It’s always tricky to find the ideal destination for a family ski or snowboard trip. There’s so much information out there and it’s a big responsibility to ensure that the whole family really enjoy their holiday.
This trip needs to be absolutely brilliant… so no pressure!
My advice would be to make your search as simple as possible. Compile a wishlist of what you need from your perfect family ski holiday destination. Now look for somewhere that ticks as many of those wishes as possible.
Morzine ticked quite a few wishes for the Telegraph Newspaper. It was given 5 out of 5 for families in their ski resort review of 2016.
What Are the Challenges of Finding a Family Friendly Resort?
There’s no surprise that the perfect family resort can be somewhat elusive and here’s why:-
- Everyone in the family has different needs
They all want something different from the holiday – time out to relax, a fun packed itinerary, luxurious treats and new experiences.
Finding a resort that delivers choice by the bucket load should be high on your list.
- Differing ski levels and abilities
Believe me, considering the wide spectrum of ability within a family is hard. It doesn’t matter whether you are just beginning in your family ski or snowboard journey or have taken winter holidays together for several years.
Wanting a ski area that is safe, with a wide range of slopes is important.
- Family holidays are precious
They need to be as perfect as possible. So searching for a destination where it’s easy to create treasured memories is ideal.
- Maximise time together and time in the resort
I know it seems simple but logistics play an important part. It’s always a bonus to have a central resort location to minimise unwanted journeys. Also short flying and airport transfer times can make such a difference.
- Lack of time for research
Our lives our so busy and it isn’t always possible to spend enough time doing all the holiday research that we would want. It can be easy to overlook important elements of the trip.
Entrusting the help of someone with local knowledge can prove invaluable and very supportive.
Why Does Morzine Offer More for All the Family?
Located in the French Alps and part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine offers the best of both worlds. It’s a big town with a friendly village feel. The old and the new combine, allowing Morzine to evolve whilst retaining its alpine charm.
Having lived in Morzine for over 10 years, I value the town’s great sense of community. This provides a more authentic mountain experience – a great plus for families.
Morzine Has Everything You Need
1. Getting to Morzine
Geneva airport is well located for access to the Alps, with great links to the UK and other European cities. Morzine’s proximity to the airport, along with decent roads mean short transfer times. Only a 90 minute drive and you are there, a vital consideration when travelling with children.
2. Award Winning Resort
With the first ski lift being created in 1934, Morzine is a resort over 80 years in the making. It has lots of experience in knowing what visitors want from a holiday destination. It’s about making sure that families have everything they could possible need.
Morzine has ‘Famille Plus’ status, awarded for providing top quality facilities and activities for families with children.
3. Quality Accommodation
Accommodation is so important for families as it sets the tone of the whole holiday. Standards are very high in Morzine for both catered and non catered accommodation. Always look out for places with a strong focus on attention to detail, cleanliness and stylish alpine living.
4. Toddler Friendly
Morzine has everything you need for a toddler friendly family holiday. The supermarkets are accessible, so if you need to dash out for nappies or baby food, you don’t need to worry. There are also lots of child friendly cafes and bars with baby changing facilities.
There’s a good local creche L’Outa Nursery which welcomes children from 3 months to 5 years. My own son went to this nursery for 2 years and the people who run it are amazing.
Private nannies are also available. I personally love Helen at Morzine Kids and Cheryl Gearon – both have looked after my little one with smiles every minute and every hour.
Cheeky Monkeys offers this service along with a babysitting option and we know and trust Sharon the owner well.
5. Boutique Travel Companies
It’s worth enlisting the services of those who are passionate about the area and can offer local knowledge to help you in every aspect of your trip.
This help will save so much time and effort during the planning of your holiday. It’s always good to have support during your stay so you don’t have to worry about anything.
A Wonderful Ski Experience
6. So Much Skiing
The ski area offers something for everyone, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. The mountains create a perfect outdoor playground for all the family.
In addition, there are great links to the family friendly runs of neighbouring Les Gets and the higher altitude resort of Avoriaz.
7. Sledging and Ski Fun Combined
If your little ones are under 3 years old, you don’t need ski school.
