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Pre-book your ski childcare with Peak Retreats

We have arranged several day care for children options with a number of ski schools (including Ecole du Ski Francais) that we have been working with, allowing you to relax and to ski extra hours in the knowledge that your little ones will be looked after by fully qualified professionals. The centres have English speaking childcare staff. This is to be arranged in advance through Peak Retreats.

Child care options include half days and full days with and without lunch. The childcare programme cares for children as young as 8 months in some resorts. The younger children will be look after in the dedicated nursery area and the older children, usually from 3 years, can start to try some skiing with ESF lessons.

All prices quoted are in £.

Please note that spaces are limited and get often fully booked months in advance for peak periods such as Christmas, New Year February half-term and Easter. It is best to call or send the ski extras form back as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  

You can also arrange childcare for the little ones in resort yourself direct. Some creches will look after children from 3 months. Each resort is different - we have details under 'childcare' tab in each resort.

Resorts with Ski Childcare (nursery) on offer to pre-book with Peak Retreats in £ (15/16 prices)

Les 2 Alpes

Pre-book full day lessons 9.15-12.00 + 14.30-17.00 with ESF in Les 2 Alpes for children 3-12 years and bolt on meal + lunch time supervision between 12.00-14.30 for £89 (6 days). Lessons are £208 for 6-12yrs and £213 for 3-5yrs.

Serre Chevalier (Chantemerle village)

Non skiers (8mths-6yrs): 6 x mornings + meals £178, 6 x afternoons + snacks £139,  6 x full days with meals £278
Skiers (3yrs-12yrs) - for children having lessons in the mornings: Meal + nursery in the afternoon 6 half-days £219. Morning lessons are £118.

Les Gets (Portes du Soleil)

Popular, well known resort with lots of amenities and within an hour from Geneva.

Ski + Nursery - flexible choices. Either nursery am and skiing pm (or vice-versa) or skiing all day. From 3-12yrs

6 half days with lunch: £216-227, without lunch: £125-136
6 full days with lunch: £298-316, without lunch: £207-225

Morzine (Portes du Soleil)

Popular, well known resort with lots of amenities and within an hour from Geneva and direct gondola link to Avoriaz.

Ski + Nursery - flexible choices. Either nursery am and skiing pm (or vice-versa) or skiing all day. From 3-14yrs

6 half days (AM or PM): £227-255, without lunch: £138-165
6 full days (nursery all day plus 1/2 day ski AM or PM: £273-319, without ski: £183-230
6 full days (nursery all day + ski AM & PM): £300-344, without lunch: £205-249

Montgenevre (Southern Alps)

Excellent snow conditions until late in season with a micro climate meaning lots of sunny, bluebird days.

Mini Club Nursery – NO skiing involved, just childcare. From 2.5 years – 5 years

6 Half Days (either mornings 09.00-12.00 OR afternoons 14.00-17.00) - £119
6 Full Days (from 09.00-17.00) - £254
Lunch not provided but possibility to warm it up

Ski + Nursery – ski in the mornings, nursery in the afternoon. From 3-5yrs

6 Full Days (09.00-17.00) - £256
Lunch not provided but possibility to warm it up

Vaujany (Oisans) 

Vaujany is a popular family resort with some great childcare facilities.

Ski + Nursery – ski in the mornings, nursery in the afternoons. From 4-11 yrs

6 Full Days (09.00-17.00) - £275

Ski + Lunch + Ski – 4 hrs skiing in total, in morning and afternoon. From 6-13 yrs

6 Full Days (09.15-16.45) - £360

La Rosiere (Tarentaise)

Friendly, south facing purpose built resort with lots of emphasis on family skiing.

Ski + Nursery - from 3-12yrs 

09.00-13.15 x 6 days with lunch - £230
09.00-13.15 x 6 days no lunch - £204
09.00-17.00 x 6 days with lunch - £298

Argentiere (Chamonix Valley)

Argentiere is part of the huge Chamonix Valley ski domain. Ski somewhere different everyday!

Ski + Nursery - from 4-12yrs

6 Half Days (either mornings from 09.15-14.00 or afternoons 12.00-16.30/17.00) - £185 (except 27/12-01/01 + 07/02-04/03 where £219 AM and £199 PM)
6 Full Days (from 09.15-16.30/17.00) - £241 (except 27/12-01/01 + 07/02-04/03 where £248)
Lunch provided and included

Chamonix (Chamonix Valley)

Ski + nursery - from 3-12yrs

6 half days (AM or PM) + nursery - £210 for 5-12yrs, £241 for 3-4yrs
6 full days (AM+PM) + nursery - £279 for 5-12yrs, £333 for 3-4yrs
Lunch included

Other resorts offer childcare options (for the younger ones wanting nursery), but unfortunately we cannot pre-book these.

Other information - Magnestick

Courchevel - 100% equipped with Magnestick BAR - Courchevel/La Tania/Méribel-Mottaret always on top of technology for skiers safety

Three years after the development of Magnestick®KID - special safety for kids transportation on chairlift - La Société des 3 Vallées (S3V) who operates Courchevel / La Tania/ Méribel-Mottaret resorts will be the first skiing area in the world with 100% of chairlifts equipped with the very new Magnestick®BAR. 

Magnestick®BAR is the universal safety bar locking system. This innovative system can be adapted on all brands and all types of chairlifts. It works with the same "magnestism" technology than Magnestick®KID. When the passenger pull down the safety bar, the bar lock automatically. It is then impossible to pull up the safety bar. It is automatically unlocked just before the arrival station. So no passenger can pull up the bar very far from the arrival and make other passengers uncomfortable. 

MAGNESTICK®: 2 components

permanant magnet fixed to the seat is activated for the whole ride up including when the child gets on.  A light (200g) back protector worn by the child includes a metallic plate. On arrival at the top, the magnet is automatically deactivated when the child gets off. The child can then get up from the seat normally. The risk of a child falling off before getting to the top is prevented as the magnet is only deactivated when the child puts their skis on the snow (even if someone lifts the restraining bar well before arrival). Children wear this protection throughout the day's skiing (not only when taking the chairlift). On their way down, this CE-approved back protector protects their backs if they fall or collide with someone else. This vest comes in a bright colour so that children can be seen on the slopes and to avoid collisions with other slope users.

Megève also has 2 chairlifts fitted with the Magnestick system, the "Petit Rochebrune" and the "Grands Champs", where two places in each row are equipped.