Family skiing holidays are something to be cherished. Spending time with your children in the fresh air of the mountains, all doing something you love and coming together at the end of the day to tell tales of daring do and obstacles overcome is priceless. What can be tricky however, is finding most suitable ski resort that is family friendly. So S’No Queen have put together the top 3 family friendly ski resorts in France for you to go skiing.
La Plagne, France
Whether you’ve got young tots or older teens La Plagne may have your family’s name on. It has various runs spread out above the 10 villages that together makes it an ideal destination. Most Brits stay in Belle Plagne as youngsters there is a children’s playground for tots to learn in. For big groups of families then Plagne 1800 or Montchavin are best suited. Each village has good ski schools and its own nursery run or two, then there are endless intermediate slopes, plus five terrain parks or boardercross courses to keep the more adventurous children and big kids entertained.
Puy St Vincent, France
Puy St Vincent is a couple of purpose-built stations plus an old village. Most of the accommodation, which is mainly self-catering, is in low-rise apartment blocks at the bottom of the slopes in the larger of the two stations, 1600. It has tree-lined slopes that sit immediately above the resort and are good for intermediates wanting a challenge. Beginners can find their feet in two nursery slope areas. The childcare facilities in resort are excellent, with both ski schools have kindergartens. The choice of tour operator can make or break a family skiing holiday so choose with care. Snowbizz, who have operated solely to Puy St Vincent since 1986, is a safe bet if you want a well-thought out and convenient family holiday. All the details have been taken care of, from Sunday flights to a full suite of childcare options from six months to 11 years. The childcare options are fantastic as if you want to enjoy a nice glass of wine in your winter thermals after a long day skiing then this gives you the chance.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Spreading out immediately above Alpe d’Huez is a vast bowl of easy green runs, served by the fast DMC gondola. It’s a veritable playground for beginners, but just watch out for the sometimes dangerously fast passing traffic from the slopes above. There’s a good range of blues for confident youngsters to progress to, plus an nonthreatening terrain park near the bottom of the slopes with gentle rollers and jumps. There are plenty of self-catering apartments and more hotels than you’d expect, but perhaps the best option for families is the ski-in, ski-out Club Med Alpe d’huez La Sarenne.
Most people will say that Avoriaz may not be the prettiest of resorts, but it’s certainly one of the most functional and striking. A car-free collection of towering self-catering apartments perched on a cliff, accommodation is ski-in, ski-out and horse-drawn sleighs are the only vehicles on the snow-covered roads. The Village des Enfants is in the heart of the resort, with Disney characters and special slopes to entertain and educate children aged three and older. There’s a British-run ski school, Avoriaz Alpine Ski School, for older kids needing a challenge or friendly encouragement. Accommodation is mostly in apartments – there are a few small chalets if you’re seeking a comfortable alternative.