Perfect family skiing in La Tania
Looking for ideas to entertain the little people during your stay? Here’s what works for ours…
La Tania’s car-free village is an ideal place to infuse a love of the cold, white stuff into your children. Try these activities during your stay:
Get hold of a bumboard (a colourful tray with a handle) and take it up to the foot of La Tania’s slopes after skiing. It’s ever popular, great fun and free! Embrace your inner child and hold an adults’ race… There’s also a new climbing frame in the same area.
2) Soft play
If your children are too little to ski all day, then there’s a free soft play centre under the Croisette building in Courchevel 1850. It gets busy on snowy days or afternoons but it’s well-maintained, friendly and has puzzles and a disco as well as the climbing equipment. Older children will find it a bit small after a while, but toddlers and pre-schoolers can easily enjoy it for 2 hours.
Whilst in 1850, don’t miss out on visiting the horses and ponies outside the Croisette at the foot of the slopes. They’re there to pull carriages if you fancy a ride! You can also try out the merry-go-round and grab some treats from the little stalls, then meet up with skiers for lunch or a drink in 1850.
4) Live music
If your children enjoy seeing live music then the Ski Lodge, Chrome Bar and Taiga generally have apres-ski bands on. They can get pretty raucous later on, but the first half of the set is a nice time for the children to enjoy a hot chocolate and songs whilst you have a vin chaud. Ask your chalet host for recommendations during the week.
During February there is an International Pyrotechnic Competition. Ask your host for information on any displays happening during your stay as they really are worth seeing. It’s usually a visit by bus but you’re generally rewarded for your effort with a free vin chaud and snacks for the children.
6) Toboggan run
Hire a toboggan from a local ski shop and try the brilliant 1.7km track between 1850-1550. With a ski pass you can take the bubble lift back up to the top as many times as you like. until 8pm (it’s floodlit). Not so great for really little children as the snow sprays up in their faces, but older kids will enjoy the speed and thrill of the race. Dress as if for skiing but with snow boots – and that includes helmets and goggles! Careful on the corners as there are steep drops if you make a wrong turn!
7) Ice-skating and bowling
In the Forum in 1850 there’s an ice rink and even complete beginners can join in with the little frames that you can borrow. The bowling alley is rather pricey but seems to have all the usual things that you’d expect from a bowling trip!
8) Up in the Bubble
Little children who aren’t yet skiing are usually delighted to go up in the bubble lift and watch the skiers below. Get off at the top for a hot chocolate in the lovely Bouc Blanc restaurant. The bubble can quite often have a soporific effect for babies who are overdue a nap!