Val d'Isere for Families
We rate Val d’Isere hightly as a place to come with your family, so much so that we scored it top 3 in our Best French resorts for families guide.
You will certainly be taken care of in Val d’Isere with lots to do and a good choice of places to eat. Improvements to the base of the slopes in recent years has further enhanced the environment for families with most facilities close together and the village centre pedestrianised.
There are also plenty of ‘off’ snow activities for anybody too small for skis, or for little legs tired out by big days on the piste. There is a great sports centre with a swimming pool and other activities are available like sledging – check out our off the slopes guide for more info!
Children aged from 18 months to 13 years old can sign up at the Holiday Village (Rond point des pistes; +33 (0)4 79 40 09 81) which is open daily except Saturday and can be booked by the half day, or up to a full week with or without lunch.
There’s also an additional children’s nursery, Le Petit Poucet (+33 (0)4 79 06 13 97) which accepts children from 3 years old. Children can be collected from accommodation and ski school and dropped off afterwards and bookings are fully flexible from a few hours to a full day.
Brit, Tina Eliades runs a nannying service operating in Val D'Isere called Jelly and Ice Cream (+34 690 255 425). They specialise in private nannies and babysitting. In addition a list of registered babysitters is available from the Tourist Office (+33 (0)4 79 06 06 60) and there are about half a dozen registered child minders working in the village.
For kids ski school we recommend Progression Ski, run by a friendly Scot, Ken Smith who's lived and worked in Val D'Isere for 15 years, and counting (0208 123 3001).
The Ecole du ski Francais (ESF) accepts children from 4 to 12 years old and operates two fun snow gardens located in the village (+33 (0)4 79 06 02 34) and at satellite centre la Daille (+33 (0)4 79 06 09 99). The French national ski programme is used so levels and progression will be consistent if your kids have already started to ski with ESF in another resort – great for kids working to collect all their badges! From 13 years old the kids can join adult groups. Most of the village’s other ski schools offer classes for kids too.