Posted on 12 February 2013
One group of people who can look forward to half-term skiing trips with the family without the stress of having to book suitable accommodation during one of the busiest weeks of the season are those who own a home in the Alps.
Travel arrangements are about all owners of ski property have to worry about when planning a family stay by the slopes, and if their home is in the Savoy region of the French Alps, driving can be an easy option, bringing with it even more flexibility.
“Owning a ski property really comes into its own during school holidays,” said Julian Walker of Skiingproperty.com. “However, buyers should note that not every resort is as family friendly as the next one, so choose where you buy carefully.”
In terms of terrain, the ideal family resort has plenty of nursery and beginner slopes but is also connected to a larger ski area with a good range of slopes for the adults. Look for resorts with a good ski school, ideally with English-speaking instructors, and take into account reaching the nursery slopes and ski school from any property you consider buying. If you have very young children, you may want to choose a resort with a crèche or two – not all resorts offer this. Remember to book places at these in good time before your trip.
Look for resorts that offer a choice of non-skiing activities for entertaining children – these could include sleigh rides, tobogganing and ice-skating, not to mention indoor activities such as Soft Play and swimming.
Resorts in the Savoy area of the French Alps that are especially family friendly are Flaine, which has excellent nursery slopes served by free lifts and access to a kid’s terrain park in Morillon, as well as Les Gets, which has an ice-rink at the heart of the resort and a beginners’ area conveniently close to the restaurants at the base of the main slopes.