friendly resort of La Plagne, France, has a designated Teenager Zone, offering a half pipe, two freestyle zones and snow park for all ability levels.
Offering your teens some independence is vital, choosing a slope side or centrally located property means that they can get around the resort easily without relying on you to ferry them around.
Many resorts offer courses specifically aimed at young adults aged 13-16 years, allowing teens to engage and learn with people their own age. For those who are looking to improve their technique, some resorts offer courses where teenagers can learn carving (fast low turns), park (jumps and tricks) or go off-piste.
This resort combines fabulous skiing with an excellent après-ski scene. Teens are kept well occupied with a whole range of activities including tennis, swimming, hot air ballooning, indoor climbing and sleigh rides. The Adventure Ridge activity centre caters to young people of all ages and features tubing and ski-biking.
This family friendly, car free resort boasts some of the finest skiing in Europe. The village has plenty of activities to keep teens busy including ice skating, ice hockey, tobogganing and indoor climbing. Music loving teens may want to coincide their visit with the Zermatt Unplugged music festival, which occurs each April.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Boasting the fifth largest ski area in France, this resort offers a whole host of amenities to keep young people engaged. The superb sports centre allows teens to take up activities such as basketball, tennis and football. Also featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools this resort has something for the whole family.
Set at the foot of the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, this resort offers an excellent range of pistes and guaranteed snow. The Optimum Sports Centre offers fantastic facilities including an indoor swimming pool. Teens can also enjoy sledging, sleigh rides and bowling within the village.