A handpicked selection of family snow parks in Italy for kids, perfect for a snow holiday.
I love the snow, and so do my kids.
However, none of us ever managed to learn how to ski! So, when it comes to snow holidays in Italy, things get tricky fast!
Italy has fantastic mountains and places like Val Badia, Val Gardena, Cortina, among many others, are a paradise for those who can enjoy their powdery slopes.
If you don’t ski or snowboard, however, not every ski resort is suitable and you may end up paying over the odds (skiing in Italy can be very pricey) for a vacation that doesn’t quite hit the mark.
I was, therefore, delighted to discover about Italy’s family-friendly snow parks.
Snow parks for kids are outdoor mountain areas in ski destinations geared up for kids who do not ski or at their first ski experience.
They are effectively playgrounds on the snow and they are perfect for kids who want to play with snow but don’t have the age, desire, or the opportunity to join a ski school.
Snow parks come in several shapes and sizes.
For this roundup, I focused my attention on some of the larger ones and those best suited for a family snow holiday, in terms of ease of access, facilities in the towns and overall appeal.
If a snow park sounds like a great option for you, I hope you will enjoy this list!
In this guide, you will find my selection of kid-friendly snow parks and ski parks in Italy.
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Fabulous snow destinations for families in Trentino Alto Adige
When thinking of great destinations in Italy for a family ski vacation, the first place that comes to mind is the region of Trentino Alto Adige.
Blessed with stunning mountains and towns with a delightful fairytale charm, this area is beautiful, welcoming, well equipped and super family-friendly.
We have talked here >>> about the many reasons why recommend visiting the Dolomites with kids.
Today, we are going to focus on the bigger snow parks in the area.
Children park Snowpark for Kids at Obereggen, Alto Adige
The first children’s snow park on this list is in Obereggen, a lovely mountain locality in Val D’Ega, near Bolzano, in Trentino Alto Adige.
The ski area of Obereggen is part of the large and wonderful Latemar ski resort.
Adults skiers may already know it as it is blessed with 48km of slopes, 18 lifts, snowboarding parks and night slopes and now the area also offers areas for kids.
In ‘Brunoland‘, under the friendly eye of the local Mascotte Bruno the Bear, kids can have fun in the snow on the conveyor belt, the local snowcat, a snow tunnel; they can try tubing on the tubing run and jump to their heart content on the bouncy castle.
At the Yeti Children’s Park, activities are organized in the form of a mini club and there is an option of trying skiing with local instructors who can make it easy and fun for small kids.
Kids aged three and four can even have fun in the park’s show house!
The whole area is well equipped for families and offers excellent hotels with attractive packages including accommodation, meals, spa facilities, and skipass.
The area is close to Bolzano, which makes it one of the easier areas to reach in Alto Adige.
A family hotel in Obereggen you may like is the FamilienHotel Maria/Maria Family hotel: the hotel has family rooms and suites, a restaurant, spa (including family sauna), baby and toddler room equipment, skipass, and kids ski school.
Closest aiport: Venice
Carezza family ski area, Nova Levante, Alto Adige
Carezza Ski area in Nova Levante is one of the best ski areas in the Dolomites and has child-friendly ski areas that cater to visitors of all ages.
King Laurin’s ‘Kinderland’ is the largest kids area in the park and caters to children age 3 and up.
Here, they find a conveyor-belt lift, a ski carousel, a bouncy castle and toboggans, as well as a warm playroom for when they need a break from the cold.
The whole area is thought out just for them and you are a guest of ‘King Laurin’ which also has a stunning snow palace here.
Ski instructors are available for children’s lessons and the kids can get their first skiing experience on the baby slope.
As well as climbing rolling carpets, they can even have the thrill to go up on a height-adjustable drag lift, Naniland: this is the first of its kind in South Tyrol.
Adults and more experienced siblings can also enjoy this area.
There are 41 km of slopes, many winter trails and the area is close to Bolzano, in Alto Adige, less than 1h away by car.
Family-Friendly hotels you may like:
Moseralm Dolomiti Spa Resort: In a stunning location between the massif of Catinaccio and Latemar, the hotel has nice family rooms, restaurant, spa, pool and it is just beside the ski lift. The hotel offers easy access to all the Carezza ski area, ski pass service, ski classes and ski kindergarten right at the hotel.
Romantik Hotel Post Cavallino Bianco Nova Levante: in a lovely location between Latemar and Catinaccio mountains, this is a lovely family hotel with family suites, restaurant on-site, spa, pools, playroom and playground.
