The world’s best family ski resorts of 2018 revealed

The world's best family ski resorts of 2018 revealedThe world’s best family ski resorts of 2018 revealed

With so many fabulous ski resorts in the world, how do you know which is the best choice for your family? The 2018 World’s Best Family Ski Resorts Awards from Ski & Snowboard with Kids make it easy, with a panel of experts (and our readers) voting for their guaranteed crowd-pleasers, whether you’re looking for beginner-friendly slopes or expert-level terrain parks.

Our judging panel of ski experts features some of the most well-known names in snow journalism, including our editor, Helen Hayes, Rachael Oakes-Ash (aka Miss Snow It All) and Owain Price (managing director of Snow Action magazine), alongside respected members of the industry, including Ben Cardenas from Travelplan, Rodney Muller from Skimax, Rachelle Matheson of Mogul Ski World, Belinda White from SkiJapan.com, Dale Goulding from Deep Powder Snow Holidays and Phil Osborn from Snow Travel Expo.

Ski & Snowboard with Kids, Australasia’s only stand-alone snow travel magazine devoted to families is out now, featuring the fifth annual World’s Best Family Ski Resorts Awards, an essential resource for any family planning a snow getaway.

2018 World’s Best Family Ski Resorts

Our ski gurus awarded honours across a range of categories for Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, the USA and Canada. We then used these scores to determine an overall Best Family Ski Resort for each region:

Australia
1. Perisher, NSW
2. Thredbo, NSW
3. Falls Creek, Vic + Mount Hotham, Vic
4. Mt Buller, Vic
5. Selwyn Snowfields, NSW + Mt Baw Baw, Vic

New Zealand
1. Cardrona Alpine Resort, South Island
2. Treble Cone, South Island
3. Coronet Peak, South Island
4. Mt Hutt, South Island
5. The Remarkables, South Island + Mt Ruapehu, North Island

Japan
1. Niseko United, Hokkaido
2. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido
3. Nozawa Onsen, Honshu
4. Rusutsu, Hokkaido + Appi Kogen, Honshu
5. Sahoro, Hokkaido + Myoko Kogen, Honshu + Kiroro, Hokkaido

Europe
1. Courchevel, France + Zermatt, Switzerland
2. Val d’Isère, France + St Anton, Austria
3. Val Thorens, France
4. Wengen, Switzerland + LAAX, Switzerland + Avoriaz, France
5. Breuil-Cervinia, Italy + Mayrhofen, Austria

USA
1. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
3. Mammoth, California
4. Park City, Utah
5. Steamboat, Colorado + Telluride, Colorado

Canada
1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
2. SilverStar, British Columbia
3. Revelstoke, British Columbia
4. Big White, British Columbia + Sun Peaks, British Columbia
5. Lake Louise, Alberta + Kicking Horse, British Columbia

Winners by category

The Best Family Ski Resort title was awarded based on our experts’ votes across five categories.

Best for Beginners
Australia:Thredbo, NSW
New Zealand: Cardrona, South Island + Coronet Peak, South Island
Japan: Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido
Europe: Courchevel, France
USA: Aspen Snowmass (Snowmass & Buttermilk), Colorado
Canada: SilverStar, British Columbia

Best for Advanced Families
Australia: Mount Hotham, Vic
New Zealand: Treble Cone, South Island
Japan: Rusutsu, Hokkaido
Europe: St Anton, Austria
USA:  Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Canada: Revelstoke, British Columbia

Best for All-Round Family Activities
Australia: Falls Creek, Vic
New Zealand:      n/a
Japan: Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido
Europe: Val Thorens, France
USA: Aspen Snowmass, Colorado + Steamboat, Colorado
Canada: SilverStar, British Columbia

Best Village
Australia: Thredbo, NSW
New Zealand: Queenstown, South Island
Japan: Nozawa Onsen, Honshu
Europe: Zermatt, Switzerland
USA: Aspen, Colorado
Canada: Whistler, British Columbia

Best Freestyle Resort
Australia: Perisher, NSW
New Zealand: Cardrona Alpine Resort, South Island
Japan: Niseko United, Hokkaido
Europe: Avoriaz, France + LAAX, Switzerland
USA: Mammoth, California
Canada: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

A full rundown of all the winning resorts is available online at www.skiandsnowboardwithkids.com.au

Readers’ Choice

As part of our annual Readers’ Survey, our audience voted for their favourite snow resorts in Australia and overseas, which we then broke down into regions.

Australia
1. Perisher, NSW
2. Thredbo, NSW
3. Mt Buller, Vic
4. Falls Creek, Vic
5. Mount Hotham, Vic

New Zealand
1. Cardrona Alpine Resort, South Island
2. The Remarkables, South Island
3. Coronet Peak, South Island
4. Mt Hutt, South Island
5. Treble Cone, South Island

Japan
1. Niseko United, Hokkaido
2. Hakuba, Honshu
3. Nozawa Onsen, Honshu + Rusutsu, Hokkaido
4. Fujiten Snow Resort, Honshu + Myoko Kogen, Honshu + Shiga Kogen, Honshu + Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido
5. Furano, Hokkaido + Naeba, Honshu

Europe
1. La Plagne, France + Val d’Isère, France
2. Courchevel, France + Alpe d’Huez, France + Portes du Soleil, France
3. Chamonix, France + Les Deux Alpes, France + St Anton, Austria + Olympia SkiWorld/Innsbruck, Austria

USA
1. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
2. Beaver Creek, Colorado + Park City, Utah + Vail, Colorado
3. Mammoth, California
4. Breckenridge, Colorado
5. Big Bear Mountain Resort, California + Jackson Hole, Wyoming + Steamboat, Colorado

Canada
1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
2. Big White, British Columbia
3. Sun Peaks, British Columbia
4. Banff Sunshine – Lake Louise – Mt Norquay, Alberta
5. SilverStar, British Columbia

About Ski & Snowboard with Kids

Ski & Snowboard with Kids magazine is the first Australian publication of its kind, acting as the ultimate family guide to snow travel, from snow bunnies just getting their ski legs to speed-mad teens looking for first tracks. As well as sharing the latest news from the resorts of the Southern Hemisphere, we provide first-person insight into and expert advice about the best family-friendly ski resorts of Japan, Europe, the USA and Canada. We also review the hottest gear, chat with Olympians and rising snow sports stars and look at all the après-ski fun you can have off the slopes.

Ski & Snowboard with Kids is published annually and is sold with the winter edition of Holidays with Kids magazine, Australia’s #1 family travel publication, with a quarterly audience of 600,000 families looking to be inspired by the wonders of the world.

Holidays with Kids is Australia’s authority on family travel and is one of Australia’s highest-circulating and most-established travel magazines. It is produced in Sydney by Signature Media, Australia’s leading independent publisher of family and luxury travel titles.

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