With so much to consider, mull over and calculate, the benefits of early research for parents looking to take the children away to family-friendly resorts like Val d’Isere are endless. If you’re keen on a peak date such as half term, New Year, Easter or Christmas, demand is high whilst the children are out of school and early research and booking are important. It’s the best way to ensure you get what you want from the holiday, at the price you want.

Childcare is a primary consideration for many families, with mums and dads keen to make sure the kids are well looked after and entertained on and off the slopes in their absence. Val d’Isere meets this demand comprehensively, with a great range of chalet operators running in-house childcare programmes alongside a good number of external childcare companies.

Nursery places in resort-run crèches as well as those run by tour operators themselves are at a premium on peak dates and places go quickly to early bookers. Many tour operators on the market today have their own childcare add-ons which are available along with the normal flights, transfers, food and accommodation packages. Places on such in-house childcare programmes are limited and it’s a common frustration for families who leave it too late to find they have the right chalet with the right travel plan, and at the right price too... but not enough places remain available for the in-house childcare they want. 

A resort shot of Val d'Isere under bluebird skies.

Val d’Isere, a wonderfully family-friendly French ski resort.

The same can be said for ski schools too, especially over the busy peak dates. Val d’Isere’s range of ski schools matches or beats many resorts of similar size and stature elsewhere across the Alps and the options are many and varied, but peak dates mean demand rockets.

The priority for families with youngsters is convenience, and to get the right ski school service it’s worth looking into things nice and early. Location is key, and the priority for the vast majority of families is easy ski access. But with young learners in tow you also need to consider proximity to the ski schools too - dragging tired kids all the way back to the chalet at the end of a long day on the slopes is far from ideal!

Families with children have very specific requirements when it comes to the ski holiday, and resort choice is up there with the most important. Val d’Isere has an outstanding reputation for its suitability for families with children, and it’s a popular choice for such groups. A huge range of mixed terrain suitable for all levels, excellent ski school and childcare options, superb breadth of accommodation standards to meet a range of budgets and of course accommodation with travel plans to meet all requirements... the list goes on...

Booking a ski trip for the family is exciting for all concerned, especially the kids! So plan early, identify the properties which match your requirements and get the ball rolling. It’s well worth it in the long run.