Family skiing holidays (as the British and Aussies term vacations) must meet the differing ski abilities and interests of each member of the family. That's not so easy to plan when you have expert skiers and beginners who want variety in Nursery slopes, on the same vacation!
I know what it's like. I've been planning family skiing vacations for over 20 years!
Chamonix for family vacations meets just about all our criteria for a successful trip.
We know the first and foremost objective is for every one of
your family members to have FUN and enjoy their holidays.
We also know that parking the kids at ski-school for the entire holidays isn’t always the most desired option. Afterall, it is meant to be family holidays and the kids do want to spend a fun time with you.
We’ve checked out just about all of the resort's skiing and non-skiing attractions. Here are our observations:
Loads of Family Friendly Activities
Our recommendation is a YES for:
• ski areas of Long Reds and Blues, a good variey of Nursery slopes and world class Steep Deeps
• the variety of activities for non-skiers in the family
• challenging and variety of pistes for the advanced skiers in the family
• easy and gentle pistes for beginners in the family
• the number of ski areas for intermediate skiers
• a clean, well lit and safe town
• a charming olde-world atmosphere in town
• the number of fresh fruit and vegetable stores and supermarkets
• excellent free local transport
• the mostly flat terrain in the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc, so it’s easier pushing the stroller and corralling the kids
• the nearby forest walks
• the ice skating rink
• the Ice Hockey Games
Forest Walks at Domaine Du Nordique
It’s not all perfect at this resort, and we consider these
to be significant considerations for families, especially those with
• NO as the green nursery areas are spread throughout the valley, although this is tempered by excellent free transport
• NO as the ski resort is not tightly confined – it’s spread across the valley from Vallorcine to Servoz (I've found it easier to manage the children when there is only one slope and they can't be anywhere else)
• NO as it takes time to drop the kids off at ski-school, then head off elsewhere for a decent day’s skiing
• NO - nothing is budget here. It’s a quality resort at quality prices. Skiing holidays are never cheap.
On balance, though…for family skiing holidays – it’s a resounding YES! All of us thought these holidays at Cham were just fantastic!