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Where to ski with 1 year old, good pool & non skiing activities

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goodname Wed 24-Mar-10 12:45:14

Hi next year we are going skiing with my family and I will have a 1 year old and my sister will have a 6 year old and 3 year old. we are taking our younger sister along as a nanny (that is her actual job) and would like somewhere with a decent pool, that is easy to get around and has plenty of self catering accomodation within easy reach of the slopes/town. We do like to ski big areas so preferably nothing too small. Chalet recommendations welcome also
Any ideas?

PictureThis Wed 24-Mar-10 12:53:29

A friend recommended a resort called 'Smuggler's Notch' in north america as it's apparently a purpose built family resort here

liath Sat 27-Mar-10 16:02:52

Val d'Isere has a very nice new pool/leisure complex and has a compact village centre with free buses. Not sure about self-catering chalets there though.

orienteerer Mon 29-Mar-10 19:14:19

St Anton, this is the public pool!

natation Sun 15-Aug-10 10:08:38

Use a French company like Odalys, MGM, Pierre et Vacances, La Grange, Val Cenis. They have loads of self-catering apartments with pools. Try avoiding those retsorts well known to the British as they are likely to be the more expensive ones with longer queues. If you skii like the French, your holiday will cost alot less.

natation Sun 15-Aug-10 10:09:18

Use a French company like Odalys, MGM, Pierre et Vacances, La Grange, Val Cenis. They have loads of self-catering apartments with pools. Try avoiding those retsorts well known to the British as they are likely to be the more expensive ones with longer queues. If you skii like the French, your holiday will cost alot less.

LIZS Sun 15-Aug-10 18:49:24

Saas Fee is traffic free (electric buses if you need a ride) with a great pool, a mountain specifically for sledding and walkers and an all year round rodelbahn (dry toboggan ride). If you google the tourist office there is a choice of self catering accommodation.

natation Mon 16-Aug-10 09:54:02

Hi again,

try using this website to find a suitable resort, you can search according to resorts labelled "famille plus montagne" which means there are child care facilities, activities outside skiing, children´s ski school etc, or you can search for particularly picturesque "village de charme" etc and even search according to facilities in resort such as an indoor pool. But many of the French apartment chains have their own indoor pools, it takes a bit of research to find a selection of resorts and accommodations which are suitable for all our needs.
www.skifrance.fr/

These are our criteria for skiing : ski-in/out, garderie, ski school and ski lifts near apartment, self-catering apartment with pool adjacent, northern Alps as we drive, cheap lift passes and ski school as we are a family of 6. Last year we found Les Hauts de Chavants in Les Houches. Les Houches ticks all your boxes except size, only 55km of pistes, but it is part of the greater Mont Blanc area, connected by free bus to Chamonix, Argentiere and Vallorcine and also Verbier and Courmayeur are covered on the Mont Blanc pass, but you have to travel to get there. We just stuck to Les Houches with the children. We booked with Peak Retreats as it was cheaper than booking directly with the French company whilc owns the apartments. I find their website really useful for guidance on resorts and accommodation.

[[http://www.peakretreats.co.uk/]`]

Perhaps St Gervais and Chamonix proper may interest you, both in the northern Alps, easy access from Geneve airport or even by train, loads to do for non skiers. In the Chamonix valley you can travel by bus and train for free if you are staying in the valley. There are magnificent cable cars / trains to viewpoints, eg Mont Blanc tramway which starts in St Gervais or Aiguille du Midi cable car, highest cable car in the Alps. On the valley floor, there is loads to do.

greygirl Fri 20-Aug-10 12:16:19

i have to suggest whistler - a long way but highly suitable!

maltesers Wed 10-Nov-10 09:53:16

Megeve is fab. . . .lovely child friendly hotels and there is one right opposite the main cable car lift with pool and self catering as well as hotel. Amazing pistes and enxtensive area. Beautiful old town in the French Alps. Also, its not swarming with Brits !!
One hour and a quarter from Geneva airport, so quick transfer.

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