10 keys to choosing your family ski resort
The choice of which ski resort to go to on holiday with your family cannot be taken lightly. Several criteria are to be considered when selecting the ideal family ski resort. Here are 10 points to be considered so as to make the right choice.
Facilities and equipment for everyone
Travelling with children always implies checking various points before choosing your family ski resort in the Alps. Accommodation, activities and facilities (such as ski lifts) need to be suited to small children and their family.
Special family prices
Holiday budgets tend to change as soon as you travel as a family. It is without a doubt a huge consideration when choosing your family ski resort. The Portes du Soleil domain offers a Family Pass valid in all its resorts, so you can save real money and enjoy your holiday without spending a fortune! Its 12 resorts all have the same passes, making your life so much easier!
Varied and adapted leisure activities for children and adults
So no one gets bored, it is essential for you to look at the activities available for adults and children in the resort chosen. Think of leisure activities you could enjoy as a family, as well as those more suited to children or adults. In a nutshell, make sure you choose a resort offering activities that suit your children’s ages and what you enjoy doing. The Portes du Soleil domain encompasses numerous activities for adults and children alike, in all its resorts and in every season: winter sports, activities in the snow, treasure hunts, etc.
Family Plus label
The Family Plus label ensures you have everything you need for a great family holiday! The Portes du Soleil domain actually counts 3 “Family Plus Mountain” resorts. As such, Châtel, Les Gets and Morzine therefore have all the leisure activities, restaurants, accommodation, facilities and secure equipment necessary to meet a family’s expectations. Special family passes are also offered, as well as day-care centres and ski kindergartens for your little ones.
Transport for getting around the resort
Shuttles and public transport are essential when travelling with young children to get to the ski area and to the resort’s other main points of interest. This makes it a key consideration to avoid complicating your stay. The ColomBus inter-town shuttle runs throughout the Portes du Soleil domain during the entire tourist season, and stops at all the resorts in the valley located between Chevenoz and Châtel.
Slopes suitable for the whole family
It is also very important to assess your children’s and your own skiing level. This is how you will determine which family ski resort is best-suited to your family (lots of green, blue and red slopes - or even black ones). For beginners, remember to look at the certified ski schools within the resort. The Portes du Soleil domain counts 286 slopes, of which 32 black, 101 red, 119 blue, 34 green and 196 ski lifts, suited both to beginners and seasoned skiers. You should be able to enjoy a nice stay with your family!
The journey to get to the ski resort is also a major consideration. Easy access from the motorway, train station or airport may help you choose the best place for your family holiday. The Portes du Soleil domain is ideally located, and right near all modes of transport and the motorway (A40 and A9).
The climate is an important point for your family winter holiday. A sun-bathed holiday is much more pleasant of course, even during the winter. The Southern Alps generally get more sun than the Northern Alps, but you never know what the weather will be like! It will be up to you to check the weather forecasts for the period you wish to travel in, before selecting your ski resort.
Your accommodation is definitely something to look into before making your decision. Is it adapted to all your family members - perhaps a baby or reduced mobility person? Are you looking for a hotel club, a house to rent or a holiday village? Now is the time to define your expectations and needs!
A pleasant setting and environment
The setting is obviously extremely important when choosing your family ski resort - so you are sure to have the best holiday possible. The altitude and surrounding nature (pine forests, lakes, etc.) will help you make your final choice and enjoy your holiday to the fullest!