But there is such a thing as a resort that is more child-friendly than its rivals, and here I list some personal favourites. Practically all are traffic-free; none are American, on the simple grounds that they all seem to do childcare pretty well, and it's difficult to single out one or two.
Small, pretty, friendly old village with a long tradition of British visitors; nursery slopes are conveniently close to hand, although the main ski area is a short bus ride away.
Cars are kept to the fringes of this charming old hamlet on the fringe of the La Plagne skiing; in the centre, nursery slopes merge with orchards and restaurant terraces. Ski Esprit and Simply Ski go here.
Saas Fee, Switzerland
A sort of Zermatt for families: snowy paths and wooden barns, but a happy absence of international glitz, and excellent gentle nursery slopes at village level. Cold in midwinter.
Affluent, traditional-style family resort where cars can't be moved during the week and skiers get around on an underground people-mover. Excellent resort childcare facilities.
This French resort demonstrates that purpose-built doesn't have to mean brutally functional. Its pedestrian centre is built in dinky traditional style, with a road looping it to give car access to piste-side accommodation. And it has Saperlipopette: a comprehensive childcare and child tuition centre that is probably the best in the French Alps.
An old British favourite, full of Victorian hotels and reached only by mountain railway, which is also the main lift up into the skiing. In the heart of the tiny village is a little nursery slope, ideal for those first steps on skis.Reuse content