The Best Family Friendly French Ski Resorts
France is ideally suited to families travelling from the UK to the slopes, simply hop on a ferry or the Eurostar and press on to your destination within hours of leaving British shores.
There are many ski resorts in the vast country of France, but it is so important to choose your destination carefully and do your research. When travelling with a family you need to consider the ages of those participating and take into account those who may not want to or are unable to participate. The best family ski resorts cater for the needs of all through a range of facilities that will please everyone of all abilities and levels.
Here are my best picks of fabulous family friendly French ski resorts!
This resort has been planned to the smallest detail with families at the forefront of the mind to create a super safe and super fun experience that will appeal to children and parents alike.
This car free snowy paradise allows children to run around without fear of traffic, you can get around by walking or treating yourself to a horse drawn carriage ride. Everything here makes every member of the family feel as if they are being included. Within the centre of the resort, you will find the Village des Enfants complete with tepees. The whole ethos for youngsters under the age of 16 is to learn through play, skiing is not a chore but something to be enjoyed with a good few laughs along the way. This method has been so popular that it has been adopted by many alpine resorts. When the snowstorms do hit the fun doesn’t end and there are ready made shelters to provide entertainment through the blizzards.
Parents can rest assured that their children are learning and having a fantastic time, the children’s lessons start a quarter of an hour before the adult lessons so that parents can drop children off without the stress of racing from one place to another, simply get them settled and head off for their own time on the slopes. A new addition to this resort has been Aquariaz, a tropical paradise waterpark with jets and slides all surrounded by the luxury of lush vegetation and natural sunlight.
This resort combines 11 resorts into one amalgamation of skiing heaven across glorious mountain terrain. All the sites are connected by free inter resort buses and offer the complete range for the whole family. As such it can provide slopes and activities for all abilities from the novice to the expert. For those starting out or who feel they are not beyond intermediate ski level there are blues and greens which offer a quieter run.
For those who feel they would like a challenge to push their skiing abilities to their limits there are the higher and expansive paradiski range to explore.
Extra special activities here include night-time skiing in the Jean-Luc Crétier ski stadium, bob sleighing which is an exclusive activity to this resort in France and a man made artificial frozen waterfall that can be used to try ice climbing!
This ski resort is the best option if you have under 5’s, it shouldn’t be discounted if your party has older children but for toddlers and very young children this resort is undoubtedly one of the best. There are plenty of child-minding clubs and centres to choose from and are included in the price of your break, babies from the age of 3 months can attend here. Child friendly essentials such as baby baths, cots and highchairs are all provided free of charge and to go the extra mile you can hire a une luge-pousette to sledge your little ones around which has been specially designed for babies and toddlers.
This resort feels very safe, again it is a car free area and all seven of the holiday villages are thoughtfully located right next to the ski lifts. Teenagers can extend their independence by attending exclusive teen only events throughout the day and by heading to the teenage disco at night without parental supervision.
From the age of 4 children can start their own ski lessons and if you want to spend the time hitting the slopes yourself and there is a clash of timings, a member of staff will take your child to have even more fun at the ‘Jardin des neiges’. Out of term time you can also get some quality family time and make some memories in the snow play range or take part in a number of events and activities throughout the day and into the evening.
An Alpine resort that captures charm and tradition, its pretty cobble stone streets and adorable village feel make this a very loved ski resort that families return to again and again. It cleverly combines character alongside a world class modern ski resort. Slopes are suited mainly for beginners and intermediates so perhaps if you are an expert skier this resort may not be quite to your level. A sense of peace and sophistication engulfs the resort and there is so much to keep your family entertained when they are not on the slopes. For those who enjoy dining there is a huge choice of restaurants offering delicious cuisine to suit all tastes as well as a great opportunity to sample the excellent apres-ski! For the little ones who will eat nothing but a chicken nugget you can also get a McDonalds fix! Childcare options are to a very high standard, and you will be safe in the knowledge that your family is well cared for.
Situated between the Northern and Southern Alps this area has an exceptional climate with huge snowfalls as well as sunshine for the majority of the year. A collaboration of three ski villages creating one super ski resort perfect for families of all ages and skiing abilities.
Children and beginners can learn to ski on gentle green slopes and families can breathe in the fresh countryside air in the Parc des Ecrins. Little ones will love the lovely snow garden and the kid friendly clubs including Club Piou-Piou.
This family ski resort offers interesting architecture based on the borders of Italy and France at an amazingly high altitude. As such the snow coverage is excellent and its slopes are varied, perhaps being suited more to the intermediate and above. A great choice for those with older children and teenagers there are however options for the younger guest including Club Piou-Piou and Les Pichtouns for those children over the age of 6.
Some of the options here include night skiing during the school holidays. This resort is also highly inclusive, offering disabled guests a tandem ski so that they may ski with the rest of the family.
The location is wonderful as it allows a combination break; just 2 hours away is the French Riviera meaning that you could combine snow peaked mountains and fine sandy beaches all in one trip!
There is so much to do at this family ski resort and there are plenty of options if some members of your party are not passionate about skiing. Situated high in the Pyrenees mountains this resort not only has the usual ski slopes but has a whole menagerie of activities to make your stay one to remember. These include dog sledding, telemark skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, winter canyoning or for those who want to let the tension melt away there are nearby thermal springs.
In the actual village the fun doesn’t stop, and it boasts a bowling, tennis, squash, badminton, a cinema, casino, swimming pool, gym and ice rink. The only question is, how you will fit it all in!
Just an hour and a half from the beaches of the Cote d’Azur is this fantastic ski resort nestled in an Alpine Forest in the beautiful South of France. It has a whopping 308 snow canons making sure that if there is a show shortage the guests will not miss out. Children will have fun in the Parc des Ourson and can start their own ski lessons from just 3 years old. Child minding is available via the Halte-Garderie. Ski lifts are situated on the main street and there is a fabulous, cute ice rink near the main street.
A large and diverse resort offering an assortment of activities including snowshoeing, an ice rink, a disco, dog sledding, a cinema and paragliding and those are just the pastimes off the slopes! Based in the Pyrenees the slopes are suitable for all abilities and also include a snow park with a halfpipe.
There is a fabulous open air thermal water centre complete with waterfalls, saunas and caves. Kids will adore the snow play areas and recreation grounds as well as perhaps trying the toboggan runs!
Back up snow canons of almost 200 are in place to make sure there are no snow shortages.