If you usually opt for beach holidays but fancy a skiing trip for your next family holiday, the logistics of organising a snow-kissed winter sports vacation can feel a little intimidating.
And it’s true that in some ways there’s a little more coordination required with the latter option than the former. For instance, a group of raw novices has different abilities to a mixed ability party, if you’re travelling with kids in tow then off-slope entertainment activities are important, and adults also have to have their own playtime sampling the apres-ski culture on offer. Furthermore, after satisfying all the aforementioned criteria you’ve also got to think about ski passes and equipment.
It doesn’t have to be a headache however ̶ follow these five tips for planning the perfect French Alps ski holiday and everything will run like clockwork!
1 Right resort
When you want a well-rounded ski resort that caters for kids, look out for the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ accreditation. Family-friendly resort Les Menuires in The Three Valleys has this seal of approval and with day care available for children aged three months and over, ski lessons for older kids and the innovative Club Piou Piou which introduces younger kids to the slopes, you can see why.
2 Off-slope activities
You’ll also want to ensure that there are ample off-slope activities that your family can enjoy together. For instance, at Les Arcs in the Paradiski area, there’s a rodeo toboggan course and ice grotto at Arc 2000 and laser quest and 10-pin bowling at Arc 1800.
It’s worth having a think about the type of accommodation you’d like to stay in because you’ll find ski chalets, apartments and hotels in the French Alps, in traditional and contemporary styles. For instance, the modernist apartments of Flaine are comfy and practical but their style doesn’t suit all tastes, while luxury ski chalet designs in the authentic Savoyard style ooze chic cosiness.
If lively nightlife is a priority, Val d’Isere is a good pick with the cabaret style Folie Douce bar and dynamic Doudoune nightclub, the Rond Point (AKA ‘the Ronnie’) at Meribel has toffee vodka and tabletop dancing and Le Malaysia at high-altitude resort Val Thorens is the largest nightclub in the Alps.
5 Ski holiday packages
Still can’t make your mind up? If you want your accommodation, ski hire, ski passes and every other component customised to meet your needs perfectly, a ski holiday package firm like Erna Low can take the weight from your shoulders. With everything pre-arranged, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourself to the maximum.
Follow these five tips and you’ll have the time of your life at your next French Alps ski holiday ̶ your only problem might be that no one will want to go home!
So ends our list ̶ please share your own French Alps ski holiday tips in the comments section.