If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to take the kids, why not head to the French Alps? For families, I can particularly recommend the beautiful ski destination of Flaine in the Haute Savoie region. This charming area has much more to offer than its various ski slopes, so if skiing isn’t your forte you’ll have no need to worry. Read on to find out what else you and the youngsters could get up to in Flaine.
Trying Out the Slopes
You don’t know until you try! Even if the whole family are skiing novices, you’re likely to regret it if you don’t give it a go. There are a number of ski schools to choose from, though bear in mind that most cater mainly to younger children. Here are some schools and instructor groups in the area you could contact if you’re looking for lessons:
- Ecole de Ski Internationale
- Ecole Ski Flaine
- Le Rabbit Club
- Le Club Piou Piou
If you don’t fancy skiing but still want to make the most of the snowy landscape, there are several other options for you and the children.
Ice Quad Biking
This is sure to give you an adrenaline rush! Book any day of the week to enjoy Flaine’s 700m-long track designed specifically for the biking experiences. Speed around the circuit and feel the chilly air on your face as you go – it’s completely thrilling, and the kids love it too. In the centre of the track you’ll find a hut selling snacks and refreshments, so this is a great way to spend an afternoon.
- The track is floodlit for evening sessions.
- La Ferme du Sartot is the nearest restaurant.
- There is an Ice Driving track next door if you fancy something slightly different.
This is definitely an activity you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, and will no doubt make it into the memory book. This immersive family experience run by Evasion Nordique is a fantastic way to learn something new together and get in touch with nature. With a standard dog-sledding package, you and the youngsters can enjoy learning the basics about driving a sled lead by three to four huskies while enjoying the stunning scenery along the route.
- Special evening sessions include dinner in a nearby mountain restaurant.
- Reservations are required with a minimum of 4 people.
This is said to be one of the most fun activities in the area, and I for one can vouch for it. Once the ski lifts rest for the night, you’re free to hurtle down the empty slopes on these powerful vehicles and feel the bite of the air as you rip through the snowy landscape. There really is nothing quite like it.
- You have to be over 18 to drive your own snowmobile, but children from the age of ten can be whisked around by an experienced driver.
- Sessions can be booked with Delta Evasion.
Fun off the Snow
You might be feeling a little chilly by now, but thankfully this resort has more to offer. Here are some of the top family-friendly activities off the pistes…
Flaine has a specious leisure complex offering a 25m swimming pool, children’s pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. However, if you want to stay near your accommodation, a lot of properties around the area have their own swimming pools. There are also several spa facilities in the area if you’re looking to indulge in some self-care.
Once the thrills of the resort have got the better of you, you’re likely to want a day of peace and quiet. The Culture Centre in Flaine Forum is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy something a little less action-packed than slope-based activities. Enjoy the art gallery, library and reading room – bask in the silence while it lasts!
Where to Stay
Résidence Pierre & Vacances La Forêt – The perfect family residence – this spacious apartment has all the facilities you could wish for. Decorated with modern furnishings with a unique elegant touch, you will feel truly relaxed in your minimalist surroundings.
Résidence Prestige Odalys Le Panoramic – These self-catering apartments lie just a short walk from the city and ski lifts. The rooms have all the necessary facilities, are decorated beautifully and have a light, airy feel. There is also an indoor pool and sauna at Résidence Prestige Odalys Le Panoramic.
How to Get There
If you’re travelling from the UK, you’re best flying into Geneva Airport. You’ll have no trouble choosing suitable flight times since there are approximately 182 scheduled flights each week. The journey usually takes around an hour and a half, and four airlines fly direct which is also handy!
After landing I would recommend getting a pre-booked shuttle transfer to your destination. The transfer to Flaine usually takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes – plenty of time for the little ones to have a power nap if they need it. A shuttle transfer will also mean no annoying queues at the airport, allowing you to get your holiday started almost immediately.
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