For snow sports lovers with kids, finding the ideal resort for your precious winter holiday can be tricky. Of course you want a ski area that will offer you a decent challenge, but you also need access to great beginner and intermediate slopes for the kids. Then there are the ski schools and fun activities off the pistes thathelp make a holiday special. Thereâ€™s so much to think about when youâ€™re planning, and booking a family winter sports holiday can sometimes feel like quite a chore.
Itâ€™s for that very reason the French authorities created the Famille Plus Montagneaward, which recognises resorts thatgo the extra mile to facilitate visitors with children: from ski schools and childrenâ€™s activities, to kidsâ€™ menus in restaurants and family-friendly accommodation.
Les Menuires, set in the heart of the vast Three Valleys area, is rightly proud of its Famille Plus award, recognising it as one of the best resorts for families in the French Alps. But itâ€™s important to note thatâ€™snot all this high-altitude resort has to offer. With virtually guaranteed snow, access to 600km of pistes, and ski-in, ski-out access from most of the accommodation, skiing in Les Menuiresis a winter sports fanâ€™sdream come true.
If its family credentials and the excellent selection of pistesarenâ€™t enough to convince you, here are a selection of reasons why skiing in Les Menuiresreally is the ultimate family choice.
Discount Family Lift Passes
Thereâ€™s nothing more frustrating than getting a great deal on accommodation and travel only to be stung with a massive cost for lift passes. In its attempt to attract families, the â€˜powers that beâ€™ in the resort have very sensibly created a discountedFamily Pass, making the holiday more affordable.
Excellent Toboggan Runs
Most parents have found out the hard way that rather than tiring children out, a day on the slopes just seems to fuel them even more! The Roc n Bob toboggan run in Les Menuires is a great way to have fun and burn off some of the excess energy. You can take the lift up and then race the kids down this fabulous well-groomed toboggan run. Tickets are available after 2pm, so itâ€™s a perfect aprÃ¨s ski school activity.
Fun in the Snow Parks
Kids love the challenge of jumps, rails and boxes.Instructors often take classesthrough the fun parks to hone their skills, so its great to take the kids up and let them show off all theyâ€™ve learnt. The resort has several snow parks, including the main one at the top of the Sunny chairlift and some fun ones on the lower slopes at La Masse.
These are just a few examples of fun you and the kids can have when you goskiing in Les Menuires.(I havenâ€™t even mentioned the bobsleigh rollercoaster Speed Mountain, the giant zip wire or the dog sledging!) One thing is for sure, the resort isnâ€™t resting on its laurels and it continues to strive to retain its place as the leading family resort in the French Alps.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best ski chalet accommodation inthe Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, and tips on skiing in Les Menuires or anywhere else in the region, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the experience of a lifetime.
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