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Children's Activities

We warmly welcome children to all of our Meribel ski chalets, we have cots, highchairs, children’s toys, children’s dvds, bumboards, sledges and can arrange babysitting if you want an evening out.

We provide an excellent choice at breakfast time & freshly prepared children’s teas, and can easily look after any ‘fussy’ eaters or ‘food fads’.
We can also make packed lunches, to make it more economical for the whole family.
Of course, the afternoon tea, hot drinks, juices, cordials, cake/cookies are always very popular. It is important to us that your family holiday is as relaxing as possible so we aim to make the chalets a homely and relaxed retreat.

We also have family friendly restaurants and pizzeria on your doorstep in the village, for when we are not catering.

Easy Access

All of our chalets are well placed for the lift, so access to the skiing with children is easy. We have a very friendly family run ski hire shop, very close to the chalets. The children can get fitted out in comfort in a relaxed atmosphere. Ski Higher have all the children’s equipment including helmets from 2/3yrs+. Meribel also have a great choice of British ski schools which cater for children, lessons start from 4yrs and the ESF provide ski lessons from 3yrs.

If you have ‘little ones’ who may only be skiing for a couple of hours per day or are between 0-3yrs and too young to attempt it, here are some suggestions:
For under 5’s, there is a free liftpass you can get your children. Children love the thrill of traveling up and down on the bubble, and from Les Allues you can take it up to Meribel centre. From Meribel centre take the free shuttle bus up to the Rond Point des Pistes. The Rond Point des Pistes is a great area for children as there is a gentle slope for bumboarding,sledging,mucking about in the snow, or building a snowman. There is also La Rond Pont restaurant, cafe and sundeck, where you can enjoy a vin chaud whilst the children run around safely and wear themselves out. There is also a free magic carpet, so they can get back up the slope easily.

Picturesque walks

Another great trip to do with the children, is to take them on the Rhodos bubble from La Chaudanne to the top. This brings you out at the beginner ski area of Meribel, but there is a very pretty walking trail which circumnavigates the piste. The walking path takes you through the Alpine forest and it is very picturesque. Its a great place for children to foridge, pick up pinecones, check out the animal tracks. You get to enjoy the stunning scenery and the youngsters will love the outdoor play and exploring. You can also pull a sledge through the forest with you. There is also some lovely sunny picnic spots with wooden benches on the side of the piste.

The following activities are also available to under 5 year olds


The Olympic centre has a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool and slide. There is also a children’s paddling pool, hot showers, and changing rooms. Free for under 5’s.


They have specially adapted lighter weight balls and mini shoes for 3/4yrs plus.


Located in the Olympic sports centre. They have specially adapted children’s skates so they can set off onto the ice. It’s chilly in there, so wrap up warm but there is a hot choccy machine! They also have cones the children can push along if they need extra stabilizing. Free for under 5’s.

Extra childcare required?

Do remember if you do need some childcare during your holiday there are private nannys available to come to your chalet. The excellent Piou Piou club 18m-5yrs run by the ESF, has an outside snowgarden and offers an introduction to skiing in a safe environement. Both these establishments are within 15 mins of all our Meribel ski chalets.

We warmly welcome children in all of our chalets. We can provide cots, highchairs, a selection of toys, bumboards and children’s DVDs & arrange babysitting. Meribel Les Allues is very well suited for families with it’s lovely village atmosphere and childcare facilities close to hand.
The following childcare options are available:

Private Nanny - to care for your children in the comfort of your chalet.

With 8 years experience working as a nanny in the French Alps, company founder Nicole decided it was about time Meribel had a superior, reliable and personal childcare service.
At Meribel nanny Services we pride ourselves on understanding exactly what you need to ensure you have a relaxed enjoyable holiday knowing your children are safe and happy having lots of fun.
From a full weeks booking to just a nights babysitting, you won’t regret booking a nanny through Meribel Nanny Services.

