We’ve combed the mountains for lodges which put little ones on a pedestal. In these most child-friendly of chalets, fellow guests are parents too, so you can all relax with hosts dedicated to creating a family ski holiday to remember.
While some catered chalets are off-limits for children throughout the winter, and many are for any dates outside of school holidays, the ones on this page are dedicated family fun zones. Call us to talk about your dream family ski trip.
Besides the fact that a chalet holiday's a rite of passage for any young slope goer, hosts, hearty meals and homely living rooms instantly put all at ease, so everyone can get on with the top priority – having a good time...
If a chalet isn’t a specified “family-only” or “child-friendly” property, booking for “sole occupancy” is another way round a standard no-child policy and makes you master of meal times, sleeping arrangements and the hour it’s off to bed. Narrowing your search to smaller properties sleeping 6, 8 or 10 means this doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom.
Our favourite option, though, is joining forces with friends who have their own children to book a whopper for sole occupancy. Kiddos can roam to their heart’s content, costs of childcare and private lessons can be divided and conquered and when the tykes are tucked up in bed, you’ll have more boozy fireside evenings than in the average year at home.
Catering in a chalet of any description usually includes buffet breakfasts, afternoon cake and optional suppers for young children an hour or so before a meal for grownups, a formula which has kept skiers happy for decades.
As you’re all under the same roof, you can put tired tykes to bed and head down for dinner knowing they’re only meters away. In bigger chalets and chalets hotels you may even find free baby listening and patrol services, or kids’ film evenings, allowing you to enjoy complete peace of mind with the local vintage.
Most chalets give hosts an evening off each week, so you’ll need to arrange one of your dinners – but your host should be able to set you on the trail of the best pizza or family fondue in town and book a table for you if you give them enough notice. When you want to get out and about, grown-ups only, there are many family chalets and chalet hotels with childcare on site or nearby, and several resorts have nannies who can come to you.
For the rest of the week, essentials like cots, changing mats, high chairs, games and DVD players are usually available, sometimes for a small extra fee, plus, you’re often free to use all the facilities in a chalet kitchen. Many even have childcare stations with facilities to aid parents, including microwaves, sterilizers, kettles and fridges.
Give us a call (or send an online enquiry) if you spot a chalet package that suits you and your brood, or we’re happy to help with your search if you want some pointers. To secure a booking, we’ll need a few details like contact details, names and a deposit/full balance payment.
Right here! Use the SNO search filters to show chalet holidays best suited to your brood and sort by low-high or biggest discount. Ask us about free group places and offers on rental, lessons and more.
Sorting your holiday search results by ‘price from low to high’ will show you the cheapest packages first. If your school holidays cover a week before Christmas week or after Easter week, these can be some of the cheapest times to ski.
Yes! Usually your best bet is an ‘early booking discount’, which’ll let you snag brilliant chalets in brilliant resorts, well ahead of time. If this is more of a last-minute plan, no problem: Search using specific dates to see your options – there should still be chalets up for grabs if you’re not too picky about a particular resort.
Chalets are an especially popular choice during school holiday weeks but if you can be flexible about which resort you head to, there should still be a good range of options. Enter your dates in our search bar to see what’s still available, or give us a call and we’ll talk you through your options.
Absolutely. These give you total flexibility over mealtimes and menus. Filter for self-catering packages on the SNO search bar at the top of this page, take a look at our dedicated self-catered ski chalets page or give us a call and we’ll do the legwork.
If it’s needed, chalets may serve an earlier children’s tea. Once a week chalet hosts have their day off, so breakfast will be self-serve and instead of having your dinner in the chalet, you can take the clan for a meal out.
Typically breakfast would be served somewhere between 7am and 9am so that you can eat before the ski lifts open. Afternoon tea tends to be set out at around 3pm, and dinner at 6 or 7pm. If you have sole occupancy, you can usually choose whether the kids eat supper early at around 5pm, or if everyone eats together.
