When you’re going on a family ski holiday, you want to make the most of your time together. There can be a lot to think about, and a lot of different people in the group to please. However, France is a great option for a family ski trip. There are ski resorts in France that offer great value for money, whilst giving you access to some of the most stunning mountains in the world. Here are our top five tips for making the most of family ski holidays in France.
1. Choose a ski resort with a variety of pistes
It’s likely that you’ll have different levels of skiers in your family. Check out the piste map of your resort before you go and see what types of runs are in resort. Ideally, you want to have a good mixture of all levels. This gives little kids and beginners an opportunity to start on appropriately challenging terrain and gives the more advanced skiers adventure so that they aren’t bored.
And even if everyone is a beginner, you’ll want to be able to progress onto more challenging slopes as the week goes on.
2. Partake in some non-skiing activities
Another great way to make sure everyone in the family has fun, is to mix up the activities. Grab a bum board and go sledging around the village after a day on the slopes, or check out some of the larger sledge runs for bigger kids. Go see some live music and have a bit of an après session. Take a day or afternoon off skiing to go swimming at Aquamotion. Or treat yourself to a massage!
There are plenty of activities in Courchevel to keep everyone occupied.
3. Organise things in advance
There is something to be said for the over-organiser when it comes to family ski holidays. We’re big fans of booking as much as you can in advance so that you can start relaxing as soon as you get to resort. Things to book in advance:
- Childcare – If you have a small child who won’t be skiing, book them into the local creche or secure a nanny to come to your chalet.
- Ski Hire – Usually you can get great deals on ski hire when you book in advance, then all you have to do is pick it up once you arrive.
- Ski Passes – Again, you can often get discounts when booking through your accommodation provider, and they can have it waiting in your chalet for you upon arrival. One less thing you need to organise yourself.
- Ski School – For your children who are skiing, it’s highly recommended to book them into lessons beforehand, especially during school holidays. Groups book up early, and it’s a great chance for them to ski with other children and gives you some time on the slopes without them.
- Restaurants – If you’re going for a catered ski chalet, book your chalet hosts’ night off dinner well in advance. Restaurants fill up quickly, especially in La Tania!
4. Indulge in the local fayre
When in France, right? Because you are going to a country with some of the best food in the world, take the chance to indulge. The French Alps is well-known for gooey, cheesy deliciousness. It’s a great opportunity to share different food and culture with your children as well. Three cheese dishes we highly recommend:
- Tartiflette – A baked dish made up of potato, onion, lardon, and the star of the dishL: Reblochon cheese
- Raclette – Originally this was a way for famers to use up cheese that was starting to go hard, however now it’s a favourite in the Alps. A Huge chunk of raclette cheese is put under a heat lamp on the table & as it melts you scrape it off onto your plate of potatoes, salad & meats.
- Fondue – You likely have heard of fondue – a melted pot of cheesy goodness that you dip pieces of bread into. There are a variety of different types of fondue you can order. We’ve found some with morel mushrooms in them before. Yum!
5. Stay somewhere lovely
Choose a great accommodation so that everyone can relax – yourself included – in a lovely environment. We have three beautiful chalets in La Tania, France which are all perfect for a family ski holiday. Check out Chalet Juliette, Chalet Dahu or Jamais Bleu. All are perfect for relaxing family ski holidays in France, partially due to the hot tubs you can dip in after a day’s skiing (amongst many other amenities).