Family ski holidays in Morzine
There are hundreds of ski resorts in the Alps and yet year after year Morzine is consistently voted as one of the best ski resorts for families. We take a look here at what makes Morzine perfect for family ski holidays. If you are looking to book a ski holiday contact us here for more information and to find out about our remaining availability during half term and Easter school holidays.
Best ski resorts for families: why Morzine?
No child, or parent for that matter, has ever said they can’t wait to go on a long journey! Getting to Morzine couldn’t be easier and it is such a quick journey that you will be able to relax in resort in no time. With daily flights from all over the UK and Europe to Geneva, booking flights is simple with lots of flexibility on departure times. No need for carting three children out of bed at 4am, you can select from many routes and times to suit your family, even during the busy peak school holiday weeks. Upon arrival in Geneva, when booking with Hunter Chalets, your transfer will be waiting for you to bring you straight to Morzine. We offer guests various options for travelling to resort such as shared transfers which lower the cost, private transfers so you and your family can travel alone and immediately upon arrival or if you want to experience a real treat we can arrange for a helicopter transfer to bring you to resort. Arriving by helicopter may sound extravagant but with a scenic flight over lake Geneva and Mont Blanc included, it is an experience that the family will never forget! Travelling by road takes just over an hour meaning you won’t have to amuse children on long, winding mountain roads associated with other resorts.
Morzine has a plethora of ski schools to choose from so you can really decide what suits your child best. Each child learns in a different way and is comfortable with different instruction styles and boundaries. We encourage parents to think about how their child will get the most out of their lesson and what the objective is. Do they just want to have fun and make friends or are they looking to really improve technique and progress in the sport? Group lessons are very popular for families as children spend time skiing with others and therefore there is an added social element to the lessons. Group lessons are, of course, more budget friendly than one on one lessons, however, the private lessons obviously have the added value of really concentrating completely on your child and progression is therefore quicker. There are benefits for both styles of instructions so it is important to decide what you and your child want to gain from them before choosing which to book. For younger children, the Piou Piou club is a fantastic experience and great introduction to skiing. Situated in the heart of Morzine, the nursery slope is transformed in to a playground of tunnels and obstacles that encourage little ones to learn to ski in an interactive and fun way. If you are skiing yourself, the Piou Piou club offers snacks and drinks for children on full day lessons allowing both parents and children to make the most of their family ski holidays.
Interconnected Ski Areas
A common problem on family ski holidays is that people with different abilities are separated from each other for most of the day due to the fact that the beginners slopes are in a totally different and cut off area from the rest of the slopes. In Morzine, one of the best things for mixed ability groups is being able to take the same chairlift as each other and then at the top choose your run down based on your ability. There are numerous areas where one can choose a green or blue run to the bottom whilst others in the family take the red runs and they all lead to the same place. This is genuinely something lacking in many other resorts. Furthermore, there are also many mountain restaurants which can be accessed by all levels of skiers as well as pedestrians. This is perfect for families travelling with non-skiers, beginners and advanced skiers who don’t want to just see each other at the end of the day.
The Portes du Soleil has 30 snow parks, ski and snowboard parks and plenty of other fun areas. Children are fearless and just love to take on the challenge of jumps, kickers and half pipes. But parent’s needn’t worry too much as there are parks for all ages and abilities on the mountain. Even the youngest skiers can enjoy the mini stash in Avoriaz or the American Indian themed ski park in Les Gets that allows them to have fun with mini jumps and banked turns. Older and more experienced kids will enjoy the many parks spread throughout the Portes du Soleil and can even try their hand at the massive half pipe in Avoriaz. Air bags can be found on the mountain and are a great safe and fun way to enjoy the thrill of jumps without worrying about the landing! All of these parks are included in your ski pass and don’t require any separate access.
