Skiing in Norway and Sweden: Top resorts

Head to Scandinavia for quiet slopes, child-friendly facilities and snowy activities for your family ski holiday

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The Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden were made for family ski holidays, offering guaranteed snow cover, quiet slopes and dedicated kids' areas for a stress-free getaway.

Whether you or your children are taking your first ski trip or want to combine your holiday with other winter activities, Scandinavia's ski resorts promise to keep the kids and adults happy.

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With a plethora of snow and ice activities, the Swedish and Norwegian mountains provide plenty of fun right through Christmas and Easter. Top-notch ski schools, cosy accommodation close to the slopes and child-friendly restaurants mean you can enjoy the best of a traditional ski break in a destination you may have never thought of.

We've picked some of the best ski resorts in Norway and Sweden for family-friendly skiing...

Best for mixed abilities: Vemdalen, Sweden

Situated in west Sweden near the border with Norway, Vemdalen's reliable snow record and quiet slopes are ideal for young families and nervous skiers, while its black runs and mellow powder offer excitement for the more advanced. The three different ski areas of Vemdalen, Björnrike, Vemdalsskalet and Klövsjö/Storhogna, are covered on the same lift pass and are all linked by a ski bus. For those wanting to try a different activity, dog sledding and snowmobiling are must-dos, while Sameland is an a new experience in Björnrike, which allows you to meet reindeer, learn about Sami people and enjoy a traditional meal in a Sami house. Ski Safari offers a week-long Learn to Ski holiday for a family of four staying at Fallmoran Apartments from £1,215 per person.

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Best for families new to skiing: Sälen, Sweden

Sälen is a group of four interlinked ski areas not far from the border with Norway. Combined they are the largest ski area in Sweden and offer a fantastic holiday base for families and those interested in skiing and exploring the stunning Swedish fells. The connected resorts of Lindvallen and Högfjället are the quintessential choice for families, especially those new to the snow. The high number of wide open green slopes is a paradise for young children and is ideal for building the confidence of those just starting out on skis or snowboard, while the fantastic Experium complex provides unbeatable off-slope entertainment for all the family. Sälen's wide range of activities includes snowmobiling, husky sledding and ice-karting for an all-round family holiday. skiSweden offers a seven-night holiday for a family of four staying at Sälen Ski Lodge from £930 per person.

Best for kids of all ages: Trysil, Norway

With its high proportion of confidence-boosting green and blue runs, varied family facilities, guaranteed snow promise and numerous activities, Norway's largest ski area Trysil is ideal for toddlers to teens. More than 80 per cent of the accommodation is ski-in, ski-out, which makes it even easier for families to access the slopes. Children can enjoy the kids' ski area, which features magic carpets, forest trails and even a talking tree. Families can even leave the slopes and enjoy a water park at Turistsenter's Radisson Blu, which showcases an indoor surf wave. Ski Safari offers a seven-night Learn to Ski holiday for a family of four staying at Radisson Blu Resort Trysil from £1,295 per person.

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Best for young children: Geilo, Norway

Start the family holiday with a scenic train journey to one of Norway's oldest resorts, Geilo. The resort fringes the country's largest national park and families can try dog sledding, fat biking, ice fishing, tree-top rope courses and cross-country skiing, as well as a visit to the Langedrag Nature Park & Mountain Farm. The two ski areas, Geilo and Geilolia, are linked by shuttle bus and offer novices unintimidating slopes, helpful lift attendants and an award-winning ski school. After skiing, choose from a selection of restaurants serving pizza, local game and seafood. Ski Safari's week-long Learn to Ski holiday for a family of four staying at Vestlia Resort costs from £1,375 per person.

Best for advanced skiers: Åre, Sweden

A real winter wonderland with spectacular scenery, Scandinavia's largest ski area offers skiing to suit all levels, with a great area for young beginner skiers teamed with fantastic ski instructors who are fluent English speakers. Advanced skiers will really be in their element in Åre as there are awe-inspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes, as well as the adjacent Duved, which provides world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available. Off the slopes, there's husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice climbing and the Northern Lights to look out for. Iglu Ski offers a seven-night holiday for a family of four staying at the Holiday Club Resort from £854 per person.

Best for extra activities: Beitostølen, Norway

Featuring dedicated beginner slopes, an English-speaking ski school and wide pistes ideal for cruising, the family-run resort of Beitostølen should not be missed. The traditional village has been designed for convenience, with all amenities within walking distance. Families who fancy a break from skiing can try dog sledding, swimming and rafting down the slopes on an inflatable raft. Alternatively, there are many cross-country trails available. In the evening, listen to live music at the low-key après-ski bars. Ski Safari offers a seven-night Learn to Ski holiday for a family of four staying at Bergo Cabins from £1,095 per person.

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