So, you’ve made the decision as a family to try skiing in the 3 Valleys this year, but with lots of beautiful alpine villages and over 600km of perfectly groomed piste it can be difficult to decide where to position yourselves. Three Valleys ski holidays for families have never been more in demand. The ski area consists of no fewer than eight fully interlinked resorts, including Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, so where should you go to make memories for that perfect family ski holiday in Les Trois Vallees?
If you are looking to take the family away for some world-class luxury, Courchevel 1850 is ready and waiting to serve you. With the best ski-in, ski-out chalets in Europe, skiing the Three Valleys has never been more pleasurable. Oozing total extravagance with Michelin-starred restaurants, designer boutiques and some of the best luxury ski chalets to ever grace the planet, parents can unwind and let an experienced in-resort team take the reins. All you need to decide on is which family friendly ski zone you want to visit that day! Of course, if you are planning on putting those little legs into ski school, rest assured, there are plenty of spas (potentially including one in your own chalet), that are ready to completely indulge you before you head along Avenue Montagne for a spot of shopping and a glass of the finest champagne. This is the ultimate luxury ski holiday to the Three Valleys for families.
If staying in the best-of-the-best is your top priority, Chalet Edelweiss is set to seriously impress. This ski palace boasts everything you could ever want from your ultimate family ski holiday, from a ski-in, ski-out location to its own private nightclub! Of course, if you’d prefer to spend more money on the mountain than in the chalet, Chalet Anchorage promises to offer amazing value for luxury with the great location for being the first on the pistes each morning.
The resort widely known for being the absolute pinnacle of luxury skiing, Courchevel continues to surprise us with it’s ‘Master of All’ approach and boasting that it really is the ideal place for everyone. From great ski schools and a vast selection of the world’s best cruisy runs, to family friendly accommodation and some of the most exciting after-ski activities, you really won’t be short of things to do. It may seem at first glance that Courchevel is just for the rich and famous, but its multiple villages cater for everyone…
If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere whilst still having the option to dip your toe into the waters at 1850, Courchevel Moriond (1650) is more than worth considering. Having the best of both worlds, Courchevel Moriond is the perfect place to locate yourself if the family enjoy tasting everything the resort has to offer. Giving you optimum flexibility, this resort is host to an array of self-catered chalets, making it one of the top resorts in the Three Valleys for families. You and your tribe can enjoy a family-friendly, warm welcome at an array of restaurants, including Copiña for an evening of innovative tapas, perfect for feeding hungry bellies in preparation for a busy next day on the slopes.
Taking your tots on the gentle green and blue runs has never been more exciting with specially themed runs keeping plenty of smiles on little faces. Be sure to head to Bel Air afterwards for a well-deserved hot chocolate and a chance to soak up some of the best rays in the Three Valleys. To keep the smiles rolling in, you must make it over to the toboggan run in Courchevel Moriond which is one of our top 5 toboggan runs in the Alps – fun for all the family!
Fancy finishing the busy ski day with the ease of being collected by your private in-resort chauffeur? Chalet Bacchus will be ready and waiting to serve you with a drink of your choice with its open bar. Spend the early evening enjoying the luxury of the chalet’s wellness facilities before your dedicated chef wines and dines you. Luxury without the added fuss more your style? Aspen Lodge A31 is ready to be your self-catered ski haven, giving you optimum flexibility when you want to play things by ear!
Courchevel Village (1550) takes things down a notch from the millionaires’ playground at Courchevel 1850, but it certainly packs a (albeit quiet and peaceful!) punch for a family holiday in the 3 Valleys. Despite being slightly further down the mountain, Courchevel Village is incredibly well connected with direct, high-speed ski lifts to 1850, and a comprehensive bus service between villages. For those who want to rack up the ski miles, Courchevel 1550 is an underrated choice in the Three Valleys for families! Other than the skiing, Courchevel Village is home to the amazing Aquamotion Swimming Complex – with its indoor and outdoor pools, river rapids, and surf pools, it’s a guaranteed win with the entire family for when you need a day away from the slopes. If you’re looking to make some of those picture-perfect memories for the family photo album, treat your brood to a snowy magical horse drawn sleigh ride or get the adrenaline pumping with a husky dog sled adventure.
If you’re the nominated ski carrier and looking for the easiest access to the slopes in the mornings, Chalet Le 1550 is in a prime location in resort. Of course, the chalet also boasts its own 4×4 Traxter vehicle for guests to benefit from, so carrying all the skis to and from the chalet needn’t be a necessity for your trip. Equally, if nipping in and out of the village is a priority for you, the Carre Blanc complex is the perfect place to stay. This selection of apartments sleep between 2 and 11 guests and offer fantastic value for luxury. Situated just 30m from the Grangettes ski lift also means the’ye super convenient for family ski holidays in the Three Valleys.
Le Praz (1300) makes for the perfect location in the Three Valleys for families. With a number of ‘ski de fond’ pistes that have gentle gradients, it’s great for family skiing in Les Trois Vallees, where the whole group can enjoy gliding through the snow-frosted trees. And if you’re looking to focus on some serious ‘me-time’ in-between the children’s activities, Chalet Dulcis Casu is the perfect place for you to unwind. The chalet has an indoor pool, Hammam, massage room and an outdoor hydrotherapy spa/hot tub in the courtyard offering you your very own spa day!
Courchevel Le Praz boasts an array of local bars and restaurants, so if your plan is to sample more of the local cuisine (maybe visiting Bistrot du Praz to enjoy pairing some of the finest French wines with gourmet dishes prepared with fresh produce, or l’Azimut for a Michelin star feast!), and take full advantage of the atmosphere around après, Chalet Pierremont is a stone’s throw away – making it easy work for you to piggy back those tired toddlers back in time for bed.
