Family Fun

LES GETS is a great family ski area with a majority of blue and red runs. The area of Les Chavannes has a free beginner area ‘Les Mappys’ with a choice of four slopes accessible by magic carpet, rope tow and snow cable. Pedestrians are allowed on and around the slopes and infact families are encouraged to cheer and show support for the new skiers. Nearby is the children only ‘Le Grand Cry’ ski area with the theme of hunters and native American Indians featuring 2 slopes with raised bends and a series of bumps, wigwams and a picnic area. There is a refuge with face painting and weekly treasure hunts. From here, the blue run “Bluet” is a long gentle slope back to Les Gets village, perfect for families. The Mauve Piste, sponsored by Milka, doubles up as an educational introduction to the Alpine environment. Specific animal signs made out of natural materials help children to recognise different fauna and flora and entertainment is held here during the French school holidays. The Jardin des Neiges (Ski Nursery) is an area used by the Ecole de Ski Francais (ESF) specifically aimed at teaching under 5’s to ski within a safe area of smooth terrains and gentle slopes.

Ski joering is an activity for children to be harnessed to a pony and ski through groomed trails especially marked out for this activity. This can be done at the ‘Ranch du Lac’ by the ‘Gentiane’ slope 300m after the boardercross, For further information follow this link http://www.skijoering-lesgets.com/ There are six dedicated children friendly sledging areas which are well marked out on the ski map and safe places to sledge. Sledges can be hired from most ski hire shops for less than €5.

Various events and workshops are held throughout Winter, generally around the Office du Tourisme. The highlight being the Decent du Flambeau on Christmas eve where Santa is welcomed into the village on skis following all the ski instructors with real flame torches swooping down the slopes. There is face painting, ice sculpture workshops, and various themed weeks with performing arts to watch There is also an ice skating rink in the centre of Les Gets by the Office du Tourisme, suitable for all ages.

MORZINE has plenty to offer families. There are beginner area’s at the top of the Plenney and Nyon gondolas. Most ski schools in Morzine usually meet at the top of the Penney, and here the slopes are wide and tree lined with several cruisy blues to take you back to Morzine.  The Proclou area in Avoriaz can be reached via the Super Morzine, this is the largest and widest beginner area in the resort and is the home of the Avoriaz ski school.

From mid- Febraury until the end of the ski season, there are lots of activities for children of all ages such as face painting, children’s musical performance in the streets, circus tricks, puppet shows, and fireworks in the evening. Night sledging can be done on the Plenney at 5:30 each evening, accompanied by experienced mountain safety teams this is an organised tour down the slopes once the lifts have closed to the public and the last skiers have left the pistes. Headlamps and sledges are provided and this is a great activity for all the family. Sledge races are held each Friday from 5:30 till 6:30 during the French school holidays and are suitable for children aged six years and over.

The Piou Piou club run by ESF has a huge range of activities for toddlers both indoors and outdoors depending on the weather. Ski lessons are given by ESF instructors focusing on boosting coordination on special slopes. Reading hour for children is every Wednesday from 4pm in the library. There are 2 ice rinks, an indoor one at the Sports Hall and an outdoor rink opposite the Office du Tourisme, both open in the daytime and evening. The indoor ice rink also holds hockey matches, skating competitions, ice dancing and events.

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