Flaine is recognised as one of the most child friendly ski resorts and so is perfect for families and a ski weekend for beginners.
Boasting a variety of kids clubs, ski schools and entertainment there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained whilst you enjoy the slopes.
It's important that when on any short ski break you are able to negotiate the slopes safely. Flaine boasts a number ranging in difficulty but ultimately has something for everyone, even youngsters, making the French resort an ideal location for a ski weekend for beginner. read more
Every age group is catered for, Les P'tits Loups and Club Med groups are aimed at babies and toddlers. For 3-12yrs there's the Rabbit club and Fantaski or le Souris Verte and from 5years upwards you can enrol them in ski school, which also has a crèche and playground for non skiers. Prices are reasonable. One of the other key attractions of Flaine for families with young children is that it is car free.
The resort itself at 1600m is noted for great snow and an impressive 265 kilometres of ski runs. Part of the Grand Massif area there is a great variety of terrain some of which is very challenging. The majority of runs however seem ideal for intermediates, with many running directly from the Flaine bowl itself. There are also a good selection of nursery slopes right next to the village ideal for beginners!
If you are looking to entertain the family off the slopes you could try the cinema or bowling alley or even the climbing wall. There are also the usual swimming and spa facilities and plenty of outdoor activities. Despite all of this Flaine's best offering is most definitely the decent snow and varied slopes!
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Alternative Resorts for a Ski Weekend for Beginners and Families:
Avoriaz is a purpose built, traffic free resort situated in an excellent position on the main Portes du Soleil wheel - the main link between France and Switzerland. read more
It's a compact place with everything close to hand. As cars are banned, horse-drawn sleighs and snowcats will transport you to your accommodation - all hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes are truly ski-in/ski-out!
Avoriaz's Children's Village, managed by Olympic-medallist Annie Famose and a staff of 140 instructors is renowned for teaching youngsters aged 3 to 16 to ski. Children not taking lessons can enjoy the snow playground. The town also has a nursery. Les Petits Loups for children aged 3 months to 5 years.
There is skiing to suit all abilities. Avoriaz has some of the best beginner facilities in the Portes du Soleil region. Experts will find wide open all-terrain, all-condition slopes and intermediates will never have to ski the same run twice!
This makes Avoriaz great for a ski weekend or longer ski break.
An excellent choice for a family base, la Tania prides itself on its good-value and quiet family focused atmosphere. Although purpose built La Tania retains a pretty and attractive exterior, set amongst trees in an excellent location in the three valleys. read more
What makes La Tania special is that it has both the close links with the bigger resorts of Meribel and Courcheval combined with its own quaint village feel.
The slopes in the close vicinity to La Tania are of a good standard, particularly the long runs which are ideal for intermediates, and the beginners runs that are easily accessible from the village.
For children the options are great. The nursery run by Le Ski is well regarded, as is the kindergarten Maison des Enfants which will cater for non-skiing little ones. For children that ski, Jardin des Neiges will entertain them from the age of 4 upwards. Another plus point about La Tania is the availability of babysitters.
If you feel like a night out the choice of bars and restaurants is quite good. Le Ski Lodge is widely known particularly for the live music but it's by no means the only choice. For cocktails try the Taiga, or for something quiet look no further than L'Arbatt, which as the name suggests is French run.
Soldeu is probably Andorra's best known resort, especially recommended for budding beginners and improving intermediates, but will also tempt competent skiers too. read more
The friendly, unpretentious atmosphere, varied skiing with larger than average ski area, comprehensive lift system and glorious sunshine; together with the lively après ski make Soldeu and the neighbouring villages of El Tarter and Canillo an excellent choice for a fun-filled, great value family ski holiday or ski weekend!
Soldeu offers something for every skier or boarder. The ski schools are excellent with plenty of native English-speaking instructors.
Children are also looked after at the mid-mountain stations. There are nurseries at Espiolets, Riba Escorxada and El Forn for children from 12 months to 3 years old and Snow Gardens for 3 to 6 year olds.
The resort is part of the Ski Andorra lift pass scheme which includes all of Andorra's major ski areas - Arinsal, Ordino (Arcalis), Pal, Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig and Soldeu - El Tarter, thereby greatly enhancing the ski area for intermediate and advanced skiers as well as offering many options for beginners.
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