There is a lot to consider when planning your first family ski holiday. From choosing the best resort to selecting the most suitable accommodation, we have put together some top tips for preparing for your winter trip.
Finding the Best Resort
With so many resorts to choose from, finding the best destination to suit the whole family can be a difficult task. One useful sign to look out for is the ‘famille plus’ stamp, which is awarded to French resorts that show a great variety of children’s activities and value for money.
Some resorts incorporate fun features for the children that will make their first time on the slopes exciting for everyone. Les Gets, for example, has a themed ski area for children that include Wild West characters, tepees and wild animals on a boarder cross slope that makes ski practice fun. Alternatively, Meribel is home to the animal-themed ‘Moon Wild Piste’ set in woodland, whilst Val d’Isere has a kids-only snow park.
It is always helpful to consider other resort activities on offer for when the kids are fed up of the slopes and you are in need of some alternative entertainment. Many resorts will have a cinema, bowling alley or ice skating rink; but some also put on fun outdoor activities such as tobogganing, sleigh rides or snow-shoeing. There may even be activities available away from the snow, such as face painting and chocolate making workshops.
Ski schools in resort are another important consideration when deciding where to go; choosing a resort which has English speaking instructors will make the learning process easier. One example is ESF ski school, which teaches children as young as three years old in their ‘club piou piou.’ A money-saving tip for complete beginners is to book group ski lessons; a budget-friendly option that still provides the basic skills needed to enjoy the first venture onto the slopes.
Choosing the Right Accommodation
Chalets are a great choice of accommodation. Some chalets even offer dedicated baby and toddler weeks, with benefits including a feeling of home-away-from-home during your holiday and the option of either catered or self-catered accommodation.
Those on a budget should consider booking at popular resorts with specialist ski operators, such as choosing chalets at Val d’Isere with Alpine Elements, where there are typically more offers available. An additional budget tip is to book with other families to make the holiday even more fun for the kids, whilst also reducing the cost. Once the chalet is booked, then relax whilst the resort staff provide advice on the best areas for first time family trips, both on and off the slopes!