Swiss Ski Vacations Made Easy for Families

Marnin Michaels
Chalet Alpenhoff where Marnin Michaels’ apartment is located

Although New Yorkers famously love their city, it is also well-known that they also love their vacations. Here is a little survey of some great family-friendly accommodations for people thinking about taking their families on a perfect Swiss ski holiday.

Let’s begin with the lovely Hotel Bodmi in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The hotel is rated three stars, but would definitely rank as four stars anywhere else in the world. They offer family rooms in addition to one, two and three bedroom apartments which have full-use kitchens. The atmosphere at the hotel is family oriented, with a kids’ club open during ski season. Grindelwald offers one of the best options for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Located at the foot of the Eiger and the Jungfrau, Grindelwald is a fabulous choice for the perfect family ski vacation.

Looking for a place a little more off the beaten track? Saas-Fee is a spectacular location which affords a large amount of privacy to families that would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busier, “first-tier” ski resorts in places like Zermatt, Zinal or St. Moritz. Access to automobiles in Saas-Fee is limited to preserve the charm and tranquility of this unique town. Only 50 meters from the Alpine Express ski slopes is the four-star Chalet-Alpenhof, where Marnin Michaels and his wife Melissa Kaplan own a four bedroom chalet apartment. The elegant, comfortable and modern apartment was recently renovated, offering a dining room that seats eight, an efficient kitchen with wide-angle views of the incredible mountains, and other amenities perfect for families. The Michael-Kaplans stay there themselves about eight weeks each year, offering their lovely home for rent the rest of the time.

Do you and your family crave a bit more of a luxurious atmosphere when on vacation? Consider the brand new boutique hotel in the St. Moritz resort area, the Nira Alpina. The interior design is cozy and idiosyncratic, creating an atmosphere which is both fun and hip. Worried that such a unique hotel might distract from your enjoyment of the mountains? Do not fear- the huge windows in both the public spaces and in the guest rooms seem to bring the Alps right into your lap. A special plus for the kids is the fact that the Nira Alpina is the only ski-out hotel in the area with immediate, hassle-free access to the resort’s hiking and skiing. During the peak season the hotel has a kids’ club for children 4 years-old and over, making the Nira Alpina a good choice for families even with young children.


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