Fun Alpine skiing resorts for kids
A ski holiday is the perfect opportunity for a fun family break, getting the kids active whilst providing downhill thrills for all at the same time. We have listed some of the best resorts for providing great skiing and snowboarding opportunities that keep children of all ages entertained in the World-famous Alps.
Territoire du Grand Cry
Les Gets features a themed ski area for children called the Territoire du Grand Cry; an American-Indian themed village that features children’s games and activities as well as slopes especially for the kids.
The pistes are decorated with Wild West characters, tepees and wild animals; allowing children to develop the skills that they have learnt in the ski schools. The boarder cross style slopes incorporate banked turns and moguls for some fun practice.
Each day of the winter season, the resort puts on drawing competitions, face painting and treasure hunts to keep the children entertained throughout their holiday.
The children’s snowboarding park at Val D’Isere allows the kids to practice their freestyle moves in a fun and safe environment. It is packed with small jumps and wide rails to help the junior snowboarders develop their skills. There is also a natural half pipe, with the park being open to children of all ages throughout the winter season.
The Moon Pistes at Meribel
The resort of Meribel has plenty to offer children of all ages. The Inuit village hosts themed games whilst the pistes feature banked turns and a mini slalom; the ‘P’tit Moon’ run caters for intermediate to advanced skiers from 6 to 12 years.
In addition, The Moon Wild Piste is an animal themed slope for children situated in the woodland; it features life-sized models to teach children about woodland animals and includes a walking and snowshoeing path next to the piste to make learning fun.
Courchevel Fun Areas
Courchevel and the rest of the Three Vallees offer a selection of fun areas for children to discover and learn new ways of enjoying the snow. The wood park includes wooden rails and tables, whilst the family park has boarder cross runs and jumps. In these areas, children can discover their freestyle abilities and learn in one of the many ski schools that offer freestyle tuition; some featuring specialised ‘Kids Fun Factories’ for all levels.
Other areas of the resort are aimed at teaching families information to help them make the most of their alpine holidays, as the kids develop their downhill skills. The Stop Zone provides tuition on speed and stopping distances, whilst the Avalanche Park has been designed to raise awareness of avalanche risks and equip skiers with the skills to search for victims beneath an avalanche.
Getting the Best Value for Families
All of the resorts mentioned have been awarded the ‘Famille Plus’ label to recognise the quality of children’s facilities on offer; providing great kids’ activities, exciting entertainment and great rates for families. Many of the Alpine specialist ski holiday companies list cheap ski deals to these resorts, with new deals regularly listed for you to track price trends.
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