We warmly welcome children to all of our Meribel ski chalets, we have cots, highchairs, children’s toys, children’s dvds, bumboards 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 chocolate, juices, 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.
Remember if you are booking a chalet for sole occupancy you have a couple of free places. If you don't have a family group to fill the whole chalet, you can book individual rooms whereby we offer a 50% discount for children (12yrs & under) and 30% discount (13yrs and over) in our family rooms in Foehn, Covie, Charmille and L'Erine. Plus if parents want to put an extra bed in their own room there is a 50% reduction. For your night off from the chalet we have family friendly restaurants and pizzeria on your doorstep in the village.
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 3yrs+. Meribel also have a great choice of British ski schools which cater for children, lessons start from 4yrs.
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.
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 centre and built for the winter Olympics in 92. 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 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