Family Ski Holidays
Family ski holidays are magical occasions, from the cozy fireside evenings with hot chocolate and marshmallows to the first time they join the snow plow train down the piste. 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. Nursery with ESF can be purchased through us at an extra cost for either half or full days.
For kids over 3, No worries, ESF also has "Club Piou Piou" aimed at ages 3 to 5. This is less of a "childcare" option and actually includes skiing tuition also. This is the ideal place for children to get their first experience of skiing, taking it slowly with qualified instructors learning the basics through inventive games & characters.
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 are 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.
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 would rather bring your own, just let us know when you are booking.
High chairs for the apartment may be available upon request.
What To Pack And Wear
Kitting out your kids for skiing need not cost the earth. Your skis, boots and poles and helmets can be rented in resort, but you will need to get the right clothing sorted before you go. If it is your first time, consider borrowing kit from a friend or asking around for any hand-me-downs before investing in your own gear. Pre-owned clothing from somewhere like Vinted or Ebay are cost effective options.
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 – you can rent these through us for an additional cost.
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 your accommodation has 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.