Courchevel, France

Good for mixed ability, safety-conscious families wanting access to world-class facilities.

Busy Courchevel, filled with partying celebrities may not seem a natural choice for families with youngsters in tow. But the resort has one of the world’s biggest ski schools and, perhaps more importantly, pioneered new technology that magnetizes children to its chair lifts by means of a special vest as they ascend the slopes. Releasing at the arrival point of the chair lift at the top of the slopes, it eliminates the fear of a small child sliding under the bar and off the chair.

It’s also easy to forget that Courchevel has five different base villages. While the best known, Courchevel 1850, is indeed busy, it has a dedicated children’s learning ski kindergarten, and the lower centers—particularly 1550 and 1650—have a reputation as quieter, family-friendly destinations but with fast access to the world class skiing above for which the 3 Valleys is famous.