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.
This fantastic top of the range Chalet hotel is in a perfect location and in this is pretty snow sure resort, the centre is only 300m away. With dedicated childcare, chalet catering and a host of facilities in the Chalet hotel itself you won’t need to go anywhere after a day on the slopes, which are practically on the doorstep. The Belle Plagne rooms sleep 2-3 and the Paradiski Suites cater up to 5 with two separate sleeping areas, all built to meet a family’s needs. All rooms and suites have en suites, satellite TV and a DVD player, and most have a balcony. There is a free child patrol and baby listening service between 7:30 and 11pm. Facilities include indoor swimming pool, indoor spa bath, a sauna and steam room, lounge and bar, free Wi-Fi and outdoor hot tubs.
This welcoming chalet has a newly refurbished lounge and dining room and two separate sleeping areas, each with a double and twin room and separate stairway. The Children’s ski area, Les Marmottons, is only 500m away and the Chardonnet ski-lift only a 200m walk. Other features include: free Wi-Fi and two log fires.
Superbly located only meters away from the main piste and opposite the Marmottons children ski area, as well as mere minutes away from Rosset chairlift and main Gondola. There are stylish communal areas with a large log fire in the centre and a wellness area including, sauna, steam room and hot-tub. There is a Children’s snug and free baby-listening and child-patrol service between 7:30 a 10:30 pm so you can enjoy your evening stress-free. Additional features include: a lift and free Wi-Fi in the living area.
This family favourite is in a prime location, with the nearest lifts on 25m away and the possibility to ski back to the chalet. Offering 6 fantastic family suites with two sleeping areas, some with a lounge area, and a number of rooms, this chalet can accommodated all group dynamics. This chalet offers a baby listening and Child patrol service between 7:30 and 10:30 pm which is free as well as free Wi-Fi.
Warm, inviting and conveniently located chalet hotel in the old village area of the resort is an excellent choice for families. There is great access to the lifts and slopes and you can easily ski back to the accommodation in normal snow conditions. There are a variety of rooms and suites, to suit all size of family, and child care on the premises. Other facilities include free ski bus stop almost right outside, large south facing terrace, a comfortable lounge and bar area, Wi-Fi, a lift to the higher floors and the free evening child patrol and baby listening service until 11pm.
Directly across from the nursery slopes and Savoy lift, the Sapiniere claims to be the chalet hotel with the best location in Chamonix and we agree. With a games room, sun terrace with views of Mont Blanc and a lounge bar with open fire and wifi, this is the perfect location for a family ski holiday in Chamonix. Dedicated in-house nursery and kids club plus views across the children's nursery slopes make this family chalet a winner.
Chalet Dahlia (sleeps 12), Chalet Arnica (sleeps 14), Chalet Begonia (sleeps 14), Chalet Camelia (sleeps 14) Ferme d’Elisa has four chalet apartments catering for families. Each chalet apartment is run separately but they share a central staircase, sauna and ski and boot storage, with heated racks. There are childcare rooms in the building and other nearby Chalets at most 150m away. The closest lift is also only 150m away and it is possible to ski back to the chalet. Other features include fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, a shared children’s snug with TV/DVD, family suites/rooms and UK TV channels.
Chalet Justine (sleeps 8), Chalet Martine (sleeps 9-10), Chalet Aventine (sleeps 11), Chalet Karine (sleeps 12-13) La Chaumiere is a complex of four chalet apartments catering for families, there are sauna, hot tub and ski storage facilities shared by the building. You can only book these chalets if there is a child in your group. There are childcare rooms in the building and a large outdoor area for fun and games. In a quiet location and only 5 min from the centre it is conveniently situated. Other features include log burning stoves, free Wi-fi and family rooms.
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 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.
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