As a giant outdoor playground for adults and children alike, Valais is a popular choice for people looking for a family-friendly hotel, with accommodation in Valais well geared-up to families and children. Hotels on or near the slopes make life easy at the beginning and end of the ski day, so you don’t have to carry a family of skis across town. Choose a family-friendly apartment or one of the range of hotels with indoor pools and kids clubs, and your children will be made to feel right at home.
Family Fun in Valais’ Great Outdoors
Valais is well-known as one of the top winter-sports destinations in the world. It’s so highly regarded that many national teams use the glacier slopes in Zermatt and Saas Fee year-round as their training grounds. But beginners and children are just as well catered for on the gentle slopes of Reideralp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch Eggishorn in Aletsch Arena. Even on Matterhorn, you’ll find 46 miles of beginner runs. There are fabulous nursery slopes for kids with a passion for skiing and snowboarding and special snow playgrounds where little ones can learn in a safe and supportive environment. Sledging, tobogganing and snow-tubing are also a big hit with children getting used to being out and about in the snow, so head for Saas-Grund for the longest run locally or the child-friendly Hoppel Hase Run in Bellwald.
Family Activities in Valais
Beyond the snow and the winter season, there’s plenty else to see and do on a day trip from your family-friendly hotel. Right up there on many families’ must-see list is the welcoming village of Graechen, said to be the most family-friendly place in Valais. Just some of the more unusual ways you can enjoy quality family time together here include llama trekking, games trails, water play and monster scooters. Why not try canoeing or river rafting in the Rhone Valley? Or discover the countryside with a day’s mountain biking? If exploring the past is more your thing, then the spectacular castles in Sion (or Sitten as it’s called by the bilingual town’s German citizens) are well worth a visit.