The hotel offers discounts to children such as free skipass and free extra bed for kids under 8 (terms and conditions apply, please read the small print of your package of choice for details)
Closest Airport: Venice
Kinderpark Ciampedie Vigo di Fassa – snow playground in Trentino
Kinderpark Ciampedie is a snow playground located above Vigo di Fassa, in the province of Trento.
Val di Fassa is popular with families in both winter and summer.
The most popular destinations in this valley are Moena and Canazei, but Vigo is also lovely and a great place to call home for a few days if you want to enjoy the snow and also a pretty town.
Vigo’s playground sits at 2000 mt altitude (this is quite high) and you reach it via the local cable car.
The park is right beside the arrival station and has plenty to keep kids entertained: bouncy areas, slides, swings, tubing area, tapis roulant to easy slopes for skiers and bobs.
The park is managed by the ski school of Vigo di Fassa and access to it is usually included in the packages offered by the hotels in Vigo.
Good to know! Vigo di Fassa is a small town only a short drive from Bolzano: if you go in December, you can easily mix time on the snow with a trip to see Bolzano’s Christmas market, one of the best Christmas markets in Italy.
Family hotels close to Ciampedie Snow Playground you may consider are:
Hotel Andes – A lovely family hotel in Vigo, geared explicitly towards welcoming families with kids.
The hotel has interconnecting rooms for families, a restaurant on-site, a swimming pool, a spa, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, and it is just beside the ski school.
Family Hotel La Grotta – this is a very special family hotel with spaces decorated to make your kids feel like they entered into a magical fairyland! Click on the link and you’ll see immediately what I mean!
Families here find kid-friendly rooms, a restaurant, a playroom, kids’ ski lessons, access to Ciampedie Snow Park, mini club and kids’ evening entertainment.
The hotel is proud to present itself as a small, family rin place rather than a ‘luxury hotel and this is a great way to think bout the whole are: a family-oriented, not overly glam, lovely ski destination.
Closest Airport: Venice
Family snow park in Valle Aurina, Alto Adige
Aurina valley is a fantastic Alpine Valley in the Bolzano Province, with beautiful mountain scenery and fantastic kid-friendly snow parks and hotels.
The area is one of the best places in Italy for skiing with kids and has two main ski areas called Speikboden and Klausberg.
Kalusbers is a sky area with over 30Km of slopes of different levels of difficulty, cable cars and chair lifts and it is where you find Klausiland, a snow park just for kids.
Klausi is the local Mascotte and it is a Dinosaur!
In his land, you find rolling carpers, slides, slalom piste and Klausi’s castle, made of snow.
The dinosaur theme continues in ‘Dino Fun-Line Klausberg’, which is an area dedicated to children who want to try freestyling with kid-friendly boxes, whoops and curves.
For children who love adrenaline activities, this area also has Klausberg Flitzer, a monorail Alpine coaster.
This is a rollercoaster that uses the mountain slope to gain speed ad it is a super fun way to come down the mountains if you do not ski.
Last but not least, Valle Aurina is also where you find Snow and Fun Tamarix.
Snow & Fun Tamarix is an adventure park for kids in Selva de Molini, where they can try their hand at skiing, tubing, snowboarding and more.
With so many places for playing with the snow and skiing, Valle Aurina is one of the best places for a skiing holiday with kids in Italy.
Family hotel in Valle Aurina you might like:
Hotel Alpwell GallHouse: this is a lovely family hotel with traditional Alpine decor and modern comfort for kids and adults.
The hotel has nice family rooms, a restaurant, sauna, spa and indoor pool.
Kids winter park Andalo, Trentino
Ask Italian families where to go skiing with kids in Trentino and Andalo is what you will hear!
Andalo is a very popular family-friendly locality in Trentino, perfect for beginners and families who want to enjoy the snow without necessarily hitting the slopes.
Andalo is located between the Brenta Dolomites and Paganella and it is basically a large playground for kids with a plethora of activities.
Here, you can enjoy the town, go snowshoeing, rent snow bikes for kids and adults and ski to your heart content in the outstanding Paganella Ski Area.
The jewel in the crow in Andalo when it comes to kids’ activities in winter is Andalo Life.
This is a large area close to Andalo town center with a plethora of things to do for kids, open in winter and summer.
The area has pools, climbing walls, mini-golf, playgrounds and, in winter, a fantastic area called Andalo winter park with tapis roulants for kids to try snow tubing, bobs, sleds, easy slopes and lots of bouncy areas, all outdoors.