Tel: +44(0)7500 159 112 / +33 (0) 633 52 18 95

Email: [email protected]

Holiday Baby Hire: Anna Cosgrove a mum of 3 runs the following excellent service.
Holiday Baby Hire has all those items that you can’t bring with you, but that would make your holiday so much easier. We have a comprehensive range of high quality items available to rent for the duration of your stay. Everything is carefully cleaned and safety checked to make sure it is in perfect condition for you to use. We do not rent anything that we would not be happy to use ourselves. Holiday Baby Hire is a member of the Baby Equipment Hirers Association which sets minimum safety standards, ensuring maximum safety and comfort.

Tel: +33 (0) 633 30 05 77
Email: [email protected]

Merinannies: British private nannys & babysitting service. Their aim is to provide the best childcare for complete peace of mind and an unforgettable skiing holiday.
Email: [email protected]

Snowbugs: gives you absolute peace of mind, so you can enjoy your holiday in the snow, whilst your little ones are looked after in the comfort of your own chalet. For help in organising your ski nanny please contact Tayla-Elise Rogers.

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Tel: +44 (0) 7908 748 262 / +33 (0) 616 973 601
Email:[email protected]

Jelly & Icrecream

Jelly & Ice Cream - experts in childcare. Provide childcare in the form of private nannies and babysitters. Tel:+44 1483 338 601
Email Contact Tina Eliades:[email protected]

ESF website

Half Day and Full day Playgroup

Les Saturnins: Run by ESF (French ski school) and based at La Chaudanne in Meribel centre: 18 months – 3 years. Very easy to reach from all our chalets.

ESF Les Saturnins club for 18months to 5years

Half day and fully day kindergarten with introduction to skiing

Les Piou Piou: Kindergarten and snowgarden Run by ESF and based at La Chaudanne in Meribel centre: 3 – 5years. A gentle introduction to skiing for the littleones. Very accessible from all our chalets. Located just next door to Les Saturnins.

ESF Piou Piou.Club for 3 - 5yrs

Ski Schools who provide lessons from 4yrs.

The following British run ski schools provide 2 hours skiing daily for your 4 and 5 year olds:-
Oxygene Ski School: 4-5yrs


Parallel Lines Ski School: 4-5yrs

New Generation: 4-5 years

What our customers say

  • We were delighted with all aspects of our holiday in Chalet Les Sauges. Accommodation was first class and the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were superb. The food was of the highest quality and the variety and quality was maintained throughout the week. All credit to Jamie and Natalia.

    Claire Richardson, 21 April 2019, Chalet Les Sauges Meribel

  • Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful holiday! In particularly Ellie and Hamish, were, happy, relaxed, thoughtful and kind! The food was amazing.The chalet spotless and everything always ready. Great to chat to and made us feel so comfortable and at home. Just perfect in every way.

    Debbie Stewart 18 Feb 2019 Chalet Covie, Meribel

  • Lovely chalet and fantastic location – just a minute to the main lift . Wonderful area to ski – we have been to Meribel quite a few times now and it never disappoints. Food delicious and facilities very good.

    Jenny Sanders, 09 Mar 2019, Chalet L'Erine, Meribel

  • We all had an excellent time in Chalet Foehn. It was lovely; cosy, homely and providing everything we needed. The resort was great. This was my first visit to Meribel and I'm impressed with the number and variety of the runs available over the three valleys. We managed to ski everyday albeit not quite all day every day. Particularly; I'd like to thank Jesse and Fiona, our hosts. They both looked after us brilliantly. The food was delicious, the packed lunches just right and the cakes wonderful. I am still shocked how nice vegan brownies can be!

    Nick Leigh, 25 Mar 2019 Chalet Foehn, Meribel

  • I can safely say that all 3 families, had an absolutely fantastic holiday from the time we arrived at the chalet to when we left. From the great customer service, that Janey afforded us while organising the holiday, to the face to face contact with you all while there. We have to make a very special mention to TJ and Abby who made our stay extra special and who were fabulous chalet hosts. They make the perfect team, both friendly and professional, ensuring that each and every one of us was catered for…which is quite a task given we had quite a few dietary requirements! Their food was excellent….the children deciding to eat with us rather than eating a separate menu is testimony to that!

    Richard Thomson, 01 Mar 2019, La Vieille Scierie, Meribel

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