Your guide to your first ski holiday as a family! Part 1
Your guide to your first ski holiday as a family!
Thinking of taking the family to the snow for the first time but not sure where to start? Dreaming of Crisp mountain air, bright blue skies, snowball fights and cosy chalet supers? To achieve this in reality will take meticulous planning, research and a sense of humour!
For the powder hounds amongst us we simply can’t wait to get our toddlers on a black run and share our joy of snow sports. And for first timers what better way to bond as a family than to laugh at each other tumbling in the snow!
We have written this blog series to help you find the best places to ski, accommodation, lessons, hire, travel, insurance, extras and all the rest!
Where to go?
Choose your resort carefully and make sure the one you choose is child friendly. Easily accessible beginner areas with magic carpets so you don’t break your back trying to navigate button lifts with your little darling. Lots of resorts have other stuff to keep your little ones entertained like ice rinks, swimming pools, bowling alleys and more.
Our top pick:
Les Coches, La Plagne – Ski La Source offer great value catered or self catered accommodation in a family resort with something for everyone. Chris and Linda are have been running the business since 1997 and offer a relaxed home from home environment. The advantage of such a personal service is that they will help guide you through every step of your first holiday.
The neighbouring resorts of Les Coches shares the same facilities as Montchavin.
Highlights include a great ski school, a few local bars and restaurants with live music on a Wednesday, pool and ice rink. This resort is linked with Les Arcs and gives fast access to over 425km of piste including a new beginner area with magic carpet accessed from bubble lifts.
Other family favourites:
Sainte Foy – a pricier option but very convenient, intimate resort, great off-piste, with beautiful chocolate box accommodation and a fully English crèche. There are only actually 4 lifts in the resort making the ski pass a bit cheaper but still plenty of great skiing to be had. Added bonus in Ste Foy is the moving carpet lifts and a fenced-off nursery slope right next to the village.
La Rosiere – Known for its sunny aspect, excellent snow conditions and good mix of uncrowded pistes, La Rosière is a wonderful family-orientated resort but one that is suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. It offers the chance to ski into the Italian resort of La Thuile as it straddles the French-Italian border and provides excellent value for money with reasonably priced ski school, hire shops and après ski activities. Ski Beat have 5 chalet is this resort and have tonnes of experience travelling with young children and loads of ideas to convert your little ones into passionate skiers.
The best resorts and packages get filled up about a year in advance so plan ahead and book early to get the pick of the accommodation.