On a recent family ski holiday to Italy we chose to spend a delightful four nights at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort situated in a valley below the spectacular Brenta Dolomites, which along with seven other resorts forms part of the Skirama Dolomiti adamello brenta.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the most amazing little town where you will find a handful of restaurants ranging from traditional pizzerias to small coffee shops, a few cute souvenir stores and plenty of ski hire places if you don’t have your own equipment. There are also a number of ski schools offering snowboard and skiing lessons for all levels.
However, one of the things we loved about this town (travelling as we were with our two-year-old) is the large kids play park in the middle of the town, including a free jumping castle with loungers for mom and dad relax on.
Family-friendly ski resort in Italy
The family-friendliness of this resort in general was actually one of the main reasons why we chose it in the first place, as this was to be our first ever ski holiday with the little one in tow.
Along with those central jungle gyms in town there were also a number of family fun parks located directly on the slopes themselves. Here we could spend the day with our little one playing in the snow or tobogganing down the gentle slope. There are even travelators at these parks and tubes available to hire so you don’t have to keep walking up and down lugging a sled.
And if your kids are at the age where they are starting to learn to ski or snowboard these are safe spots to do so as they are off to the side off the main ski slopes, cordoned off and clearly demarcated so you won’t have anyone crashing into your precious bundles.
A large ski area
Another thing we loved about Madonna di Campiglio is that the ski resort is located in the valley and the slopes spread out on either side of town with gondolas either side. This means that no matter where you stay it is just a short walk to the slopes.
The town also sits in the centre of the Ski Area Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta which boasts over 150km of slopes linking more than five different towns with a variety of different grades to suit all ski abilities as well as some snowparks for those who want to try a few jumps. And with the Superskirama ski pass you also have access to a variety of other resorts within an hour or two drive if you want to extend your trip and discover more of what this beautiful region of Italy has to offer.
The lifts throughout the resort are mix of modern gondolas getting you out of the villages from multiple points plus numerous comfortable multi-seater chair lifts which allow for moments to take in the views and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
We spent most of our days at one of the family fun parks as they all situated close to the main gondolas, making them easy to get to with a toddler and all the prams, nappy bags, snacks etc. that come with small humans. We would make this our base for the day as there were many restaurants and bars to choose from and with ample places to sit and relax both inside and out.
One of the questions we’re often asked about this trip is how did you manage to get any skiing done with a toddler around? And now you know why Madonna di Campiglio is such a great family ski destination. With the location of the town in the valley, the numerous parks and facilities for children, and the fun parks up on the slopes, it’s easier to take turns skiing, or making snowmen, drinking hot chocolate, and playing in the snow, providing a fun holiday that both the young, and the young at heart, can enjoy!