Deciding on where in France to head for your next ski holiday?
If you are looking for Ski Resorts France Near Geneva you’ll have a tough time beating Morzine or Les Gets. Why? Well, they have over 650km of piste, with the opportunity to ski across 2 countries and enough runs to keep everyone happy from the beginner to expert. Then there’s the fact that they are both set in a pretty little Savoyard towns packed full with fantastic restaurants and charm. Then, to top it all, it is only about an hours transfer from Geneva airport!
But what makes this skiers paradise a great choice for families?
We’ve been to Morzine three times now with our little ones and we’ve stayed in Les Gets once. We have found both perfect for families. Here’s our five reasons why you should consider Morzine or Les Gets for your next family ski holiday. There are also some useful links at the end of the post.
1. There are designated kiddies ski zones and snow parks
Both Les Gets and Morzine have children ski zones that kiddies will love. In Morzine, there is the Penguin Park, think mini slaloms, tunnels and jumps!
On the way back down to the resort of Morzine, there is also an animal trail run (which is a green slope, so ideal for beginners) where little ones will enjoy spotting all the different wooden animal sculptures as they ski past.
In neighbouring Les Gets, there is the Indian Camp, where you can take a break from skiing, hang out and have a picnic in a Wigwam, see some farm animals and have your face painted.
For those who are more competent (or perhaps more brave), there is also a permanent halfpipe and snow parks in Avoriaz, Les Gets, Crosets, Nyon and Chatel. There are around 30 snowparks across the whole of the Portes du Soleil area!
2. Access to brilliant ski lessons with dedicated nursery areas
The ESF teaching school has great contained nursery areas where they introduce little ones to skiing. Lessons are available from 4 years old. They even have little conveyor belts to help them up the slope! In these areas they also introduce them to the pull rope lifts and button lifts.
ESF have a programme of ski lessons, starting from the absolute beginner to expert, and they are awarded badges at the end of a week’s lessons.
We have also used LGS Ski School in Les Gets who were excellent. They also give badges and certificates to show which level they pass. LGS classes tend to be smaller.
There are plenty of other ski schools available too, all with English speaking instructors, some of which are listed below.
3. Lots of other stuff to do, so no chance of being bored
If all day skiing is proving too much, there are plenty of other things to do in both resorts.
Ice-Skating – Morzine has a small ice-rink in the town centre where you can practice your triple axel, or alternatively just skate round and round!
Mini-land train – There is a land train which will take you to the slopes as part of your normal lift pass, this saves some of the walking and carrying skis, and what kid doesn’t love a train?!
Sledging – Pretty cheap to hire at around €7 for the day from most ski hire shops. At night you can take the lifts up and then sledge down! Serious fun!! In the day, have a snack at La Peite Ourse and borrow one of their sledges, let the kids have a go while you have a nice cold beer and watch.
Horse drawn carriage – See the picturesque town of Morzine in style, have a trip on a horse drawn carriage which will take you round the town.
Swimming – Morzine has a fantastic swimming complex with a 25m swimming pool, spa area and a paddling pool with childrens play area.
Snowmobiles – Ski across to Les Gets, and let the little ones have a go at doing laps on the mini skidoos. Children from ages 5 – 12 can have a go. They’ll have an initial safety presentation and then they’ll have about 15 minutes on a skidoo to go round the figure of eight track. So it’s not exactly formula one, but ours loved it.
4. All your childcare needs are catered for
Taking a little one? No problem! Morzine has a crèche that caters for holiday makers and has English speaking staff. I can personally vouch for L’outa nursery in Morzine, which was excellent with our 22 month old. The one is Les Gets is also lovely and is based right at the bottom of the slopes.
There are also plenty of private Nannies and childrens clubs so you can have wrap around care when you are there. A list of useful links is provided below.
5. Fantastic food and family friendly restaurants
You really are spoilt for choice in terms of dining, with most of the restaurants being of a particularly good standard. Most, if not all, also have a good childrens menu available which are mainly priced at around 10 Euros, which includes a dessert.
If you are looking for an in chalet dining experience, you can still book your chalet independently and then have a private chef to come and cook and prepare meals in your accommodation. We can personally vouch for Chez Toi and Drew at Chef Morzine, who also provide kiddies options as part of their menu plans.
So those are our main reasons for loving Morzine and Les Gets for a family friendly skiing holiday! I’d love to hear from you about your favourite family ski destinations so please do drop me a line.
Useful Links and additional information:
All views are my own and all links provided are unaffiliated.
L’Outa Creche – www.outa-morzine.com/en
Cheeky Monkeys – www.cheekymonkeysmorzine.com
ESF Piou Piou – www.esf-morzine.com
Alpine Resort Nannies – www.alpineresortnannies.co.uk
Jack Frosts Childcare – www.jackfrost.net
Things to do:
Swimming – www.parc-dereche.com