We have friends with young children who are keen skiers and want to go on a family ski holiday and yet don’t because they can’t see a way of doing it without a huge effort and cost.
They love the idea of their young children learning to ski when they are young and of being together as a family on the slopes as well as getting a little time for themselves amongst some fresh powder. For most it seems that it’s a long break from skiing until the kids get ‘old enough’.
Well, if you have a young family and still want to have a winter holiday then we have some tips to help you enjoy your ski holiday that has worked for us and for many of our friends.
Choose a family friendly resort, such as Drouzin Le Mont where your accommodation is very close to the nursery area, ski school and the ski lifts. Once young children have had enough, it is best to get back quickly to some where which is warm and comfortable (a hot chocolate in the local restaurant does wonders)
Young children benefit from being familiar with an area and skiing the same runs repeatedly, so a large resort with loads of red and black runs are best kept for those days off. Choose a compact resort with a variety of runs that will aid progression. We recommend Drouzin Le Mont and other family friendly resorts close by such as Abondance for beginners and intermediates.
Book accommodation that is large enough to fit everyone comfortably or smaller accommodation for each group which is close by (preferably in the same block). So, when you want or need a day’s rest, you stay relaxed and continue to have a wonderful time.
We have had two wonderful Christmas’ holidays at Penthouse Les Iris in Drouzin Le Mont with our sister(-in-law), her husband and their three lovely, very energetic and demanding children: two boys now aged 5 and 3 and their younger 1 year old sister and some friends. We split the morning and afternoons, shared the childcare, chores and skiing.
This year, the 5-year-old got to go on the ‘big lift’ with daddy and to ski his first green run. Awesome!