Top Winter Activity Holiday Ideas for Families
If, like me, you enjoyed a spot of skiing BC (before children) you may well be looking forward to the day when you can take your little ones and hit the slopes. With a now 3-year-old and 6-year old, I definitely feel like that time is approaching. Of course, many parents take younger kids skiing, including babies and have a fantastic time, but clearly, some good childcare for younger children is needed if you want to zoom down the mountains or other alternatives found if someone doesn’t like skiing. Now, I have been researching winter activity holiday ideas for families, and wish I realised before all the other amazing activities that are available – meaning even the non-skiers can have a blast too and the whole family can enjoy some fun together. How does airboarding on next-generation sledges, snowbiking, dogsledding, playing archery tag, team snowball fights, exploring an Inuit camp with igloos and zooming on a snow mobile sound? Read on to discover where!
Pierre et Vacances, is one of the companies that provide winter activities for younger children, teens and adults. With their Make My Day offers for Avoriaz, Val Thorens and Arc 1950 in the French Alps, a new holiday adventure can be undertaken every day. Each resort provides different activities with different themes. Activities can be booked at your hotel reception.
Avoriaz Winter Activities
Avoriaz sits high on the cliffs above Morzine and was voted best family resort and snowiest resort in France in 2013. The town is completely pedestrianised and has picturesque horse-drawn carriages if you feel weary from walking. Younger children will enjoy the Lil’ stash and Kids parkway playgrounds for over 3’s and also Le Stash where parents and children can enjoy riding together. A popular attraction for families also includes the Children’s Village which welcomes 3-16 year olds for an introduction to skiing and other snow sports which are adapted to suit all ages. A unique attraction for those like me who like to warm up, is the Aquariaz water park where the water is kept at a balmy 30c! A lush, tropical park, with a lazy river, various pools, a water playhouse for little ones, a climbing wall and much more. Grown-ups are catered for too with the open-air spa.
The resort is suitable for all abilities and provides access to Switzerland. Avoriaz general activities include not only skiing ( including ESF ski school) snowboarding and spas at some hotels, but Pierre et Vacances also provide access to the ‘Make My Day’ Magic activities.
- Inuit Camp is possibly the one that is enticing me the most. Here you can experience a winter wonderland and explore igloos, go dogsledding with warm drinks. Perfect for families with kids of all ages.
- E-Fat Bike is an electric all terrain snow bike. Their wide tyres mean you can pedal them even over snow. However, their increased size and weight also make them harder to pedal. No, I had not heard of these either, but how much fun do they sound? Available for ages 15 and above.
- Archery Tag is similar to paintball but instead, a rubber bow and arrows are used to aim for the target. Suitable for kids aged 8 and above.
- Electric Snowmotos can be hired to zoom around the race course. Each session lasts 15 minutes and costs €20. Suitable for kids aged 5-12.
- Biathlon is a laser shooting game on the slopes. Available for those 12 and older.
Arc 1950 Winter Activities
Arc 1950 is part of the famous Les Arcs, and overlooks Mont-Blanc. The entire resort is 5 star and is the base for the ‘Intense activities’ from the Make My Day selection.
- Airboarding is the thrilling experience of body-boarding on real snow, where participants zoom down the slope on a specially designed air inflated board. Suitable for adventurous 6-year-olds and above.
- Snowball fight unlike any other. A team is organised in an arena strewn with obstacles. For ages 6 and above.
- Biathlon is a laser shooting games on the slopes. Available for those 12 and older.
Val Thorens Winter Activities
Val Thorens is a purpose-built resort in the Trois Vallees ski area, which also includes Courchevel, Meribel, and les Menuires. being the highest in Europe means that snow cover is guaranteed from November to May – making later holidays more affordable. There is a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, plus the terrain suits everyone from beginners to experts. It is also a base for the Make My Day Intense activities. These include:
- Dinner in a Yurt – older kids from 10 year old can join in with a unique dinner in an authentic yurt.
- Dynafit – older teens would enjoy this exciting night hike in snow shoes. Good to know: lasts for 2.5 hours on Wednesdays
- E-Fat Bike is an electric all-terrain snow bike. Their wide tyres mean you can pedal them even over snow. However, their increased size and weight also make them harder to pedal. No, I had not heard of these either, but how much fun do they sound? Available for ages 15 and above.
Have you been on a winter activity holiday before? What would you recommend?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Pierre et Vacances.