Family Ski Holidays
Family ski holidays are magical, from the cozy fireside evenings to the first time on the slopes. And planning an unforgettable ski holiday is a piece of cake when you know what to look for.
Where to stay, what to pack, and how to choose the right childcare for you – this page is your guide to planning your perfect family ski holiday.
You can book everything with us – from childcare and husky rides, to ski hire and tuition for all ages and abilities.
Whichever resort you decide on, your little ones will be well looked after by professional childcare teams.
If your kids are under 3 then ESF is the place to be! Childcare with ESF can be purchased through us at an extra cost for either a half or full day. Plus, the hours are extended before and after the slopes open, giving you the chance to make the most of the day.
Over 3? No worries! ESF also has "Club Poui Poui" aimed at ages 3 to 5. This is less of a "childcare" option and is actually a lesson. This is the ideal place for children to get their first experience of skiing, taking it slowly with qualified instructors learning the basics through games & characters. Lessons can function as a source of child-free time from this age up!
Alternatively, some of our residences include childcare up to age 12, however, these may not always be English speaking (so something to consider)
Essentials For Families
To make sure things run smoothly while you’re on holiday, our suppliers can provide the extras you need. Some of these need to be booked in advance so they’re ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Travel cots with sheets and a blanket are available – just let us know and we can book these before you arrive.
Cots and linen in independent hotels are available for an extra charge. Again, we can book these for you before you arrive.
Free car seats are included when you book a private transfer but remember to include infants in the total number of seats require, if you’d rather bring your own, just let us know when you’re booking.
High chairs for the apartment may be available upon request.
What To Pack And Wear
Kitting out your kids for skiing needn’t cost the earth. Your skis, poles and helmets can be rented in resort, but you’ll need to get the right outer clothing sorted before you go. If it’s your first time, consider borrowing kit from a friend or asking around for any hand-me-downs before investing in your own gear.
What To Wear
Warm, waterproof outerwear – snowsuit or salopettes and jacket.
Goggles or sunglasses.
Sunblock with a high SPF – including a pocket-sized tube for ski school.
Two pairs of ski gloves each.
Ski socks – choose seamless for comfort.
Warm outdoor boots with a grip sole (not wellies).
Hat, scarf and gloves – fleece is ideal.
Ski helmet – if your child is skiing, you can book one for hire before you arrive in resort.
What To Pack
Indoor shoes or slippers.
Bottles and feeds – bibs and feeder cups.
Specialised baby food items, including formula milk.
Nappies, wipes and nappy cream.
Aqua nappies and swimsuit (if you’re somewhere with a pool).
Listening device and UK-to-overseas plug adapter.
Small selection of toys and a comforter.
In most resorts, you can buy nappies, jars of food and formula milk from supermarkets or chemists. But if your child prefers specific brands or if you want organic baby food and snacks, it’s worth bringing those with you.