Finding the perfect ski resort can be a challenge, especially for families. Chances are that everyone wants something slightly different, and skill levels can vary massively, so you’ll need a range of slopes, too. You also need a family friendly environment which provides facilities and activities for children of all ages, so there are a plethora of things to consider before you book.
If you’re planning on taking the kids on a ski holiday, we’ve done the hard part and found some of the best ski resorts for families in France. Take a look at some of our favourites that are sure to tick all of the right boxes.
Saint Lary Soulan
Certified as ‘Family Plus’ by the French authorities, Saint Lary Soulan offers a great atmosphere for the whole family. The Pla d’Adet provides a dedicated ski area for families. Based at the bottom of the slopes you’ll find a snow garden and the Kid park – a snow sports park which is aimed at children between 6 and 12. There are also plenty of other activities that children will love such as tobogganing.
Away from the slopes, there are activities as varied as dog sledding and snow-shoeing, meaning that there’ll always be something on offer for children of all ages. For those with older or more experienced children, you can make your way further up the slopes for a more challenging experience.
The village of Saint Lary Soulan offers a picturesque backdrop and makes for a memorable ski holiday in itself. The Residence Cami Real, lets you experience the character of the village while access to the slopes can be found only a few hundred metres away.
Les Orres is made of two villages, a purpose built village and an older one which is packed with French alpine charm. The resort provides well for children, with several dedicated schools run by experienced professionals to allow the little ones to build up their confidence.
If your children are slightly older or more experienced, they can head out to some of the Green slopes like the Fountaine. These beginner runs are a great way of developing on-slope experience in a safe and fun environment.
As far as things like apres go, Les Orres is on the quieter end of the scale, which might be appreciated by families with younger children. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do, though. In the festive season, Les Orres comes alive with carols and firework shows making it a fantastic December destination for your family ski holiday.
The highest resort in the Alps is well known for offering incredible views, but Val Thorens also offers an incredible choice of resorts with plenty of features for families.
Many of the local ski schools offer classes geared towards younger skiers. Once they’ve got their snow feet they can head over to the junior zone. The fun run was specially designed for children and is a great way to work on their technique away from the real slopes.
Away from skiing, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy. Snowshoe walks offer a fantastic way to get off the beaten track and awaken your little ones’ sense of adventure.
The resort itself offers a friendly atmosphere for families, while the impressive number of restaurants and bars are perfect for a hot chocolate in the morning before hitting the slopes.