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Family Ski News | May 25, 2024

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Family-friendly French resorts

Are you baffled by the bewildering choice of French resorts?  Let’s face it, there are over 400 to consider…

A good starting point is to check out the 43 resorts which have been awarded the prestigious Famille Plus Montagne classification.  In these resorts, both kids and parents can enjoy a special welcome and top-notch facilities specifically geared to families, and activities that the whole family can enjoy together.   This is especially important if you are planning a trip with little ones, who are unlikely to want to ski all day long. 

Famille Plus Montagne is part of the Famille Plus label, the first and only national tourism label certifying facilities for families and children in the country’s tourist destinations.  Launched in 2006 and endorsed by the French Ministry of Tourism, it covers several resort types: countryside, coast, town and mountain. 

To obtain the prestigious Famille Plus seal of approval, resorts must pass rigorous assessments in six key areas:
-Welcome and information
-Resort events
-Discovering the environment and heritage
-Accommodation and restaurants
-Facilities, transport and safety

Here is an alphabetical list of the current recipients of the much-coveted Famille Plus Montagne label.  Each one offers a variety of entertainment to appeal to kids of all different ages; specialised professionals (at ski school, lifts, nurseries, etc) cable of looking after children to a high standard; and attractive rates for creches, lessons and lift passes (usually free for under 5s).  Most are in the Alps, but some are in the Pyrenees and the little-known ski destinations of the Auvergne:

Areches Beaufort    
Besse Super Besse      
La Bresse Hohneck     
La Clusaz               
La Rosiere                   
Le Corbier
Le Grand-Bornand
Le Mont Dore
Les 2 Alpes
Les Carroz d’Araches
Les Gets
Les Houches
Les Karellis
Les Menuires
Les Orres
Montchavin Les Coches
Orciéres 1850
Praz sur Arly
Puy St Vincent
Saint Lary Soulan
Sauze Supersauze
Serre Chevalier
Val d’Allos – La Foux
Val d’Allos le Seignus
Val d’Isère
Val Thorens
Villard de Lans/Correncon

Val Thorens

La Rosiere

Montchavin-Les Coches