Skiing and snowboarding
These are the big draws of course! If the kids would like to learn to ski or snowboard, or you’d like to improve as a family, you’ll find all the info you need on our Ski Schools page
Ski areas and lift-served facilities for families
We are a short walk (which can be done on a quiet and pretty forest road) to the Flegere lift, which gives access to sunny south facing slopes. The Trappe chairlift is a great place for those just graduating from the learner slopes – two green runs with lovely views. There’s also a series of pleasant easy blues over to Brevent.
The Legends play space close to the mid-station has a lovely setting with fun snow slides for smaller kids and activities and barbecues in season. There’s a mini fun park too.
Other areas particularly good for families are Le Tour, with its long, wide blue runs and the gentler, tree-lined pistes of Les Houches, which also hosts the Les Houches Kid’s Contest in early March. Les Houches really works hard on family friendly activities including the Ho5 Ski Camp area for playing.
Chamonix ski passes and other tickets for families
Kids under 4 get their ski pass free, and there’s discount on all passes up to the age of 15. The Family pass is usually very good value. Don’t forget to bring proof of this e.g. passports. Ski pass details
Mont Blanc Family fun has great info on skiing for families in Chamonix, with an overview here.
Other winter activities
The Paradis Des Praz is a lovely place for younger children. Just a pleasant 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the chalet, the kids can toboggan on inflatable “snow-rafts” through the forest, whilst the adults enjoy a Vin Chaud. There are lovely walks weaving through the snowy trees all around here, and it’s close to the cross-country trails which are great for all the family to enjoy, just a few minutes away from the chalet.
In winter the golf course is open for walking on, and has a sloped area suitable for sledging. Also its excellent restaurant La Cabane, with a big terrace, is generally open throughout the day.
Sledging is fun to do at some of the learner slopes, at the Paradis Des Praz, at the sledging area near the cross country foyer. Very small children can sledge a little bit on the short gentle slope at the end of the lane by the river. We provide two wooden sledges for you to use, one with a handle and rails, to push very small children.
There’s a list of sledging areas on the Chamonix site here but a much better and more detailed overview from Mont Blanc Family Fun here.
You can take things up a little at the ‘Alpine Rollercoaster’ at Les Planards fun park
The Tree Adventures are always a hit – suggested for kids from 4-9, there’s a circuit of tree activities such as rope bridges. Kids are attached at all times by a harness, so it’s very safe. In winter, it’s done with snowshoes and they have an evening option with fondue.
The ice rink is open daily: Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday from 10am to 12noon, and then from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. There are often ice hockey matches in the evenings, too. More on local ice rinks from Mont Blanc Family Fun.
The swimming pool is always popular with its spiral waterslide. Entry to the pool and the ice rink is free for kids under five.
Evolution 2 can also organise snowshoeing, hot air balloon rides, or for an unforgettable treat, try a day’s husky sledging.
There are also lots of things to do in the Chamonix for Non-skiers section, with a full programme for a week here: Seven days in Chamonix for non-skiers.
For more detailed info and lots more ideas
Mont Blanc Family Fun is a really excellent site with loads of great ideas for families including an article about our immediate area – Bois de Bouchet. So much excellent information on this site for families!