- Snow: Where to ski/snowboard with young kids this year? Any good chalets?
After a bit of humming and hawing we’ve decided that we should try and go on a ski/snowboard holiday this year with a few mates and our two kids (who will be 3y10m and 8 months old).
The eldest went with us to the Dolomites last year and did private skiing lessons which she loved. She is very keen to go again.
We’ll take alternate days on the hill or looking after the baby – so we’ll need a nice kid-friendly chalet, ideally a short walk to town and the main resort.
Any recommendations for private chalets that might fit the bill before I default to Crystal/Inghams etc? (we’re late booking I know!)
Europe. Somewhere with an English speaking ski-school and those fun kiddy areas with moving carpets, inflatables, ski roundabouts etc. And hopefully some decent skiing/boarding for the grownups.Posted 4 years ago
We went to Val D’Isere with 2 3.5 years olds early this year, and loved it. They were in lessons every morning and had a great time.
We were in a YSE chalet called Gnellets – going for a different one next year as head height was limited on the top floor!Posted 4 years ago
As above, quick transfers are pretty much a must have with children!
Bubble/cable transfer up to mid stations with magic carpets and great places for lunch (Such as Aravet and Serre Ratier). Short transfer from Turin, and some excellent food. Not a mad party town, but very small friendly village feel for everyone. Great playtime areas, with terrain parks, feature parks loads of great kiddy/beginner friendly cruisy groomers and some sublime treeline skiing as well. Or larking about on your poncy tea tray if you must! 😉
Ski school – http://ski-school-connections.co.uk/ I cannot recommend this lot highly enough. Davina and her little helpers are truly excellent.Posted 4 years ago
Hi Graham – we may be able to do something for you in one of our Sainte Foy chalets. Magic carpets, kids’ club, etc. English speaking instructors and we have chalets right on the edge of the piste. Slopes are quiet, whih is great for kids. And the riding is awesome.Posted 4 years ago
Oh, another great thing about Val D’Isere when you’re there with he little ones – the Centre Aquasportif!
I think it was free once per day with your lift pass, and the kids loved it – we went there pretty much every afternoon!
There’s a ferocious current that sweeps round the figure 8 island on the right, and all sorts of bubbles and jets of water. Ace. There’s also little grotto with a slide where one can pretend to be a mermaid.
There’s a climbing wall in the same building, if there are any older kids with you – the 5 and 6 year old with us just loved the pool…
Posted 4 years ago
stevomcd: hmmm.. kid’s club and potentially some backcountry… you’ve piqued my interest! Will check it out.
Markie: yeah that looks good.
I kinda wish I could take them out to Slovakia, but multiple flights and 3+ hour transfer would be a nightmare.
Shame, because the Tatralandia water park there is proper awesome!
Huge with 9 pools (indoor and out) and 5 water slides in winter.Posted 4 years ago
Fully open in summer it has 14 pools and 21 water slides! 😯nickjbSubscriber
A guy I worked with always went to Avoriaz with his kid. It’s still in the huge PdS ski area but you can ski right through the car free town so its easy to meet up. The pool there is ace, too. I prefer Morzine for a bit extra going on but you end up walking a lot and most places aren’t ski in/out. Short transfer, tooPosted 4 years agocr500domSubscriber
stevomcd – Member
Hi Graham – we may be able to do something for you in one of our Sainte Foy chalets. Magic carpets, kids’ club, etc. English speaking instructors and we have chalets right on the edge of the piste. Slopes are quiet, which is great for kids. And the riding is awesome.
I`ve always wanted to ride the legendary backcountry at Ste Foy, and trying to convince the Mrs that 20months and 3yrs 7 months is old enough for a first ski holiday….Posted 4 years ago
3 years 7 months is old enough for ski-school!
LOL I know, but the Mrs is still not convinced [/quote]
3 years and 7 months (or maybe 8 months, in fairness, but if so then our friends’ daughter was 3 years and 4 months)…
As above, ski-school for them in the morning, then lunch, then an afternoon in the pool, great days.
Posted 4 years agovintagewinoMember
I can vouch for Ski Famille, we went to Les Gets last 2 winters. The nannies are there 8.30 throuugh 4.30 and will take the kids off to ski school and pick them up again, give them lunch etc. then do activities in the afternoon if they want, or you can meet up with the kids and go skiing with them. Last winter just gone I credit them with me and the mrs getting 4 EPIC powder days in the PdS while they looked after our kids. Ready to get out riding at 9am with the kids already fed and off your hands? I wasn’t expecting that. Way more riding than I thought I’d get on a 1st and 2nd family snow holiday. They are better suited for younger families though so this year we’re going self catered.
English ski school a must too – 360 was good but value for money seemed a bit lacking in the early days – didn’t seem to be a lot of actual skiing going on – but they can both ski now so I guess their methods are valid.Posted 4 years agoeskayMember
Really nice here. They have ‘kid’s land’ area for the nippers to learn to ski. Laid back and friendly resort (no massive pistes though, all fairly low key).
We have stayed in the accommodation above a few times and they are well kitted out and pretty close to the main slopes.Posted 4 years agohungry monkeyMember
given that there’s the odd plug going around, thought it worth mentioning a company i used to work for.
It’s basically a ski holiday search engine – plug in some details such as budget, number of people, location, what facilities you want etc into their form (just took me 2 mins to complete one to see how it’s all working at the mo), and chalets make you offers based upon that – saves searching through loads of sites, looking at chalets which don’t actually offer what you want. doesn’t give you all the big operators, but instead the local, smaller more personal ones.
as said, i did used to work for MBA but don’t any more. they’re a top bunch, and (while I’m meant to say it) the site works bloody brilliantly, IMO.Posted 4 years agomeesterbondMember
igm – Member
Ski Famille we’re using them for the fifth time this year. Excellent childcare, and good local slopes for your elder child. 360 ski school have been good for our eldest for the last two years.
Either Ski Famille or VIP Ski are both excellent. VIP is a bit pricier from memory but the quality of the chalet’s, the childcare etc make it a very easy holiday.
Les Gets is pretty good for families although a bit of a trek into town from a couple of Ski Famille’s chalets. Val d’Isere is another good option, but the transfer is long.Posted 4 years agosambutlerMember
I took my family kids 5 and 8 to avoriaz over easter , great ski area , esf were great and the pool was ace.Posted 4 years ago
You too man! I am well and truly living the dream these days, or at least living the reality of the dream!
All the old Burton (drjcv, Dave99, suchick…) dudes are still around on some splinter forum they created after the old one got over-run by kiddies. I swing by about once a year to say hello.Posted 4 years agoengineeringcowboyMember
I can recommend Pension Enzian in Saalbach. Very friendly privately owned chalet.
There are always a couple of families there and now Kevin and Sarah have their own kid too.
nice resort too.
Fully booked for next season though so might have to sort it out for the year afterPosted 4 years ago
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