Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France

If you’re looking for a memorable family ski trip in France, you just found it. This family winter holiday in the Chamonix Valley has pretty much got it all.
Family skiing in Chamonix Valley Ski-in, ski-out All-inclusive of meals, plus full Chamonix lift pass Half-price equipment hire on-site Sociable dorm accommodation ideal for families Yoga sessions and dance studio Fab children’s activities including circus skills Family-friendly disco, games room and chill out room Easy ski train connections Morning lessons with ESF available Hot chocolate every afternoon
Price
£835To£845 excluding flights
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Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
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Babies: £175.
3-6 year olds: £530 7-11 year olds: £675 12 years and over: £835.
Inclusive of all meals, tea and cakes, Chamonix Unlimited lift pass, accommodation, yoga, circus, and kids and adults trips & activities.
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Description of Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France

Imagine a Family Ski Festival, a community of up to 24 lovely families staying in a charmingly rustic ski-in, ski out outdoor centre situated in a quiet hamlet in the Chamonix Valley.


This trip is very much about community. The children, and adults, make best of friends. There is always someone you can ski, snowboard, or make igloos with! There are daily Yoga and Circus classes.

This is the lowest budget, best value Ski In-Ski Out fully catered Easter ski trip possible. It is all inclusive right down to all your meals, lift passes, local travel. Tempting, no?

Ski hire, if you need it, is less than half price at £45pp! You just have to get to the Alps, ideally by train but if you want to drive it is approx. £400 by car return from the UK via the Eurotunnel.


Each family has their own en suite dormitory room. Daily yoga sessions, children's activities, cinema and circus skills classes are all included. Trips to the Glacier and Ice Cave, and up the highest cable car in Europe are also included. In fact, a ski lift pass covering the whole of the Chamonix Ski Area as well as the Grand Montet and Aiguille du Midi (worth up to €250) is INCLUDED!

On the doorstep is a ski-in/ ski-out area perfect for younger children, beginners and intermediates. The whole of the Chamonix valley is a short free train ride away and the train station is an eight-minute walk.

Trains depart every hour, or you can ski to the Vallorcine Telecabine in 15 minutes. There are rarely queues. The skiing at Vallorcine/ La Blame is fabulous, and very extensive.

Ski or snowboard hire is from the Outdoor Centre and includes quality gear and helmets. Snow shoes and cross country ski equipment is also available.
Ski lessons with the local ESF are daily from 9.30-Midday. We have hosts who will scoop up all the children and bring them back to the Outdoor Centre for picnics, crafts and games giving parents an extra few hours of skiing.

The Outdoor Centre has a communal dining area and lounge with an open fire. There is a yoga studio and dance room, as well as a games room with table football, pool and ping pong, and a chill-out room.

Our Circus teachers are great fun and are highly experienced professionals who run a full-time Circus Company. There is also a wonderful family friendly disco with guaranteed embarrassing parent dancing.

Great friends are made on this trip – kids and adults alike. Over half the families come back year after year.

Kids’ ages range from 0 to 18 on this trip, although we recommend it most for children from 6 to 16. There are many single parent families and a big mix of complete beginners and expert skiers all of who are very well catered for on this trip.

Please note: this trip only runs Saturday to Saturday over the UK February Half Term.

Price information

£835To£845 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Babies: £175.
3-6 year olds: £530 7-11 year olds: £675 12 years and over: £835.
Inclusive of all meals, tea and cakes, Chamonix Unlimited lift pass, accommodation, yoga, circus, and kids and adults trips & activities.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

No snow?
This is much more than a ski holiday so if there is no snow we could hike, dance, do yoga, circus skills, ask our amazing guests to facilitate conscious raising workshops, do crafts, etc.. It has never happened though, it almost did when we ran this trip over New Year.. which is why we moved it to Feb Half Term!
Low carbon:
We only run our trips in places that are easily accessible by train from the UK. We recommend snow carbon, Loco2 and Trainline.eu and advise on setting up an alert with Loco2 as bookings only open 3 to 4 months before the trips. In the winter we offer free local travel passes to everyone. We are also encouraging our winter guests to try activities that do not involve any carbon emissions such as ski de font and ski touring.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Accessibility