Courchevel Le Praz may be the lower of the Courchevel villages, but no matter which resort you start out from, the same high levels of accessibility and safety are consistent, so you can feel confident that whichever village in Courchevel you choose to reside, you won’t be disappointed when skiing the Three Valleys with your family.
If you’re dreaming of that ‘chocolate box’ location with its snow-capped mountain views and perfectly positioned alpine chalets, then there’s another resort that should be at the top of your list of Three Valleys for families destinations. Meribel is one of the best resorts in the Alps for family ski holidays! An all-around outstanding resort offering the very best of forest-lined blue runs, banked turns, tiny slaloms and ‘zen zones’ designed only for beginners.
Of course, the fun doesn’t stop when you take your boots off! Meribel has an extensive range of ‘off-piste’ activities, from igloo-making to magic shows. As busy parents, if you’re in need of some time away from the children (maybe a drink and a little dance on the tables at La Folie Douce?!), Merinannies childcare Service will gladly take your little ones up on the Rhodos Bubble for a treasure hunt or game of hide and seek in the forest, giving the children a magical experience while you make the most of some holiday relaxation.
Keeping children and adults occupied is no challenge during a luxury ski vacation to Chalet Alpaca. It boasts an array of ‘wow factor’ features, and is one of the best family chalets in Europe. Let your children burn off the last of their energy in the chalet’s games room or take on the challenge of the indoor climbing wall. All the while, you can explore the wonders of the wine cave and take your favourite glass of red to the top floor library where the roaring fire awaits. Of course, if location is top of your list of priorities, then ski in/ski out Antares Naos 8-10 on the Doron piste is difficult to beat. The convenience of having the Three Valleys on your doorstep (literally) is unbeatable on a family ski holiday in the Three Valleys. Enjoy your powder day with a little off-piste exploring, and ski right to the door where you can unwind in the wellness facilities before an evening enjoying the facilities such as the kids room and lounge bar. Ski holidays in Meribel are exactly what you envisage for that special, memorable family holiday to the Three Valleys.
Looking for a more cosmopolitan atmosphere and one of the best snow records in the Alps? Val Thorens is the perfect Three Valleys for families destination. It’s even been voted ‘best ski resort in the world’ 7 times! Proudly standing at 2,300 metres, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe, giving you breath-taking views and snow-sure pistes.
Ultraluxe catered ski chalets in Val Thorens can offer families the very best of high-end luxury with Formula 1 simulators and two-storey indoor soft play gyms to keep your little ones entertained every minute of the day. Chalet La Datcha Val Thorens is Val Thorens’ very own ski palace. With not 1 but 2 chalet cinema rooms, there will be no arguing over which film the children want to watch that evening. All the while, parents can enjoy some well-deserved pamper time in the wellness area, or compete for longest drive on the golf simulator.
If your little ones are all about the skiing and the swimming, you can’t beat the prime location of the Cocoon Residences for a family ski holiday in the Three Valleys. Cocoon is the perfect place to stay if your little ones just can’t wait to ski back at the end of the day and hit the pool for a few hours. They can even brush up their skills with complimentary swimming lessons!
Life outside of the chalet and onto the mountain has never been more fun. From the 900 meter ‘fun slope’ with its tunnels and cartoon hands, to the snow park for a chance to show off your favourite tricks, there are plenty of easy green and blue runs for the entire family to enjoy. The all-famous ‘Luge’ will certainly turn up more than a few laughs with 6km of twists and drops down the longest toboggan run in Europe. Continue the evening by sharing the day’s adventures over incredible pizzas in Face West, or in any one of the many family-friendly restaurants in Val Thorens before getting an early night ready for the next day’s adventures.
Taking skiing back to its traditional routes, St Martin de Belleville is nestled in the same valley as Val Thorens but is by far one of the Three Valleys best kept secrets! An authentic and traditional alpine village, St Martin de Belleville has a reputation for unpretentious luxury. For quality time together in the beautiful Trois Vallees, St Martin de Belleville is one of our favourite resorts in the Three Valleys for families.
Discovering the landscape in St Martin de Belleville will undoubtedly uncover nothing but pure magic. And there’s no better place to take in all of the views than on the large wraparound terrace of Chez Bugi. Once the sun dips down, star gazing in the chalet’s hot tub has never been more spectacular. Enjoy family life relaxing in your own pocket of luxury or venture out into the historical village and it’s surrounding area to enjoy some serious fine-dining – St Martin de Belleville is something of a foodie bolthole. La Bouitte is an absolute must if you want a 3 Michelin star dining experience in the dreamiest location. For a more relaxed bistro experience, the same chef team have established the ski-in Simple et Meilleur restaurant, showcasing local produce to its best advantage. Also mentioned in the Michelin Guide, it’s well worth a visit.
For a relaxing family ski holiday consider Chalet Un. Make the most of the gorgeous living room with some family fun board games, before putting those sleepy heads to rest in their bunk room a good night’s rest. Of course, this quaint village is not to be underestimated! It may be considered a hidden gem, but it sure does give back-door access to some of the best skiing in the world. Just a ride up the Saint Martin Gondola and a switch over to the St Martin Express and you’ll find yourself in amongst some of the best pistes in the Three Valleys.
All in all, there’s a resort in the Three Valleys for every family. You can feel totally confident that wherever you chose to base your family for your time away, you will have an unforgettable time.
If you want the perfect ski holiday in the Three Valleys for families or need assistance planning your next family ski holiday in the 3 Valleys, our Ski Specialists are on hand to help. Send an email or pick up the phone and dial +44 1202 203650.