A lot of our best family ski hotels have kids clubs, which are so much fun you'll have to prise the little monkeys out of when you return guilt-free from the slopes (or massage table...).
Some incorporate ski lessons too - and with pyjama clubs, movie nights, babysitting services and even things for teens, our best hotels with childcare have fun family skiing down to a tee.
Hotels big and small are surprisingly similar in their childcare, usually based around a playgroup to provide supervision after lessons or if they're too young to ski. Why do we like them?
They're flexible: With half and full day slots to suit your schedule.
They're full of new friends: Hanging out with new friends is half the fun of holidaying when you're young.
They're on hand: You don't have to make a detour to a resort crèche each morning.
They're simple: Hotels already have your details, so often there's no extra passport or medical checks.
Then there's the fact that these all-singing, all-dancing kids clubs some of the most exciting activities in the mountains…
If your child's old enough for ski school, lots of properties ensure they get there, and back again, without you having to put in an appearance. Book with Club Med and properties have their very own ski instructors, often included in the price. Others often work in tandem with local schools for a seamless transition from club to lessons.
These couldn't be better for skiing families: They'll put on kids' boots, sort them into groups, take them off to lessons (no having to carry skis), feed them on the mountain and then bring them back at the end of the day (often with hot chocolate ready and waiting).
Hotel childcare is thrilling but comforting, just what a child away from home needs.
On times we've booked, no two days have been the same and no youngster in ski hotel childcare goes to bed with energy to spare.
Ask our specialists for each hotel's specifics, but a typical day might look something like:
(Babycare, 3 to 6 years)
10:00 AM: A walk through the snow to start the day
11:30 AM: Getting messy with finger paints
12:30 PM: Lunch (2 courses, one hot)
02:00 PM Toys and games
03:30 PM Snacks and drinks
04:00 PM Story time –winding down before dinner
(Tots to pre-teen 7 to 12 years)
10:00 AM Bumboarding in the snow
11:30 AM Snowmen making
12:30 PM Lunchtime (2 courses, one hot)
02:00 PM Bring out their inner Picassos with arts and crafts
03:30 PM Snacks and drinks
04:30 PM Reading corner
Mixing activities they could only do in the Alps (snowman competitions, resort mascot visits and gondola rides) with familiar fun (reading, craft-making)
Sorting meals, childcare and ski school for you and yours can be an almighty headache… Which school's best for kids? Which instructors speak good English?
Besides the good sense of having all your meals under one roof, many packages include childcare and kids clubs. Childcare programmes often go on after supper, with story time and movie nights to keep them busy before bedtime. All ages can carry on having the time of their lives, while Mum and Dad make the most open bars and free snacks.
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