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Best Family Ski Resorts in France

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08-Sep-2017 Laura Jones

Best Family Ski Resorts in France

Starting young prepares your little ones for a lifetime of snowy skiing delights!

While gliding down the slopes might be your ideal way to spend snowy months, it may seem daunting to little ones. By introducing them to nursery slopes and ski schools when they're young, they're sure to learn to love the chilly rush of this exciting winter sport.

What's more, although your favourite slopes might be a long-haul flight away at some of the the best skiing resorts in the United States or a trip over the alps, these journeys might not be manageable with young children in tow.

What's the solution? France! Not only is it one of Britain's favourite ski destinations, but it's also a firm favourite for little skiers and their families and has an excellent selection of slopes perfect for those just starting out to seasoned experts who are ready to shred. Plus, its convenient location means you don't need to endure long flights or jet lag and so you can spend more time enjoying your luxury ski holiday.

The best family ski resorts in France

  • Courchevel 1650 and 1850
  • Val d'Isère
  • Val Thorens
  • Megève

Courchevel 1650 and 1850

Set in the French Alps' 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.

Courchevel 1650 is a slightly quieter resort with a unique character and style. With a more laidback vibe, it's a great option for families who want to enjoy the basics of a ski holiday in the Alps. However, with bus connections to the other four villages on the peak, if you are looking for a roaring après or just want to experience more of the area, it's easily done.

Courchevel 1850 is the jewel in the area's crown and certainly the most luxurious of the villages. The highest of the villages, here you'll find Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury hotels and an amazing shopping district. Plus, for those who are looking for the best runs, you'll be only minutes away from La Saulire, the highest point of the resort.
Skiing Lessons at Aman Le Melezin
Skiing Lessons at Aman Le Melezin

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!
Koh-I-Nor Chalets in Val Thorens
Koh-I-Nor Chalets in Val Thorens


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 if required.
Le Chalet Zannier in Megève
Le Chalet Zannier in Megève
With such an amazing selection of on offer, you and your family are bound to start a tradition that'll last a lifetime, learn new skills together and fall in love with the French Alps. Happy to go further afield? Browse our full range of luxury ski holidays. For more articles like this, be sure to check out Elegant Traveller, our luxury travel blog