When is the best time to introduce your children to skiing? While sliding down the slopes might be your ideal way to spend snowy months, it may seem daunting to little ones. However, a young age is a great time to prepare for a lifetime of skiing fun, setting up many winters to come with the joys of a luxury ski holiday!
There is a lot to consider when getting a skiing holiday right – especially with nervous first timers in tow. Luckily, there are plenty of resorts that take into consideration the special needs of families. France, which is one of Britain’s favourite ski destinations, has established its Famille Plus Award, recognising resorts that go out of their way to make families feel welcome and at home while enjoying their skiing escapades. Each of our featured ski destinations in France has achieved this status, guaranteeing days packed with fun for all ages.
The Famille Plus Award covers all the bases for ensuring family frolics in the snow go ahead without any slip-ups. The award covers six commitments that promise to provide a family-friendly holiday, entertainment for everyone, prices to suit all ages, activities for children and adults alike, shops and services within easy reach and special attention paid to the needs of learner children. Whether your family are just beginning to find their legs on the snow, or are accomplished boarders, you can be assured that you will be whizzing down the slopes in no time!
Our Featured Ski Resorts for Families in France
All of our featured skiing destinations in France cater fantastically well for families with the Famile Plus Award. With five-star chalets and luxury hotels across Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850, Megève, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens, family fun in the snow is just a short flight away.
Courchevel 1650 and 1850 – Set in the French Alp’s Three Valleys ski area – the largest ski area in the world – these two charming villages are ideal for your family’s first skiing holiday. With one-hundred-and-fifty kilometres of ski runs served by fifty-eight lifts, getting around couldn’t be easier. The designated ‘ZEN’ areas have been specially reserved for beginners, while the nineteen green and thirty-five blue runs are great for getting to grips with the runs.
Val d'Isère – With more Britons visiting Val d’Isère for winter sports fun than any other ski resort, you can’t go far wrong here. Children can take a lesson in the Snow Garden, where no more than six children at any one time can build up their skills with expert instruction, plus there is an aqua centre for splashing about in when the snow gets a bit too much, along with luxurious spa facilities for parents to unwind in.
Val Thorens – The highest altitude resort in Europe, set in the Three Valleys area, Val Thorens is renowned for the quality of its snow, perfectly groomed runs, cutting edge facilities and all ski-in ski-out accommodation. It features a ‘Fun Slope’, where children can practice weaving between obstacles, through snow tunnels and over bridges, before progressing to the ‘Easy Park’ to put their new skills to the test. It also boasts a friendly village atmosphere with a fantastic après ski offering!
Megève – Quaint and authentic, the village of Megève was once a peaceful market town. It is now a charmingly unique skiing area with beautiful alpine scenery, and is a perfect place for families to enjoy a luxurious ski break together. Children will love the sledging area, enjoying a dog sleigh ride or a glide on the ice rink, while there is a complimentary carpet for beginners to start learning the ski ropes. There is also a good number of ski schools and instructors to give your little ones extra guidance.
For more information on our ski resorts in France, to make an enquiry or to book your luxury Alpine ski holiday, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.