Finding an all-encompassing ski destination that caters to families and children of every age, every skill and every interest level is a mighty tall order.
Part of what makes a ski holiday that much more special is the company you travel with, and if some members of the group are really small, extra care needs to be taken while choosing the destination.
Ski family trips to the mountains, ideally, should involve minimal hassle, fabulous fun activities, short transfer times and parents and kids left beaming at the end of the vacation.
The destinations mentioned below have all gone the extra mile to make family ski holidays with small children a bit more special and something to remember for a long time to come.
The multiple award-winning resort of Les Gets is a top destination for families with kids, mainly because of its pedestrian-friendly central square and the plethora of activities, including free welcome drinks to visitors on Mondays.
With an ice rink, an extensive self-contained area for beginners, nursery slopes and sledging runs, it is easy to understand why Les Gets enjoys top billing when it comes to family ski fun. Moreover, Les Gets is just an hour’s drive from the Geneva International Airport.
It’s a perfect option to choose when you book your family ski holidays with Ski Famille. This ensures a great destination and a hassle-free pre-booked adventure with young kids.
Children as young as 3 years can enrol themselves for ski lessons in a fun and friendly environment and spend the rest of their free time playing, either indoors or outdoors. Those over five can take the red bubble lift to the magic carpet and the beginner’s area, with four lifts and well-groomed pistes.
For families with small children, the “Milka mauve Slopes” is the place to ski in because of its gentle slopes, complete with animal cut-outs for an enhanced educational experience. Parents here are encouraged to support the young budding champion skiers of tomorrow.
Where to stay in Les Gets: To simplify things, accommodation is within walking distance of the slopes. Chalet Bogart lies in the heart of Les Gets, and the chic and stylish chalet is a firm favourite with families.
For excellent ski-in and ski-out facilities, nothing can beat Chalet Bacall, where the nearest lift is just a few steps away. The stylish ambience is very appealing to families, and children will enjoy spending time in the bright, airy playrooms.
Les Bruyeres (3 Valleys)
If you are on the lookout for child-friendly accommodation, easy accessibility to the slopes, dedicated beginner runs and ski instructors specifically trained to teach children, then Les Bruyeres should be your next family holiday destination.
Family vacations are made for making memories, a get-together that rings with fun and laughter all the time. Most properties have a Kids Club, which gives you enough time to go shopping or opt for a spa treatment session while the little ones enjoy time alone.
On the slopes of Les Bruyeres, which has both easy and expert runs, adults and children can ski to their heart’s content. Families staying here have the additional benefit of family ski pass, perfect for families of 4-9 persons, with at least two children up to 7 years. Even the adults pay the child rate for a ski pass. Family skiing couldn’t get any better than this.
Where to stay in Les Bruyeres: Accommodation in Les Bruyeres is specially designed to cater to family satisfaction. The fantastic ski-in and ski-out options offered by Chalet Faucon are unparalleled in the entire 3 Valleys skiing area.
For high levels of space and in-house facilities, few properties in Les Bruyeres can offer enhanced customer service than Chalet Le Corbeau. While adults can soak in the hot tub on the terrace or play pool, the young ones can spend time in the purpose-built multi-cinema.
Travelling with small children can be challenging, especially if you plan to have a ski vacation with things like lift passes, equipment hire and ski lessons to arrange. But not at La Plagne, as this extremely family-friendly ski resort makes all these things available easily.
La Plagne has been bestowed with the family plus award a number of times, which shows how this destination has been striving over the years to streamline its services and costs throughout the resort, which finds considerable favour with families holidaying with kids.
The beginner areas are easily accessible, the ski instructors can speak English, and the ski tuition available in La Plagne is of the highest standard for the little ones.
Where to stay in La Plagne: Nearly every hotel and rental accommodation in La Plagne offers top-quality services for families and great ski-in and ski-out facilities, which are convenient if you have kids as it involves less lugging of ski equipment.
Some excellently catered ski chalets which come in the mind are Chalet Delphine and Chalet Nicole. The chalets are located beside the pistes in Plagne 1800, offering quick access to the world-famous Paradiski Ski area, with a number of family suites, with some offering surreal views of the surrounding ski area.
Reberty 2000 is one of the best and most affordable of all ski resorts in the Three Valleys skiing area. Apart from that, its high altitude(2300m) ensures that you are bound to have snow-sure conditions throughout the season. This attractive and modern Village sits right on the side of the piste. With over 660 km of pistes, this is quite a vast skiing domain.
The Three Valleys is an area for outstanding skiing for all skiers, where young children can ski with their families on carefully groomed pistes with average routes around the peaks. Kids from 2.5 years onwards are encouraged to learn skiing and at the same time, engage in games and laughter.
In contrast to Meribel and Courchevel, Reberty 2000 and the nearby stunning mountain village of St Martin offers the best value for money as far as dining out is concerned. Non-skiers can go shopping or hit any of the bars in the village. The leisure complex has a swimming pool, hammam, sauna and solarium.
Where to stay in Reberty 2000: Accommodation in Reberty 2000 comes in all budgets, but some prominent catered ski chalet names are Chalet Chamois, Sapin de Reberty and Chalet Bramble.
The Ferme de Reberty is just a few minutes stroll away from the family chalets and is a great spot to enjoy a meal, have a drink or two and soak up the sun. Moreover, the Reberty chalets are just one lift below the highest ski resort in France, Val Thorens.