Happy French ski holidays with the under 5s

Thursday 21 February, 2019

You love to ski but you’re not sure how your toddlers will take to the snow and winter in the mountains…

Fret not, we’ve helped lots of guests create the perfect introduction for their young family to the joy of a skiing holiday. It can feel daunting, but there are lots of ways to keep little people entertained whilst you enjoy time exploring all the ski areas of the Chamonix valley.

If you are joining us for an exclusive catered week then, as part of our concierge service we can also create an itinerary just for the toddlers. Or if you are joining us for a self-catered stay, then we are always happy to create a package of child support which you can add on to your Self Catered Plus booking with us.

Here are just some of the ways to keep the children happy…

One major advantage of choosing to stay in the village of Les Houches at the bottom of the Chamonix Valley is its Famille Plus status. A national tourism initiative, it recognises the great approach the village takes to entertaining children and families during their holiday.

For the under threes, we can recommend the services of babysitters and nannies from respected services based in the valley. Baby Cham is just one and they also offer a great rental service too. So, if you need snow-friendly buggies or child carries they can supply these too and you can save on your luggage allowance.

That way you can leave younger children at the Lodge to be entertained and cared for whilst you ski. There are lots of play options at the Lodge including sledges for the garden, great places to build snowmen outdoors and lots of games and books indoors.

We believe there’s no better way to introduce children to snow sports than by making it fun! The team at ESF Les Houches are experts at doing just that. For children over three, the Piou Piuo club is the perfect option. The snow garden, inflatables, models and statues not to mention a giant caterpillar are nestled close to its nursery lifts. Hosted by a ski instructor, children learn as they play. 

Chavants Children’s Club is another great option. In the winter it caters for children from 18 months to 11 years. It has the advantage of offering a great mix of packages which include skiing, a lunchtime meal and/or daycare too.

The advantage of both of these is that they are a short drive from the lodge and only 200m from the main Prarion Lift.

There’s also a huge range of family-focused events in and around Les Houches throughout the winter ski season:  Welcome drinks at the Office du Tourism, free children’s entertainment on ski slopes in the afternoons, ice skating at the Patinoire in the village, animations on the ski area during the afternoon, torchlit descents by the ESF at the beginners area le Tourchet, treasure hunts, downhill fun on ancient “paret” sledges and much more. 

There are also great places up and down the valley to enjoy some sunny sledging – which is great fun no matter how old you are! Not to mention the sports complex in the centre of Chamonix which has a swimming pool to suit everyone. Or, if you want to head high into the mountains then a trip on the Montenvers Train to the Mer de Glace and its ice caves is a must!

Why not bring your family to a French ski destination designed to make magical memories for everyone?

Get in touch and we’ll help you create the perfect French ski holiday based in our luxury chalet in Les Houches.

Thursday 21 February, 2019