The town of Andalo itself is pretty, sunny, and it is close to Trento and the Northern shores of Lake Garda.
Family hotels in Andalo you may like:
Hotel Nordik: located right in the center of Andalo yet right beside the Paganella ski area, Hotel Nordik is a fantastic hotel for families with modern rooms in Alpine style, a nice restaurant, kids play area, pool and wellness area.
Kids snow park in Plan the Corones, Alto Adige
Plan de Corones is a fantastic region in Val Pusteria, in the northernmost part of the Alto Adige and it is one of best know areas for skiing thanks to challenging slopes.
However, it is also a great place for kids and beginners skiers thanks to some wonderful snow parks!
There are several family-friendly ski areas here, to suit all needs:
Kids Area Panorama, in Valdaora, is a lovely snow park for kids at their first experience.
here, they find a magic carpet, a baby slope for junior skiers and slopes for sledding and snow tubing, as well as plenty of opportunities to both play and relax on the snow.
PlaygroundSNOW is on the Pedagà ski run and is perfect for kids who are attracted to freestyling, which they can learn with the aid of a local instructor. The park has a horizontal gate, a kicker, banked turns, roller coasters, quarterpipes, waves and it is a great way to see more experience freestylers at work.
This area is also where you din the Snowpark Knronplats, which offer an Easy Line, Medium Rail Line, Medium Kicker Line and Family Fun Line, perfect if you are traveling with skiers with different skill levels.
Family Hotels in Plan de Corones you may like:
Hotel Fameli: this is a lovely family hotel in Valdaora, perfect for families who love the options of lots of entertainment.
As well as nice family rooms, this hotel offers a nice kids’ play area, kitchen ‘atelier’ for kids, family pool areas, a spa, excellent access to the slopes and kids’ snow play area.
Other family snow parks in Italy your kids will love
Family snow park in Piedmont
Prato Nevoso is a popular destination for families in the province of Piedmont, Cuneo.
Easy to reach from Turin, Milan and Genoa, this is a lovely option if you want a family weekend in the snow. The local snow park has inflatables, baby sleds, slopes for snow tubing; there is lots of entertainment for kids helmed by the local Mascotte Asso,a friendly wolf.
Baby slopes and ski classes are available for those who want to have a go at skiing and there is plenty of space for gronw ups to relax too.
This area also has a full-on snow park for experienced skiers, should you want options for different skill levels.
Family snow parks in Val D’Aosta
In the extreme northwest of Italy lies beautiful Aosta Valley, a region blessed with fantastic slopes and famous ski resort towns such as Courmayeur and Cervinia, just to name two of the best known internationally.
Val D’Aosta is well equipped to welcome families and, like in Alto Adige, you will find play areas for kids in many of its most famous localities such as Courmayeur and Cogne.
Some of the mosy popular snow parks for families in Val D’Aosta are:
Funpak Chacard, Pila (Aosta) – Located beside the arrival station of the popular Aosta-Pila cable car this fun park on the snow has areas for kids big and small.
For little ones, there is a dedicated area with inflatables, while the tapis roulant allows older kids to climb up to slopes devoted to bobs and tubes.
Located just above Aosta, this is a scenic yet very easy to reach snow playground for kids, perfect for families who also want to enjoy this lovely town.
Torgnon Winter Park for kids – The winter park at Torgnon is one of the most popular in the area.
It is located in the Chantornay valley, which is a sunny valley with views over the Matterhorn, and it has a baby area for small kids and attractions for older ones who may already have some ski experience.
Among the attractions in the park, there are inflatables, bouncy areas, a carousel and traditional playground equipment tapis roulants to climb to the ski and plat area, tubing run, snake gliss, and zibob.
Snow Park Rhêmes-Notre-Dame – Located in Bruil, on the outer edge of the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park, this is a nice snow park for kids with 3 magic carpets, kids’ ski-run, a carousel, soft toys, a maze, climbing wall, snow bikes and an area for older kids with tubing, sledding and more challenging ski slope.
Family snow park for kids in Abruzzo
Abruzzo is maybe hte most underrated ski destination in Italy.
However, blessed with stunning mountains and scenic national parks, it has a lot to offer to families with kids, often at a fraction of the price you find in better-known localities.
A lovely snow park in Abruzzo for kids is in Campo Felice.
Campo Felice snow park is part of the larger Campo Felice Ski area and has inflatables for small, kids, opportunities for tubing, sledding, magic carpets and plenty of areas for kids and adults to both play and relax.
I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of snow destinations in Italy for families at their first snow experience. Safe travels!