Overview:
We have always been about enabling folks to connect with their source. The cornerstone of every trip is connecting with oneself, with community and with nature.
Wheelchair:
Our alternative winter sports holiday is wheelchair accessible. The owner of the Outdoor Centre we stay in is a paraplegic athlete and will support us in arranging ski lessons. We have one room on the ground floor that specifically caters for wheelchair users. All the facilities are on the ground floor or accessible by road/ramp.
Blind/ limited vision:
Blind guests and those of limited vision are welcome on our ski holiday. Our holidays are Family Holidays, and the support of the family would be required however.
Deaf/limited hearing:
Deaf guests and those with limited hearing are welcome on our ski holiday. Our holidays are Family Holidays, and the support of the family would be required however.
Cognitive conditions:
There are a lot of guests on our Ski and yoga and I would not recommend it for anyone who requires a lot of very tranquil space as it might be a bit overwhelming. We can however custom design summer or winter holidays in the Alps that do offer a great deal of tranquility and space to be so please talk to us.
'Free from' food:
All of our trips are catered and we will ensure that all dietary requirements are catered for.
LGBT:
Some of our hosts are LGBT families themselves and LGBT families are more than welcome on our trips.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020 by

Fabulous holiday for a family of novice skiers! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by

Brilliant, voted as the best ski holiday we have ever had by the whole family. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2019 by

Wonderful skiing and meeting all the other families. The yoga in the mornings and evenings really helped the muscles after skiing. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by

Such an unusual and great blend of yoga in the morning as the sun came up and fun circus skills, provided by fun, caring people. The community feel that the team creates is very special. Nothing is too much trouble. Our kids aged 10 and 12 had a ball and enjoyed mingling with the 35+ other kids form the UK. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

Fabulous!...We loved the location of Skiroc next to the beginners slopes and a short ride on the local train to a bigger area. Lovely people, ample and wholesome food and just a great weeks skiing. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2016 by

A fantastic holiday. The kids had a blast with all the other children and after-ski activities leaving the adults free to relax and chat in front of the fire. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

We all had a super time and really hope to be back next year! Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Our company has sustainable travel at its heart. We were one of the first companies to offer sustainable holidays in the Alps.

On this trip we are staying in a green Outdoor Centre. This concept of 'Centre De Vacances Verte' is little known outside of France. 'Green Vacation Centres' offer French schools and adults access to and an appreciation of the Great Outdoors. They offer Nature Discovery weeks and try to give people new Outdoor experiences. Our Outdoor Centre is run by the head of the Valley's UIAGM Mountain Guides.

New Year is a busy time in the Alps, but we try to minimise our impact by staying in a simple Outdoor Centre that is very aware of its carbon footprint, that sources much of its food locally, that recycles and is generally very aware of having the least possible impact on nature.

We often have guests who are strong ecological activists and work in areas of sustainability. We do not ski where there are artificial snow cannons. We moved our trip from New Year to Feb Half Term so that the snow conditions are more reliable and have never had no snow, but it is a possibility and if it it did happen, we would organise hiking and biking and other activities and tours for our guests. One of our favourite tours which is included in the price, is to take folks up to the Monenver Railway to see how far the Glaciers recede every year. It is amazing to see and makes you really think about your impact!

We encourage our guests to travel to the Alps in the most sustainable way possible and selected an Outdoor Centre with easy train access right to the door from London! We also give everyone a free train pass on arrival so they do not need to use their car when they are in the mountains.

We do not see carbon off setting as a valid excuse to burn Co2.

La Source offers a generous monthly donation to Tree Sisters who plant and manages some of the most impactful rainforest projects around the world.

People

Well this trip is entirely supported by locals, from our accommodation to our chefs, to the ski instructors and guides. This small community who we have got to know well over the 10 years we have visited this valley, love us bringing them our lovely guests and welcome us with open arms. They appreciate our philosophy of working as much as possible in harmony with nature.

Next door to the Outdoor Centre is a lovely and very lively pub and restaurant which has been owned by the same family for 5 generations. The sisters who run it are hilarious and it is much like a French Faulty Towers. We are based in a tiny little hamlet, but it gets a lot of action as just behind it is a very famous ski tour and the guides and their clients all stop off in the bar after their long day in the mountains.

We will work with the lovely local ski school and hire our equipment locally. The Outdoor Centre will provide us with meals and we encourage them to source as much as possible locally and organically.

We partner with Respect the Mountain a charity that promotes conscious travel in the mountains. We ask and expect our guests to act with deep Respect not only for the environment but for the local community, and for our own community. We draw our community from alternative schools around Europe - schools that promote environmental awareness and an appreciation of nature and the seasons, and of course Responsible Travel.

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