Bad Weather Activities
One thing we can’t guarantee is the weather and we all know that it isn’t fun or easy to coax a group of children out on the mountain on a windy, rainy day. Whilst some other resorts may leave you stuck for things to do, Morzine and the surrounding villages has so much to offer on non ski days. The swimming pool in the centre of town is a very popular choice on a rainy day and even has a spa and sauna area for parents and older children to enjoy. There are three swimming pools. An olympic pool with lanes, a large children’s pool and a baby pool which has fun water features, two little slides and toys such as balls and floating rocking horses for children to play with. They even have armbands to borrow. A word of warning, board shorts are not permitted in local French swimming pools so boys and men need to have speedos. They are for sale at the entrance if you forget to bring some with you. Another option for swimming is the wonderful Aquariaz located in Avoriaz. This tropical island themed swimming centre is such a fun place for children and adults alike. There is a lazy river, climbing wall with rope swing and a half pipe flume too! For the little ones there is an excellent baby and infant area with water guns and fountains, slides and flumes and it is lovely and warm for even the littlest swimmers. The lazy river leads to a doorway where you will find an outdoor hot tub overlooking the ski slopes of Avoriaz! We think this is one of best rainy day activities for all the family. Again, they have baby floats and armbands available for you to borrow (and you can wear your swim shorts!) Morzine also has a professional size, indoor ice rink where you can rent skates and enjoy another fun activity if the weather isn’t great. There are plenty of support frames for beginners to use and even little chairs that can go on the ice rink for pushing toddlers around so they can enjoy the fun too. When booking family ski holidays with Hunter Chalets you have access to our driver service meaning you can enjoy activities further afield too. In Les Gets, ten minutes from Morzine, the family can enjoy a day out to the ten pin bowling alley. There is a cafe for drinks and snacks and you can book as many lanes as you need for a fun family competition! Some of our properties have private cinemas in the chalets, however, there is also a cinema in Morzine which plays weekly English versions of the latest movies so if it’s pouring down, grab some popcorn and settle in for a family film.
Skiing can be tiring for little ones as well as mums and dads so sometimes it’s fun to take a break and enjoy the other activities in Morzine. Snowshoe trekking is a hugely popular activity here and takes you on some wonderful adventures through the mountains. It is also a must for budding photographers since the gentle pace allows you to admire and photograph the landscape and indeed your family as they enjoy the winter wonderland. Or if you are looking for something a little faster paced, snowmobiling might be the activity of choice for your family! The minimum age for this is 8 years old where two young children sit behind the guide on their snowmobile. Night sledging is another adrenaline filled activity for 8 years and above. Setting off from the top off the Plenty run after nightfall, you will use your head torch to follow the guide on an exciting ride down the mountain. We love this activity and you are in control of your own sledge meaning that you can make it is fast or moderately paced as you choose. You will see paragliding everywhere you look in Morzine and even this can be enjoyed from the age of 8 years old. Attached to the pilot you will soar above the mountains and ski slopes taking in spectacular views right across to Mont Blanc. Whilst many expect this to be a scary experience, it is actually very relaxing and a beautiful way to see the area. For the younger children nothing beats the excitement of husky sledging! The whole family can learn about mushing and see how the huskies are traditionally used to pull sleighs. If that sounds a bit too exciting perhaps a horse drawn sleigh ride will suit your family. Either in Morzine or up on the snowy slopes of Avoriaz, horse drawn sleigh rides are a huge hit with kids. In the centre of town there is an outdoor ice rink as well as a lovely carousel for children to enjoy. The outdoor bar area of Coup de Cour is the perfect place to sit for a drink whilst watching the family on the skating rink.
Every Tuesday evening the ESF instructors descend the Pleney home run in a torch lit precession followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Watching the fireworks is a lovely way to start an evening for children and the torch lit procession really is fantastic. You can take it all in from the town square or any of the surrounding bars and restaurants with a vin chad in hand. If you are staying at our properties Apartment Deux Chevaux, Chalet Bobb, Chalet 46˚or Chalet Aubois you will be able to watch from the comfort of your home. If you want to plan something truly memorable for your family how about dinner in an igloo? Using snowshoes you will be guided on an evening walk trough the forests for around 30 minutes until you reach an isolated igloo where you will be treated to a traditional cheese fondue meal. A similar option is to take a night sledge tour to a secret Teepee in the woods where you will be served a traditional Savoyard meal and plenty of mulled wine whilst sitting around a roaring fire. A firm favourite for evening entertainment is to catch one of the ice hockey matches. The Morzine – Avoriaz team are currently top of the league and this sport is taken very seriously with a jam packed crowd at each match. The atmosphere is electric with a huge local following and masses of tourists spectating too. Tickets are available at the door or we can arrange to buy them in advance for you. With drinks and snacks available this is a brilliant night out for everyone. Restaurants are very family friendly in Morzine and you can expect to find children’s menus and high chairs in almost every restaurant. They are also very happy for babies to be brought in prams so that you can enjoy an evening meal whilst your baby sleeps.
Not all children will be able to ski or want to ski every day. Morzine has excellent options for childcare both during the day and in the evening. We speak to our guests to work out what style of childcare will suit them best. Private nannies such as Charlotte Clay can come to your accommodation to look after children and take them out to play. Most private nannies ensure that children get plenty of fresh air by taking them sledging, to the park or on walks and use arts and crafts to keep them entertained indoors. The local creche is an excellent choice for parents wanting to drop their children off in the morning and allow them to be somewhere they can play with other children for the day. Likewise, there are several private daycare companies such as Cheeky Monkeys and Jack Frost‘s who can take care of children during the day and also offer babysitting services in the evenings.