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.
In La Plagne, sleeps 185-212. This fantastic, top-of-the-range Chalet Hotel is in a perfect location – the centre of this snow sure resort is only 300m away and the slopes are practically on your doorstep. With dedicated childcare, chalet catering and a host of facilities in the property itself, you won’t need to go anywhere after a day on the snow. 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’s a child patrol and baby listening service in the evenings. Facilities include indoor swimming pool, indoor spa bath, a sauna and steam room, lounge and bar, free Wi-Fi and outdoor hot tubs.
In Tignes, sleeps 8. 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.
In Tignes, sleeps 24. Chalet Corniche is superbly located only meters from the main piste and opposite the Marmottons children ski area, as well as mere minutes from Rosset chairlift and main gondola. There are stylish communal areas around a large log fire and the wellness area includes a sauna, steam room and hot-tub. Little ones love the children’s snug, while grown-ups love the baby-listening and child-patrol service which allows for stress-free evenings. Guests also have a lift and free Wi-Fi in the living area.
In La Rosiere, Sleeps 30-31. This family favourite is in a prime location, with the nearest lifts 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 accommodate all group dynamics. The Schatzi offers a baby listening and child patrol service in the evenings as well as free Wi-Fi.
In Alpe d’Huez, Sleeps 61-69. The warm, inviting and conveniently located Mariandre is in the old village and an excellent choice for families. There’s great access to the lifts and slopes and you can easily ski back here in normal snow conditions. You’ll find a variety of rooms and suites suiting all family sizes, as well as a free ski bus stop almost right outside, a large south facing terrace, a comfy lounge and bar area and a lift serving the higher floors. Childcare is provided on site as well as an evening child patrol and baby listening service.
Chalet Katie 1 Reberty 2000 is in Les Menuires, sleeps 10-11. Connected to Chalet Katie 2, this is a ski in/out property in the all-round amazing 3 Valleys ski area. The ski school is only a minute away on foot. Both chalets share a spa room (with a hot tub and sauna) and playroom (where you can a la carte childcare can be arranged), keeping grown-ups and youngsters happy throughout the week.
In La Rosiere, multiple chalets sleeping 12-14. Chalet Dahlia (sleeps 12), Chalet Arnica (sleeps 14), Chalet Begonia (sleeps 14), Chalet Camelia (sleeps 14). Ferme d’Elisa is made up of four chalet apartments, fully focussed on families. Each chalet apartment is run separately but they share a central staircase, sauna and ski and boot storage, with – the best bit - 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.
In Les Gets, Sleeps 9. Quite possibly the perfect size for two families or an extended family ski trip, Petit Mouflon sits at the foot of a tree-lined piste, a minute from the nearest drag lift. Shuttle buses take care of the ski school run, and childcare can be provided a-la-carte in the charming playroom. The chalet can be linked with its neighbour to accommodate up to 22 guests if there’s a bigger bunch of you. Did we mention the rooftop hot tub? Nothing beats a panoramic soak between skiing, supping and sleeping.
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.
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