You hear the term ‘family friendly ski resort’ used quite a lot in the ski industry but it is never really made clear what it means. Let’s take a look at some of the things Esprit Ski thinks make up a good family resort based on our 30 years of experience.
This is essential if you have children to take to ski school or you have your own lessons to get to. It’s also handy for trips back to the chalet to get forgotten things, to pop to the loo or for a little break.
Gentle slopes that are not too busy and protected from more advanced skiers.
For beginners you want slopes that are predominantly blues and greens with protected nursery slopes for the children. For the adults you want a selection of blues and reds so that they remain challenged unless they are an experienced skier where they need more blacks and marked off-piste runs. There may even be areas for children to stop and play in such as Le Grande Cry in Les Gets.
English speaking ski instructors.
This is essential for children as they need to be able to understand what they are being asked to do and that the instructor can explain in another way if needed. Esprit Ski have long standing working relationships in our resorts and will only use ski schools that suit our requirements for your children.
Safe streets to walk on
There are some truly car free resorts such as Avoriaz or partially car free resorts such as Saas Fee and Zermatt that are brilliant for walking around. Most resorts spend a lot of money clearing roads and paths for walkers but you will always need to take care. A pair of grippy soled waterproof shoes are essential to ensure safe walking.
Large or small properties full of other families.
This is a nice way for children and adults to enjoy their holiday as the children get to play with other children and the parents get to relax and watch them play. Esprit Ski offer properties from a family of 5 in Chalet Valentine, La Rosiere all the way up to 213 guests in our Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines in La Plagne.
Choice of accommodation types
The most appropriate for families is the suite style of room, 2 rooms connected with a shared lounge area and bathroom facilities so that parents have some privacy but are close to their children. Esprit Ski offer a wide range of suites and also offer individual rooms that are as close to suites as you can get.
Resorts with family friendly businesses.
Most ski resorts will have shops in them but they will not necessarily have shops that are well stocked with baby essentials in case you forget something or want to save some luggage space. Family friendly ski resorts will have shops that are well stocked up on family essentials. Every ski resort will have a collection of restaurants but these will not necessarily cater for children or families in the food they offer and the times they open. Esprit Ski works with local restaurants to ensure that families are catered for or special meals are arranged for children, such as Pizza night in La Rosiere.
We believe that the best family holiday is the one where everything is taken care of for you. It saves you the hassle of going to the local supermarkets and cooking your food after a long days skiing. Ski resorts are too expensive to eat out every night and with children you need to have them fed and ready for bed early. As part of the Esprit Ski seamless child care approach we will provide a freshly made lunch and dinner for your children without you needing to be present, more time for apres-ski then. Alongside this, Esprit Ski also offer further child care options, such as evening clubs and baby listening services, so that they can be looked after during your meal too.
All ski resorts offer a family pass and tour operators will have offers on family passes and children’s passes. Esprit Ski offer free lift passes for children under certain ages and offers on adult lift passes such as buy one get one free.