Travelling anywhere with children can be challenging, and in a ski resort it can be doubly so with things like lift passes, equipment hire and ski lessons to arrange (never mind hats, gloves, snotty noses and the rest...!). Les 2 Alpes is a family-friendly resort that makes all these things as easy as possible.
Here's why we recommend Les 2 Alpes as a family destination.
Top 10 reasons to visit Les Deux Alpes as a family
1. The 'Famille Plus' scheme
The resort itself has worked hard to become a part of this officially recognised scheme, bestowed only on those resorts and destinations that go out of their way to cater to families and children. They provide activities, services, entertainment and prices throughout the resort favourable to those holidaying with kids in tow.
2. Ski area & lift passes
The pistes here are good for families as the layout means that you cannot end up in a different valley if you get lost, and with older kids it's easy to set boundaries and let them ski independently in an area. For small children and first-timers, there is a wide selection of beginner slopes spread along the length of the town at resort level. The easy slopes around Les Crêtes are ideal for families with two long green runs and a blue all leading back to the same spot. To make valuable savings make sure you take advantage of the family lift pass rates when you buy your passes.
3. Great ski schools
The ski schools in Les 2 Alpes are truly brilliant, there are several to choose from, with tuition available for three or four-year-olds and older.
4. Short transfer time
When travelling with children, short transfers to resort are a must. Les 2 Alpes has good transport links to the main airports - it's less than two hours from Grenoble airport and under three hours from Geneva.
5. Easy to get around resort
The town itself sits on a high plateau with only one road in, so there is no through traffic and the main street is flat with wide pavements, meaning that getting about with kids or a pushchair is not difficult. And the resort runs a free shuttle service, running on two routes (green and red) every 20 and 30 minutes respectively from 08:30 until 20:00 daily.
6. Child-friendly accommodation
Once here, the majority of the hotels and rental accommodation is close to the straight main street, so access with children, pushchairs, prams and luggage is easy. Plus for young children several hotels and holiday companies offer childcare packages, if you would like some time to ski or relax without the children. There are also private nannies and a resort-run crèche: the 'Bonhomme de Neige'.
7. Modern leisure facilities
Open all winter, the outdoor swimming pool and ice rink are included on your lift pass (skate hire is extra). Once a week the ice rink is taken over by ‘Ice Gliders’ - dodgems on ice - for one or two people.
8. Fun on the hill
The snowpark at the La Toura area is a great place for families. Don’t be put off by the big jumps, there are plenty of kid-friendly (and grown-up-friendly) features as well. The Family-Cross is a fun and easy skier-cross course to race your children down and there are some kid-sized jumps and boxes to have a go at on the way. A number of the ski lifts are open to pedestrians, so non-skiers can meet the skiers for lunch and beginners can see the views at the glacier without having to ski back down. And there are a couple of dedicated sledging slopes at the foot of the pistes where you can all play in the snow.
9. Family-friendly restaurants
The restaurants and bars here are generally very down-to-earth and child-friendly. Smithy's is good for children in the early evening. Most establishments have wifi so you can get online with iPads and games consoles if required.
10. Family activities
Les Deux Alpes is very family-friendly, and during school holidays the main square fills up with entertainment, from meeting Santa at Christmas to activity programmes at Easter. Other activities around the town include a mini-skidoo circuit for five to 10-year-olds (by the Lutins lift), horse-drawn sledge rides, husky sledding, ten-pin bowling below the Place de Venosc, a cinema (with some films shown in English ) and a games arcade.
With accommodation to suit all budgets, easy to navigate slopes, activities for all ages and a friendly, accessible town, there really is no better resort for a family ski holiday. So come visit us and see for yourselves.