Spring skiing means longer days, good snow conditions and sunnier slopes. Lifts tend to be open longer, and many resorts offer special events or lift pass offers! Here are some of our ideas for family-friendly fun over the Easter break!
1. La Rosière
The tree-lined resort of La Rosiere lies in the Haute Tarentaise on the border with Italy. La Rosiere is a south facing resort so you will often be graced with sunny days, it enjoys access to an international ski area that provides great skiing for families.
Easter events in La Rosiere:
La Rosiere has many weekly family-friendly events to choose from such as snowman-making contests, family ice skating lessons, snowball fight sessions, and toasting marshmallows at the bottom of the slopes. See the La Rosiere Tourist Office website for more details.
Where to stay in La Rosiere?
4* Luxury Cimes Blanches:
Located in the Quartier des Euchererts close to the slopes, ski school meeting points, shops and restaurants. This residence has an indoor heated pool and spa facilities.
2. Sainte Foy
The resort of Sainte Foy is great for families but also provides some of the best off-piste terrain for intermediates and expert skiers. Located in the Tarentaise valley it shares the neighbourhood with well-known resorts such as Tignes and Val d’Isere.
Easter events in Sainte Foy:
La Piste des Etoiles is a fun-packed event for charity. Teams attempt 10 challenges such as a 'paret' relay and a piste race. Whether you're participating in the races or exploring the village, there's plenty to do! See the Sainte Foy Tourist Office website for more details.
Where to stay in Sainte Foy?
3* Superior Etoile des Cimes:
Central village location at the foot of the slopes, with indoor pool and aqua relaxation area.
This family orientated resort sits on the Italian border and provides excellent terrain for beginners and intermediates all within the ‘Milky Way’ ski area. From Montgenevre you can even ski into Italy, to resorts such as Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere.
Easter events in Montgenèvre:
The 'La 1000 Pattes' (millipede) ski race, one of the largest gatherings of young skiers in France, is run by the Montgenevre Ski Club every year. In 2017, the annual races will have been held for 30 years! More than 1,000 children (aged 5 to 10 years) participate in these family-fun races on the snow. For more details see the 'La 1000 Pattes' Facebook page.
Where to stay in Montgenèvre?
4* Hameau des Airelles:
Located at the foot of the Chalvet slopes, just 200m from the cable car. This residence has its own ski school desk, an outdoor heated pool and fitness facilities.
4. Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres
Newly developed Tignes 1800 has been a village for centuries but it's only recently become a French ski resort in the Tignes Val d'Isere ski area (formally Espace Killy). Tignes Les Brevieres is a quiet alternative to the other resorts in Tignes and boasts an excellent beginner’s area.
Easter events in Tignes:
Visit Tignes Le Lac or Tignes Val Claret for the 'Live in Tignes by Francofolies' event. A variety of musical acts on outdoor stages and its all free! See the Tignes Tourist Office website for more details, or watch this video from 2016's event.
Where to stay in Tignes?
4* Luxury Kalinda Village in Tignes 1800:
Located at the foot of the Boisses telecabine, these recently built apartments have on-site shops and eateries, an indoor pool and kid’s pool, plus spa and fitness facilities. Guests can ski back to the residence.
4* Luxury Santa Terra in Tignes Les Brevieres:
Ideal central location in a quiet area, 200m from the gondola. Facilities include an indoor heated pool and children's pool, private spa area, and on-site ski rental.
Châtel is a traditional, family orientated resort offering an ideal base for families looking to explore the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area. The village has a real authentic French/Swiss mixed feel to it as it lies in between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.
Easter events in Châtel:
There is a range of fun activities to take part in at Chatel whether you're with family or friends. Have a ride on a snake-glisse, join the dance floor on the slopes, or for under 6's, there's 'The Games Festival'! For more information or activities see the Chatel Tourist Office website.
Where to stay in Châtel?
4* Les Fermes de Châtel:
Recently built luxury residence ideally located directly in front of the slopes, adjacent to the Super-Chatel gondola. It's close to shops, restaurants and ski school meeting point.
With Easter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to pick up a great deal on a family ski holiday in the French Alps. Some resorts have special lift pass offers, and we have plenty of self-catered apartments to suit every budget and Easter ski offers in selected resorts and residences.