Yes - usually family friendly chalets can sort separate children’s food options. Many chalets throw a children’s tea earlier than the adults’ dinner time too. It’s important that food dislikes and allergies are mentioned before your holiday to make sure they can be catered for.
Recognising that you can’t fit it all in your suitcase, many chalets will provide:
It’s best to check with us when booking your holiday to make sure you have everything you need.
The best family chalets run full childcare programmes for a variety of ages. Sometimes they’re run jointly with nearby chalets. Other chalets will offer bookable nannies or babysitters if your child prefers 1:1 care. Most of the time you’ll pay extra for childcare with chalet packages.
‘Family only’ chalets, which give you and your offspring time and space to socialise with other families. Staff can usually lend a hand with things like supervising mealtimes and getting the little ones out of the boot room with all their gear in the mornings. Filter your search on this page to ‘family only’ chalets.
Chalets in a central location in resorts where English is widely spoken are great for letting teenagers roam free, and facilities like pools, cinema rooms and games consoles will provide good evening entertainment. Check out these teen-friendly chalets for starters:
Under 3’s should be more than comfortable in any of our family chalets but they might be especially suited to properties with a playroom. Most resorts also have nanny agencies or run crèches for sprogs as young as 3 months if childcare isn’t offered in your chalet.
Yes – pups are permitted in a number of our ski chalets. Select the ‘Allows Dog/Pet’ option in our search and visit our ski chalets which allow dogs page to see all chalets where canines are welcome. Tell us about your plans to bring your pooch when booking, and there may be an additional fee charged by the property.
In medical emergencies, the number to call is 112 in Europe, 911 in North America and 119 in Japan.
|Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines||La Plagne||France||185-212||Families-only chalet, Swimming pool, Great family suites|
|Chalet Iceberg||Tignes||France||8||Scenic spot near slopes, Childcare, Families-only chalet|
|Chalet Corniche||Tignes||France||24||Opposite kids ski slope, Childcare, Families-only chalet|
|Chalet Schatzi||La Rosiere||France||30-31||Foot of slopes, Childcare, Families-only chalet|
|Chalet Hotel Mariandre||Alpe d’Huez||France||61-69||50m from nearest piste, Families-only chalet, childcare|
|Chalet Katie 1 Reberty 2000||Les Menuires||France||10-11||Ski in/out, Shared spa room, Childcare|
|Chalet Hotel Christina||La Plagne||France||90-110||Near lifts & pistes, Childcare, Interconnecting rooms|
|Chalet Dahlia||La Rosiere||France||12||Families-only chalet apartment, Childcare, Shared sauna|
|Chalet Petit Mouflon||Les Gets||France||9||Families-only chalet, Ski in/out, Childcare|
|Chalet Le Marjorie||Les Gets||France||20-22||Village centre, Childcare, Family suites|
|Chalet Mont Blanc||La Plagne||France||11||Ski access, Sauna, Eco chalet|
|Chalet Aiglon||Tignes||France||8||Family chalet, Snow club in same building|
|Chalet Monet||Les Gets||France||22||Childcare, Family suites, Outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee||Tignes||France||92-101||Childcare, Indoor pool, Spa facilities|
|Chalet Pepi Gabl||St Anton||Austria||77-90||Families-only chalet hotel, Childcare, Near gondola & piste|
|Chalet Philippe||Alpe d’Huez||France||14-20||Families-only chalet, Childcare, Sauna & hot tub|
|Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere||Val d’Isere||France||121||Central position, Outdoor pool, Childcare|
|Chalet Les Chats Bleus||Les Gets||France||10-13||High end family chalet, Childcare, Outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Hotel Valverde||Gressoney||Italy||71-78||Families-only chalet hotel, Childcare, Quiet location|
|Chalet Grand Corniche||Les Gets||France||8-13||Ultimate luxury family ski chalet, Pool & spa, Cinema|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.