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Where to start - first family ski holiday 2018

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rubberducker Mon 27-Feb-17 23:05:30

We braving our first family ski holiday next year - looking to go either Feb half term or first week of Easter holidays.

It currently looks like it will be us with 3 DC (7, 5 and 1) and then 2 other families, both with 2 DC each (all DC between 7 and 4).

Ideally we'd like a catered chalet that we could take over for all of us without having to share with anyone else. We want a decent ski school for the kids and we'd also need childcare for the baby. We're not too fussed on where we go - priority really being on it being a child friendly/beginner friendly resort.

Having previously only been and stayed with family (SIL used to live in the 3 valleys) I don't really know where to start in terms of booking something. Who are the best companies to use? Can anyone recommend some good resorts? Will we find someone who can sort out chalet/childcare/ski school/equipment all in one hit?! We're getting together with the other families to discuss next weekend so I want to do some research and price up some options before then so any suggestions gratefully received! I was thinking of calling someone generic like igluski for advice/recommendations but not sure if that is the best route to take.

user1471548375 Mon 27-Feb-17 23:08:33

We usually book through crystal - always find them helpful

Nightmanagerfan Mon 27-Feb-17 23:11:48

Club med! They will look after your kids from getting ski boots on to games in the snow! Lots of choice of resorts. I'd recommend getting your older kids to a snow dome for a few lessons if you can, if only to get them used to putting the boots on etc

rubberducker Tue 28-Feb-17 07:44:15

Thanks both, I'll have a look - club Med sounds great!

We're really lucky as we live about 15 min from a snowdome so all of the children will be going for lessons before we go (as will I as it's been 8 years since I've been and I've only ever snowboarded so will need to learn to ski myself!)

KikiDeliversCakes Tue 28-Feb-17 07:52:58

Esprit - super kids orientated, or Total (who will cater for kids during the school holidays and especially if you fill a chalet). We've used Esprit since the kids were 3 years old, about 8 times in all. Excellent child care, even if the catering was a bit dodgy one year!

PatriciaHolm Tue 28-Feb-17 10:03:47

Try these guys - www.premiere-neige.com/

purpledebs Tue 28-Feb-17 20:53:05

I can recommend Premier Neige for excellent accommodation, service and childcare for under 5's. Also Venture Ski who have a bit more choice of accommodation. Both are based in Sainte Foy, very friendly smaller resort with plenty for beginners, nervous intermediates and decent off piste. Good skiers can head to several big resorts like Val D'Isere for an easy day trip.
British ski instructors are available and you may manage to get the kids in the same group.
If you want a bigger resort try Family Ski Company, Ski Familie or VIP.

welovepancakes Mon 15-May-17 09:20:43

Catered chalet sounds ideal. We had good holidays with
www.leski.com/

Crystal website is good

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