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 are family-friendly! France - one of Britain's favourite ski destinations - has established itself as an easily accessible choice for little skiiers and their families. So, whether they're just beginning to find their legs on the snow, or are accomplished boarders, you can be assured that they will be whizzing down the slopes in no time!
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.
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.
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!
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.