Skiing with Children – useful hints and tips

Skiing with Kids

Most children love the snow and everything that goes with it – sledging, hot chocolate trips, igloo or snowman building, snowball fights and of course the skiing itself. Despite this, many parents still find the prospect of organising a ski holiday with the children incredibly stressful. Even the keenest skiers often accept defeat when it comes to finding reliable, fun, safe and stimulating childcare in the French Alps – but contrary to popular belief skiing with the children is not only possible but can even be great fun provided that you consider a few simple things before you book.

What age to start

Children can begin skiing at 3 or 4 years old (but 2 is not unheard of!) At this age, children will only manage an hour or two each day though and it is more a question of taking them out for a slide around on the snow to give them a taste. Don’t try to ski too much with very little kids. Make sure you keep things fun, and make time for other activites (snowman building, sledging and drinking hot-chocolate) and lots of rest and relaxation too.

When to travel

Consider weeks other than New Year and February Half Term if possible. These weeks are the most popular with families but they are the most expensive and the busiest. There are at least three more weeks in the season that fall in school holidays (Christmas and Easter), which offer better prices and less crowded slopes.

Christmas in particular is a magical time to take children skiing. Morzine puts on all sorts of special events over the festive period, making for a wonderful atmosphere, and there are lots of extra surprises waiting for you at our chalets too.

If possible, make the most of your children’s flexibility before they get old enough to be constrained by term dates or by important exams – go skiing in the cheaper off peak weeks while they are young.

Another thing to note is that March and April are likely to be much warmer, this is important for younger children who won’t enjoy skiing if they are cold.

Why come to Morzine

Morzine and Avoriaz have both won awards for being family-friendly ski resorts. They offer easily-accessible nursery slopes, and numerous green and blue pistes for children to tackle as their skiing progresses. The villages both offer a multitude of activities to keep children busy and there are regular children’s events taking place throughout the season. Morzine is also very easily accessible from Geneva airport, with transfer times of just over an hour, so there is no need to worry about occupying the kids during a long and stressful journey.

Childcare

If you are looking for childcare, we can organise qualified British nannies to look after the little ones either in-house, or at the excellent local creche. This will make your holiday! Help with getting children ready, taking them to ski school and even bed and bath time can give you time to relax and enjoy a proper holiday (being parents of young kids we know how much you need one!). There is also a great kids’ clubs in Morzine – giving children the opportunity to meet and play with other kids.

Why stay in a catered chalet?

Our catered chalets are ideal for families as they provide a home from home, give you and your children plenty of space to relax and play; and can cater for children’s specific dietary and other needs. You can enjoy both time with the children; and adult time away from the children; knowing that they are safe in the chalet environment.

Ski Lessons

Choosing the right ski school for your kids is essential. We can recommend some excellent local ski schools who are great with children and really get the balance between tuition and fun spot on!

Booking early is essential – all of the best providers get booked up early, particularly during school holidays. Do not expect to be able to book ski school your preferred ski school when you arrive.

What to bring

It is easy to exceed your baggage allowance when travelling with children. To help, we have a huge range of equipment for children at your disposal in all of our chalets – including toys, cots and bedding, car seats, high chairs, sledges, games consoles and plastic cutlery/plates/bowls/cups. Other essentials like buggies and baby monitors can be rented in resort (pre-booking is advised). We can even organise for bulky items like nappies to be purchased for you and delivered to your chalet.

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Some tips

  • bring 2 pairs of ski gloves so that will have a spare dry pair for sledging in the evening if the first pair get soaked on the ski slopes
  • A portable media player is a great way of passing the time on the flight and airport transfer
  • Layering clothes is the best way to keep children warm in the snow. Don’t forget to pack vests, long sleeved t-shirts, light fleeces and leggings.
  • Snow boots or wellies with good grip are a must for playing in the snow.
  • Eye protection is just as essential on a ski holiday as it is on a summer holiday. There can be beautiful sunny days in the Alps and the light dancing off the snow can sometimes be dazzling. For young skiers, goggles are great as they are more comfortable than wearing sunglasses (especially under ski helmets) and smalls struggle to take them off, so they stay on!
  • Protecting young skin is also very important so be sure to pack a sun cream with a high UV.

Choose one of our fantastic chalets

La Vieille Ferme

La Vieille Ferme

Beautifully restored farmhouse in village centre

  • Sleeps 15 in 5 huge ensuite rooms
  • B&B and catered breaks
  • Hot Tub & Games Room
  • Log Fires & Boot Warmers

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Chalet Lucioles

Chalet Lucioles

The best located catered chalet in Morzine!

  • Sleeps 10 in 5 ensuite rooms
  • Under 100m from Pleney ski lift
  • Hot Tub & Steam Room
  • Log Fires & Boot Warmers

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Pine Marten Lodge

Pine Marten Lodge

Perfect for large groups

  • Sleeps 18 in 7 spacious rooms
  • Central Morzine location
  • Hot Tub & Sauna
  • 2 living rooms and huge sunny garden

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Chalet Madosa

Chalet Madosa

Fantastic new catered chalet for Winter 2018!!

  • Sleeps 18 in 6 ensuite rooms
  • Central Morzine location
  • Hot Tub & Sauna
  • Log Fires & Games Room

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Our Services

Let us arrange all of the little extras that turn a good skiing holiday into a fantastic skiing holiday. Our bespoke, personal service will ensure that every detail of your holiday is arranged specifically with you and your party in mind. Our small, friendly team will be on hand to answer your questions both before and after you arrive in Morzine and will organise everything you need for a great holiday. Airport transfers, ski shuttles, ski passes, ski equipment, ski lessons and childcare can all be taken care of so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your stay. If you are celebrating a birthday, honeymoon or other special occasion just let us know and we can arrange those little extras (flowers, champagne, cake) that make a day to remember. If you are travelling with children, have a look at our Kids section to see why our chalets are all great choices for families.

Chalet Catering

Food & Drink

Food is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of a catered ski chalet holiday. We pride ourselves on the quality of our catering and are passionate about the menus that we deliver.

Morzine Geneva Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers

Our private minibus can be waiting for you at Geneva airport and will whisk you away to the chalet in Morzine in no time at all.

Morzine Kids Families

Family Friendly

Cots, high-chairs, toys and games, ski lessons, childcare: Find out why all of our chalets in Morzine are very child-friendly and why Morzine is such a great family ski resort.

Morzine ski passes

Ski Passes

Order your ski passes in advance of your arrival and let us collect them to save you valuable skiing time. We will have the ski passes waiting for you at the chalet when you arrive in Morzine.

Morzine Ski Hire

Ski Equipment

We will fit your ski equipment as soon as you arrive in the comfort of your chalet. Why queue in an overcrowded ski shop when you could be enjoying a glass of champagne whilst chatting to our knowledgable team?

Morzine Ski Hire

Ski Lessons

We can arrange private or group ski and snowboard lessons in Morzine Avoriaz and Les Gets.

Morzine Ski Shuttles

Chauffeur Service

We provide hassle-free minibus shuttles to and from the ski slopes in Morzine and beyond.

Morzine Massage

Massage & Beauty

Let us arrange massage and beauty treatments for you either at the chalet or a local spa.

Morzine Activities

Other Activities

Morzine offers so many different winter activities, there's something for everyone.



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