Any holiday can be stressful if you’re not prepared, so we’ve put together a French ski-holiday checklist containing things to do and things to consider before and during your ski holiday.
Kids – If you’re planning on taking children – ensure that you book a child-friendly chalet or hotel. Kids clubs and daycare are usually available in resorts, at various prices. Tourist offices offer lists of local childminders and au-pairs.
Child friendly English speaking ski schools – You may wish to send the kids out to learn from professionals. The French Ski School (ESF) has schools in each resort, otherwise there are plenty of other ski schools to choose from offering native English speaking instructors.
Menu suitable for youngsters – Once again, if you have kids, you need to feed them well. Perhaps they (or you) have special dietary considerations. Most chalets and hotels are happy to inform you of their menus in advance – or they may have this information on their websites. Do enquire before booking!
Non-Ski activities – Make sure you have a multitude of non-ski activities to keep you and your group amused in the evenings or on days where you may choose not to ski. Many resorts offer good opportunities for rock climbing, ice skating and swimming with many offering modern sports centers.
Family Lift Pass / discount – Families can save up to 20% if they buy group lift passes – adding up to great savings even over a 5 day holiday.
Travel Cots – If you have a young infant, many operators will provide Travel cots with a blanket and sheets but be warned – you may want to pack your child’s favorite blanket from home so they can feel like they are at home!
Baby Monitors – Relax and chat in the chalet knowing your loved ones are fast asleep.
Both ski and snowboarding facilities – resorts should cater for everyone in the group – snowboarding parks and runs are as essential as green runs!
What are your own tips to ensure a hassle free french skiing holiday with small kids?