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Go for Zermatt.. Prices are no higher than anywhere else and the resort is as Snow sure as can be, I skiied on the Glacier for 3 days in August (along with all the Olympic teams DS and DD. They have a huge fireworks display I heard. Saas Fee is lovely but not in an intimate way; v pretty but v cold on the slopes as sun always seemed to be behind a peak and the best runs are on a glasier! (as I remember). Transfer by train from Geneve, one change, four hours and 6 mins.
Saas has challenging runs as well but not a huge number of black pistes so you could have "done" it in a few days. The lift pass includes other smaller resorts easily accessible by bus for a change of scene and it is possible (but you'd need an early start) to day trip to Zermatt. Transfer to either is longish (3 hours +) unless you fly to Sion. Engelberg might be worth consideration as within 2 hours by train of Zurich. Pretty and family friendly.
Thanks for these ideas. Saas Fee/Zermatt is an idea, although I've heard SF is more of a beginner resort - is that true? DH and I aren't experts, by any means, but we like challenging reds and can do quite a mileage of those in a week.
What about Austria? I've only been to Ellmau and St Anton - so are there any high family-friendly resorts that anyone can recommend?
Pretty place, high altitude - so likely to have snow that early (people apparently go skiing in summer?). On the other side of the mountain from Zermatt, but without the crowd and the uber-high prices.
We went to La Tania this year - about 2 hrs from Geneva and lots of companies offer chalet crèches there. They had fireworks for new year and a mini disco in the snow, I think most resorts do similar. In 3 valleys so even if you get unlucky with snow there (we had plenty) you can get lifts higher up.
Can anyone who usually skis at this time of year recommend a good, child-friendly, snow-sure resort that's fun at new year?
DH and I are confident intermediates and we've skied quite a lot, but not at new year in the Alps. We have two DSs (who will be 6 and 2), usually ski in France (but are open to other countries), prefer a transfer under two hours, and have only done chalets with childcare since we started skiing with our kids.