The Best Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in France
The snow is starting to fall and the ski season is just around the corner. There’s no doubt that it’s only a matter of time until we’re all booking our ski holidays. Whether you’re heading away with friends, on your own, with a loved one or with your family, we all want to make sure we pick the perfect ski resort to make the most of our ski holiday!
At Ski-Lifts we’re no strangers to French ski resorts, so we’ve put together a list of the best family-friendly ski resorts in France…
Over 15,000 beds, no cars and only horse-drawn carriages. Avoriaz certainly sounds like one of the safest ski resorts in France, where you can happily send the kids to the shop for some freshly baked croissants.
As well as scoring big points for the no cars environment, Avoriaz is also home to a unique ski school that goes by the name of ‘Village des infants’. The ski school is based on the idea of learning through play and it also becomes a sheltered spot to entertain children when the weather is too bad for them to ski. Adding to everything, there’s a new water park which has opened in Avoriaz.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday at one of the best ski resorts near Geneva, Avoriaz is the place for you.
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As 11 resorts rolled into 1, La Plagne really does give you bang for your buck. Advanced skiers can be happy in the knowledge there’s plenty of high-altitude slopes of the snowsure Paradiski area for them to explore. While beginners and intermediates can practise on the many uncrowded blue and green runs. Some big highlights for the whole family include; an artificial frozen waterfall, which is perfect to practice ice climbing, night-time skiing at the Jean-Luc Cretier stadium and France’s only bobsleigh run which is open to the public (of course, under supervision).
Who agrees that La Plagne is one of the best family ski resorts in France?
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Think cobbled-stone streets and a pretty village character all combined with a developing ski resort which is very modern and desirable. This all adds to the charm of Megeve and is the reason that this is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in France, not to mention, one of the oldest.
What makes Megeve one of the best family ski resorts in France though? Well, for one the resort is known for its high standard of childcare, there’s plenty of fantastic family-friendly restaurants to choose from and there are varied runs throughout the resort for beginners and intermediates. If you’re looking for family-friendly skiing in France, Megeve is the place for you.
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Serre Chevalier is located on the boundary between the Northern and Southern Alps and it even has its own micro-climate with some large snowfalls and 300 days of glorious sunshine throughout the year. What more could you ask for?
Children can enjoy plenty of activities throughout Serre Chevalier, including; the Club Piou-Piou with top of the range childminding facilities and a snow garden at Monetier. Not to mention, there are a number of easy green slopes for beginners, whether they’re children or adults. With all of the previous and the stunning countryside surroundings in the Parc des Ecrins, Serre Chevalier is a must for any family ski holiday in France.
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If you’ve ever been to Les Gets, you will understand why it has made the list as one of the best family ski resorts in France. This resort will tick all the boxes, family friendly, full of character, charm and fantastic skiing, what more could you ask for?
Les Gets is perfect for families, with its stunning scenery, high-quality chalets with in-chalet childcare and access to a world-class ski area. Not to mention it is one of the best ski resorts near Geneva with a short transfer time. You can also enjoy a range of ski school options, delicious mountain restaurants and a family focus which is hard to beat.
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What La Rosiere resort lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in good old family-friendly atmosphere. ‘Children are royalty’ is the motto of the Espirit rangers at La Rosiere, that alone says it all doesn’t it? The unintimidating pistes all around La Rosiere are perfect for anyone trying to improve their technique, along with the ‘Yeti Village’ beginners area, which is perfect for youngsters who are just starting out. If you want to have a day on your own without the children, you could drop them off at the amazing Les Galopins club and indulge in some heli-skiing or even ski across to Italy for a stone-baked pizza. Family-friendly skiing is what La Rosiere specialises in.
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St Martin de Belleville
While St Martin de Belleville is not a ski resort filled with nursery slopes, if you do have youngsters who are already up to speed, then this is the ski resort for you. Family skiing is one thing that St Martin de Belleville has aplenty. The ticket office offers a beginner’s pass which not only saves money but keeps young and old learners on the terrain that suits them. As well as the different ski passes, there are frequent family deals allowing the whole family to ski for children’s rates.
Part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, there’s no lack of choice when it comes to the variety of pistes here. St Martin de Belleville is one of the best family-friendly ski resorts near Geneva.
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Access to slopes comes ridiculously easy in Flaine, this makes it a dream for ski enthusiastic families. Your little ones will absolutely love the Ballacha sector’s fun zone and the slaloms, banks and tree-lined trails in the fairy-tale like Ze Forest. While you set off to explore the Grand Massif you can leave the children with the ESF’s Rabbit Club or the ESI’s Green Mouse group, where they will undoubtedly have tonnes of skiing-related fun. When you’re not skiing, the whole family can be enjoying themselves with indoor climbing and bowling, all the way to relaxing in the spa at the Aquatic centre.
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