While skiing in the Swiss Alps is the dream of most skiers, you don’t need to wait until the kids are on the level of Bode Miller to spend a family vacation at a Swiss ski resort.
Nor are you limited to those famous resort towns. Beyond the glitz of St Moritz and the glamor of Zermatt there are dozens of alpine mountains offering miles of world-class trails, beginner slopes, ski lessons, children’s programs and family-friendly après-ski life.
Here are three of our favorites.
In Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region, the two resorts of Lenk and Adelboden are connected by a lift system, which allows it to offer a variety of terrain for skiers of varying skills. Advanced skiers should head for Adelboden, while the rest of the family will find plenty of beginning and intermediate pistes and slopes at Lenk im Simmental. Boarders will find a total of five terrain parks. This is also a friendly resort for non-skiing family members with its postcard alpine village feel and lots of off-the-slope activities. Like Lenk, Adelboden’s high-altitude setting promises more consistent snow conditions than lower altitude resorts.
Like Adelboden and Lenk, the resorts of Arosa and Lenzerheide are linked and one ticket is valid at both. The mile-long Urdenbahn cable car, opened in 2013, connects the two in a five-minute ride. Both are known for abundant intermediate terrain, with 140 miles of groomed runs that stretch across three different mountainsides. What makes Arosa Lenzerheide so exceptional for intermediate skiers? So much of the terrain is above the tree line and the views are spectacular — such open views are usually seen only by experts skiing the summit snow fields. An added appeal in mid-winter, this region gets a lot more sun than many Alpine resorts. Of the two base towns, Arosa is the more appealing for families.
The largest family resort for winter sports in central Switzerland is the village of Engelberg. Located under the slopes of Mount Titlis, it’s only an hour train ride from Zurich and 45 minutes from Lucerne. The mountain itself is a year-round attraction with its state-of-the-art revolving cable that takes tourists to the summit.
The mountain’s more than 50 miles of ski runs are mostly for beginning and intermediate skiers, with 17 miles of easy runs, 30 miles of intermediate slopesand plenty to keep the kids busy for a vacation.
Experts won’t be bored, however, with steeper slopes at higher altitudes and on the glacier. There’s a lot of good powder skiing at the higher altitudes and it’s easy to access from the lifts. Meanwhile, in Engelberg, there’s plenty to do for the whole family and children are welcome everywhere.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
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