Family skiing holidays in the Swiss Alps

Spending an annual week of skiing holidays with your family is a sort of national tradition in Switzerland. Because we have small children at the age of 3 and 1,5 years, we decided on a 2-bed apartment in a family-friendly hotel and leisure resort in a small ski area, Stoos Muotatal, less than one hour drive from Zurich and from where we live.

Swiss Holiday Park (website in German only) is a four-star holiday and leisure resort situated in the small town of Morschach in the Canton of Schwyz, above Lake Lucerne with a hotel, holiday apartments, several restaurants, a wellness and spa complex, a large adventure pool, a wide range of sports options, a children’s club and playroom, a children’s ski lift, a farm with animals and pony riding etc. Briefly: the resort offers everything that a family with children needs for every weather situation. Thanks to the perfect mountain weather on all days except one we didn’t really have to exploit the resort.

Instead, we took the aerial cableway to the actual skiing area Stoos (1,300 m above sea level). It’s a relatively small, but very nice and reasonably priced ski resort. As my wife Corina and I had to take turns skiing and watching the children anyway, the 35 km of slopes were more than enough. Despite the not so high altitude of the skiing area and the difficult overall snow situation in this winter, the snow and slope conditions were excellent. Moreover, the views from the mountain tops (1,935 m above sea level) into the Alps and down on Lake Lucerne were just breathtaking (see photos). The only disadvantage of the Stoos ski resort is the limited capacity of the cable car from Morschach which led to waiting times of more than 30 minutes in the mornings and afternoons. As you may know or guess, 30 minutes are longer with small children than without:-) A funicular railway with much higher capacity takes skiers up to the mountain from Schwyz – but this wasn’t an option for us due to the location of our resort.

All in all, we spent a wonderful week of precious family time, sporting activity, sunbeams and alpine air. And last but not least, our older daughter successfully completed her first moves on skis!

 

Date of visit: 12 – 19 February 2017
We stayed in an apartment of the Swiss Holiday Park (recommended when travelling with children)

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