Mention Greece and many people think of warm-weather vacations on sun-drenched island beaches. But for winter sports enthusiasts in the know, the country is also home to incredible ski resorts that can rival the best the world has to offer.
Aside from more beaches than you can count, Greece is covered in steep mountains, drawing a lot of snow in the cold winter months and, therefore, making skiing a popular wintertime activity for locals and family travelers alike. If you are looking for a unique destination for your next family ski vacation, consider one of Greece’s incredible mountain locations offering family-friendly ski trips.
One of the most popular ski destinations in Greece is Kaimaktsalan, located to the west of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. Situated on the northern slope of Mount Voras, Greece’s third-highest mountain, this resort not only offers skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels (there are six ski lifts and 13 different ski runs), but also offers a snowtubing park. Guests can relax in the resort’s 46-room chalet, explore the nearby mountain villages and take in the breathtaking views of Mount Olympus and Thermaikos Gulf.
Located west of Athens on Mount Parnassos, the village of Arahova is known for its snowy ski slopes and picturesque mountain village, offering the perfect combination of Greek culture and winter fun. Due to its proximity to Athens, Arahova is not only popular among Athenians, but is also a convenient destination for visitors looking to combine their ski vacation with a cultural experience — not only are Athenian hot spots like the Acropolis not far off, but Arahova is also located close to the ancient site of Delphi.
Central Greece is home to one of the country’s largest ski destinations, Karpenisi. With 18 different slopes to choose from, including one black run for experts, there is something for every member of the family, whether they are advanced skiers or just ready for their first lessons. Equally inviting in the summertime, Karpenisi is a fun mountain village offering plenty to see and do on or off the slopes, along with some of the most delicious Greek dishes served up at the area’s many traditional tavernas.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
One of the appeals of multi-generational travel, as opposed to family gatherings at home, is no one is the host and everyone is a guest. When you’re all traveling together, nobody gets left to wash the dishes after everyone else leaves. But the best multi-gen trips are those well planned. Here are a few tips to make your family’s trip the best ever: