Thinking of a family ski holiday?
Children often start skiing quite early in France, as early as 3-4 years old, they can start skiing in small groups or in private lessons.
But planning a ski holiday with a family with young children can be very challenging especially if you plan to have any kind of holiday for yourself in the process!
Hotels can be a really comfortable and practical option for families, especially as other après-ski options such as indoor pools and games areas are readily available – not to mention babysitting! However, the costs of a hotel can be prohibitively expensive which is why chalet holidays are a great option.
Why a chalet holiday?
Chalet holidays are often a more authentic way to enjoy alpine life. They often have more space for the family to enjoy when they are not on the slopes. In addition they often help you save a lot of money as you will able to prepare meals vs. eating in a restaurant (which are usually super expensive) every meal. Not to mention the flexibility for meal times for families with younger children who don’t want to wait for the restaurants to open or for children who still need their afternoon naps.
Chalet holidays are also a lot of fun (if you have the right friends) to share on a ski holiday with families – kinder on the budget, you can share the baby-sitting and the children can often entertain themselves.
Many resorts offer chalets with saunas, indoor pools and hot tubs, some even offer in room DVD players and MP3 players. Naturally the more frills the bigger the expense but chalets are often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
High season for ski holidays is usually very expensive and availability is limited as most places are booked well in advance.
Have you been on a ski holiday with little children? What was your experience?
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