Each and every one of our top family friendly ski resorts in France will give you an awesome and unforgettable family experience in the mountains.
Slopeside escapes to secluded retreats, mountain-top restaurants, the wafts of freshly baked croissants and miles and miles of pistes; these are just some of the thing that wait for you in our French family friendly ski resorts. We believe time spent with your family in the mountains should be wondrous, full of laughter and above all else – easy.
With this guide, we’ll look at some of the best family friendly ski destinations in France for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for the slope side convenience France is so good at, to picture perfect villages or in-resort activities to keep you occupied till the cows come home; our luxury ski holidays will make sure you have an awesome family time in the mountains.
France is the home of ski chalets and whether that’s catered and all meals taken care of, or with the flexibility of self-catering and skiing to your own schedule. Chalets offer some of the best social family ski experiences.
Many resorts in France are right on the slopes and you get an abundance of ski in, ski out accommodation which means no carrying numerous pairs of skis down the road to ski school and certainly no walking in your stiff boots. And if your accommodation isn’t right on the slopes there’s nearly always great transport links to get you there.
Children can generally ski from 3 years old in France which is a year earlier than many ski countries. So you can start even sooner.
France is home to some of the biggest ski areas in the world so you have a whole heap of options and miles of pistes for any level of skiers. The large area give great variation for mixed ability groups and should mean beginners aren’t limited to the very bottom of the mountain.
Here is a resort that’s been delighting skiers since the Rothschild family made France’s answer to the rather swanky St Moritz over a century ago bringing French aristocracy to the mountains. Containing all the traits for a seamless family ski holiday and the resort is slowly becoming a mainstay on the ski scene once again.
A fantastic location just over an hour from Geneva means transfer time is kept to a minimum. Less “are we there yet” less time cooped up travelling and best of all more time in the mountains you came for. And whilst many resorts have a short transfer, very few can offer a village bursting with character, huge ski area and plethora of choice that Megeve has in abundance.
You could get lost for days in the cobbled streets and myriad of shops, restaurants, cafés and jazz bars. Open air ice rinks with a back drop of spectacular scenery, go dog sledding or take a horse-drawn cart through the town. And to top it off the 325km of piste is massive, including some fantastic progression terrain perfect for beginners and intermediates. For a laid-back family affair it’s hard to overlook Megeve and it’s recent resurgence into a top and trendy family ski resort you should know about.
Tignes is a completely different kettle of fish to Megeve. A purpose built resort right on the slopes. Offering a huge range of ski in, ski out chalets and luxury residences in one of the largest and more renown ski areas in the world.
Tigne’s various villages each offer a different atmosphere Val Claret is know for it’s Apres but pretty Les Brevieres or Tignes 1800 are both great ski in, ski out options for families. Or Le Lac if you want to hit up all the activities on offer.
The huge ski area brings enough slopes to keep everyone’s smiles plastered to their face all week long. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro. But this isn’t why its makes our top family friendly ski resorts in France.
Tignes is arguably the best resort in France for throwing family friendly events and general family friendly stuff to do. From hot chocolates at the bottom of the slopes to mountain markets and regular light shows. £km of tobogganing for mini daredevils, a cinema showing kids films, ice skating and dog sledding. There’s a huge swimming pool and activity complex that make light work of post ski afternoons. You have so many activities to keep the little ones entertained and all to a glacial backdrop, meaning you’re all but guaranteed snow. White Christmas anyone?
Morzine is simply a resort with a lot going for it, but often gets overlooked for some of the bigger names out there like the Courchevel’s and Val d’Isere’s. The former farming village is now a gorgeous Alpine village, the kind you picture when thinking about ski chalets. And luxury ski chalets are something it has in abundance.
The ski area is the massive Portes du Soleil incorporating nearby ski resorts such as Avoriaz and Les Gets. The area is a whopping 650km in total and you can ski across the border into Switzerland if you fancy. But the best part for families, especially those with kids learning to ski or getting to grips with it, the slopes around town are wide and gentle with hardly any drag lifts. That always goes down well with nervous skiers.
You can take kids dog sledding where they can have a go at driving the sled or enjoying a ride through the forest. You have horse drawn carriages, fairground rides, an open air ice rink (and an inside one), there’s the pool and aquatic centre or even a fondue igloo experience for over eights.
Plus, you’re super close to Geneva airport. The transfer takes just over an hour and you won’t find many resorts closer than that. And being Geneva, you have a huge range of flight options as well as transfers to choose the right fit for your family.
La Tania has made it to the creme de la creme of family skiing due to being the village hidden in the trees, tucked away in its own little world within the largest linked ski area in the world. The massive Three Valleys and 600km of pistes.
La Tania straddles the mountain between Courchevel and Meribel and being smaller than the two neighbouring ski resort colossuses means it’s much more manageable for families. Yet there’s still plenty to do.
Whilst the whole ski area has enough terrain to ski for years let alone a week. It’s the immediate area around the village that holds the draw to our family skiing credentials. It’s like it’s own little wooded ski wonderland with wide and gentle blue and green runs through the trees. There’s a free lift for beginners and dedicated ZEN zones with magic carpets to make sure you can learn and progress in a safe environment.
You have the Indian trail, a family park and the stop sone. Loads of fun on the slopes from archery to learning new tricks. But there’s equally enough going on off the slopes from rides to ice skating, bowling and dog sledding. An indoor climbing area and even ziplines. Plus there’s no traffic through the resort centre so you get some added peace of mind with young ones.