Families head to the slopes for adventure, all out luxury and that infamous ‘bonding’ time. Unfortunately this is all easier said than done when little Nigel won’t even come down for tea without giving you a stony stare. So what’s a parent to do? Turn the kettle on, take a deep breath and read our family ski holiday survival guide.
Child Friendly Accommodation
Couples retreats are out, nobody wants to be that anomaly family turning up to a resort full of child-free love birds. Besides, the facilities will probably be inadequate for children. Sigh no more though reader, having youngsters on board doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it, you just have to be smart about it.
Ski chalets are one accommodation type where you can have it all. La Plagne ski chalets in particular boast plush facilities such as hot-tub Jacuzzis, pool tables, Xbox360’s, karaoke machines, widescreen TVs…The list goes on.
Ski chalets are also very spacious allowing you to take a dip in the hot tub while the kids enjoy a pool tournament. The best of both worlds.
Food, Glorious Food
Food is an obvious highlight on holiday, but when you’re in charge of feeding the troops it can quickly become a chore. Choosing a half-board or all-inclusive package allows you more freedom on the slopes and saves the effort of trudging through the snow to the village supermarket.
Chalet chefs are a godsend on holiday; they take care of all the things that the grown-ups came on holiday to get away from. A typical day with a chalet host in La Plagne includes fresh homemade croissants, a hearty breakfast and coffee in the morning; an optional lunchtime meal followed by a 3 course gourmet dinner and a selection of fine wines. Which all begs the question: why would anyone choose to go self-catered?
Varied Local Amenities
You may have reached a point in life where the most adventure you crave is harmless banter with a cute ski instructor, but your kids are apt to have a different world view. Teenagers in particular will want to be close to the action, so think twice before booking a holiday to a remote location.
La Plagne is a great destination for families as it boasts the best of both worlds. Divided into 11 separate villages, most Brits opt for Belle-Plagne, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 for a mix of Savoyard alpine charm and charming bars, restaurants and family fun.
Travelling with younger kids? La Plagne is favoured by families for its large range of English speaking ski schools. For children not quite old enough to hit the snow, there are also an abundance of nurseries.
The Bread and Butter
And finally, the bread and butter of your holiday; the part that’s kind of a big deal- yes we’re referring to the skiing. Boasting altitudes between 2000m and 2700m, the majority of La Plagne is snow-sure.
As for pistes, La Plagne boasts an extensive and varied variety of pistes which are ideal for beginner and intermediate levels. Thrill seekers on the other hand may find themselves high and dry as there is not much in the way of steep pistes.
The linked cable car between La Plagne and Les Arcs is an absolute must. Travelling at a speed of 12.5km/h the Vanoise Express can transport passengers 2km in 4 minutes and carries up to 2,000 people per hour.
Author Note: Get your family holiday booked with an enticing range of La Plagne chalets available to rent direct from Snowchateaux. Snowchateaux have a superb range of catered chalets available to rent in La Plagne. Visit the website to find out more.