Having a family doesn’t necessarily mean you need to cut back on your ski holidays, however skiing with children and babies does mean more to consider when booking your ski holiday.
Whether you are planning a ski holiday with your own children, grand children or a group booking with friends who are bringing their children you still need to think about family friendly ski.
Although not all Ski resorts will be suitable for children, there are many family friendly Ski resorts available. Here are a few favourite resorts for family Ski holidays.
Pamporovo, Bulgaria is a lovely resort that really caters for children, the food is top rated and the slopes are ideal for beginners.
Serre Chevalier, French Alps – the Alps are always a popular destination for Ski holidays and the short journey to France means travelling time is good for younger children and senior relatives. They have some fantastic apres ski activities for older children like igloo building.
Copper Mountains Colorado is very family friendly but also a good Ski resort for all levels of Ski from beginner to expert there are plenty of runs to choose from to keep everyone happy.
Soldeu, Andorra is a cheaper and quieter option than the Alps so ideal for beginners and children, the Ski school has English Instructors which is great for children, this also means there are often a lot of British people around who favour this resort.
Obergurgl, Austria – If you just want to hop on a plane and not bother with car hire then this resort is ideal as it has a very short transfer from the airport and there are hardly any cars in the resort making it very safe. The resort feels like a village or a community which makes it a lovely resort for children and pre teens.
Mona Lisa Apartments, Puy St Vincent – if you would prefer an apartment feel to a chalet experience then the Mona Lisa Apartments are great, it is self catering so better if on a budget but the restaurant food is top rated. They have great facilities for children and are very family friendly.
Chalet La Sonnaille, Chatel – another family favourite resort is the Chalet La Sonnaille, they offer Mum and me and Dad and Me for a parent and a 3/4 year old to learn to ski. They also have very experienced Ski Nannies who can help with all the difficult bits and allow grown ups some time on the more difficult runs knowing children are safe and having fun.
Ski Resort Childcare
When booking your Ski holiday childcare is very important. Although you want to spend time with your children, you will not get the full experience for yourself if you don’t have some sort of childcare.
Ski nannies are excellent they can help entertain the children in the snow whilst you go on the difficult runs.
Make sure the resort you choose doesn’t have long transfers between childcare and runs as spending most of your time going between Ski runs and seeing your children will not be fun.
Many resorts offer apres ski activities for families, children and pre teens as well as teens.
If you are going in a group then there may be a few people happy to help out, such as friends or grandparents, you may have your own nanny who can come with you. It can sometimes be a good idea to book a holiday with another family and share responsibility whilst the children can help entertain each other.
When looking for resorts with childcare follow this simple checklist:
- What session times are available – you need to know if they will fit with your own lessons and plans
- What age ranges are the childcare options
- Does the tour operator run a kids club?
- Is there a creche for babies and toddlers
- Do you have to travel to a location on the resort to drop off and pick up – if so how far away is this from ski runs or lesson meeting points
- Is there a ski school – is this half or full days?
- Is there accommodation based childcare
- What family facilities are there?
- What apre ski activities are there for children
- What options are there for children who don’t want to have ski lessons
- Are there any evening childcare options
On the slopes you need good quality ski clothes that will keep them warm but also let them move and let their skin breathe. You don’t want them becoming uncomfortable or getting ill.
Investing in good quality ski clothes can be frustrating as children grow so fast, we always recommend to save money to invest in versatile thermals for ski and if you aren’t planning on doing the full season hiring the outer wear. If you are planning a lot of Ski trips this season then you can get some good deals on children’s outerwear, for yourself it is almost always worth buying if you enjoy the slopes.