Family skiing in Flaine (Mathis Decroux)
Wondering where to take the kids skiing this winter? We've compiled a short guide to the very best ski resorts for family skiing - all ideal for their ease of access, great family-friendly accommodation options and, perhaps most important of all, a range of excellent ski schools.
1. Les Gets
Exceptionally family-friendly, oozing traditional charm, easy to reach, fun zones on the mountain, loads of non-ski activities to keep everyone happy, and conveniently located accommodation... We love Les Gets!
Kids fun zone with tipis in Les Gets (image: Valentin Ducrettet)
Our top recommended ski school in Les Gets, Supreme Ski School offer private lessons with a very high teaching standard, as well as group lessons during peak season + small group sizes. Alternatively, 360 is a great ski school for group ski lessons in Les Gets.
2. La Plagne
Without doubt one of the best resorts for families in the Alps, La Plagne is mostly car-free and offers super easy access to the lifts. A true intermediate's paradise, it also brilliantly serves first-timers with dedicated beginner's 'CoolSki' lift passes and protected beginner zones.
Family-friendly slopes in La Plagne (image: Elina Sirapanta)
So much of the accommodation in La Plagne is family-friendly apartments, meaning you'll have facilities to make your own food when it suits you, you can choose to go out for the evening or relax in the surrounds of your apartment. Off the slopes there's masses to keep you entertained - from sledging and ice skating to zip wires and the famous Olympic bobsleigh track.
When it comes to ski schools, there's an excellent choice, including New Generation in Plagne 1800, Oxygène in Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre, and ESF located all over the resort.
Largely pedestrianised with tonnes of ski-in/ski-out, family-friendly accommodation, and close proximity to Geneva, Flaine is perfect for a family ski holiday. It's super easy to access, with a good choice of ski schools and childcare, plenty of gentle slopes (plus 4 free beginners' lifts), family-oriented restaurants and a wealth of activities for kids.
Balcony views from Residence Le Centaure, Flaine
Residences like 4-star Le Centaure offer ultra-convenient access to the slopes and great facilities such as the indoor pool, hot tub & sauna, ideal once everyone's had enough of skiing for the day!
The ESF has two kids’ ski schools: Le Club Piou Piou, based in Flaine Forêt, and Le Rabbit Club at Flaine Front de Neige, for ages 3 to 11. You can book half or full day lessons, with or without lunch. Another option is ESI which runs La Souris Verte kids club for children aged from 3 to 5 years. It has its own snow garden and is based at Flaine Forum.
Horse and sleigh in car-free Avoriaz
Only an hour and a half from Geneva, Avoriaz is the only truly car-free resort in the French Alps making it a safe and fun environment for family ski holidays.
Getting to and from the slopes couldn't be easier and the resort centre is easily accessible on foot from all of the accommodation we offer. Children's ski school 'Village des Enfants' is right in the centre too.
If you fancy an afternoon off skiing, the fantastic Aquariaz water park is the perfect place for kids (big & small!). There's also an ice rink and kids will love travelling around by sledge or even horse-drawn carriage!
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Posted on Monday 30 Oct 2023