Instead, you can hire plastic skis to strap on to snow boots at Action Sports or Felix Ski at the base of the Pleney. They are great for first time sliding on the snow in the hands of Mummy and Daddy!
This is also a fabulous sledging spot where you can grab a hot chocolate with lashings of chantilly cream whilst you watch your little ones have their first adrenalin fix!
If you fancy the dark side for your nippers – snowboards with pull around leashes can also be hired from JP at Slopestyle/The Woods. He has 2 of his own little nippers that have been boarding since year dot so he “gets it”. Ask him for advice on the Burton Riglet first set ups for toddlers, to allow them to whizz down the slope for the first time with ease.
You could argue this is an even better option than skiing!
8. Special Runs Designed for Kids
This area thinks of everything, by designing great runs and areas specifically for kids. There will be some fantastic photo opportunities, so don’t miss these out.
Little Indian Run in Les Gets at Chavannes and there’s a handy restaurant at the top!
Animal Adventure Piste on the Pleney B slope.
Burton Riglet Park in Avoriaz.
9. Great Ski and Snowboard Schools
I can’t stress this enough, the ski schools in Morzine have a brilliant reputation – you are in very safe hands.
The Piou Piou Club offers childcare and an introduction to skiing for 3-5 year olds. Run by ESF (Ecole du Ski Français) where children can then progress into classes for 6 -14 year olds and then on to teenager and adult lessons.
BASS – British Alpine Ski School
They provide a selection of courses from beginner to pro and ensure that the maximum group size is 6, to give individual attention.
They offer ski, snowboard and telemark lessons for all ages and abilities with a guarantee of small groups of 4-6.
If boarding is more your style, MINT have a mini-shred course for kids as young as 3 – my 4 year old has learnt with these guys.
10. Beautifully Groomed Pistes
Morzine has invested heavily in providing modern chairlifts, great snowmaking facilities and an excellent reputation for maintaining the pisted areas. All this, and having the added benefit of access to higher altitude slopes.
11. Family Lunches on The Slopes
There is nothing better than taking a well earned break and enjoying an alpine lunch with the whole family. Whether you want to cosy up by a fire or chill out on a sun soaked terrace, you will be spoilt for choice. There’s a whopping 90 restaurants to choose from in the Portes du Soleil area.
There’s so Much More to Do in Morzine
12. Child Friendly Non Ski/Snowboard Activities
I am proud to say that there is a real focus on kids in Morzine, with lots of tailor made activities for all ages. They even have their own downloadable brochure so you won’t miss out on any special events.
13. Activities to Enjoy as a Family
After a day on the pistes or on a ski free day, it’s good to know that there are so many brilliant things to do with all the family. Firm favourites include sledging, ice skating, swimming and husky sledding, to name but a few.
14. Non Skier Activities
Morzine offers a wide variety of activities for the non skier to experience. Enjoy the many shops selling unique gifts, people watch in the friendly cafes, unwind in a spa or feel relaxed after a yoga session. Then for adrenaline seekers, there’s snowmobiling and parapenting.
15. Mum and Dad Time
It’s important and there’s no reason why parents can’t have some time to themselves. Savour the food in a fancy restaurant, enjoy aperos in a sophisticated bar or relax in the hot tub and count the stars.
16. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Morzine offers a vast array of bars and restaurants to explore and enjoy. Think – traditional meets contemporary and convivial mixes with sophisticated.
There are restaurants with early sittings before 7pm so you can feed your hungry little ones. At More Mountain, we also offer an option for meals on wheels in our self catered apartments.
Many families prefer to opt for the catered chalet option. Friendly chalet staff serve hearty, wholesome and healthy meals while guests relax.
How Do You Create Your Perfect Family Ski Holiday?
I love the way Morzine offers something for everyone and as children grow older they will continue to enjoy this area. When they become more accomplished skiers, Morzine will give them the key to unlocking other parts of the vast ski area. It’s definitely a resort families come back to year after year.
The best family winter holidays are all about balance and considering the needs of everyone. You need to research and plan at the beginning, then all you have to do is enjoy the fun-packed holiday you deserve, filled with memories to treasure.
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