As soon as we hear that it’s snowing in the mountains, we start to feel a rush of excitement (regardless of our age!) As the winter approaches, our Famille Plus resorts have plenty of surprises in store to keep the whole family happy. Whether independent or supervised activities, indoors or outdoors, the mountains abound with creativity when it comes to having fun.
Discover our selection of family-friendly activities to enjoy this winter in our resorts!
Olympic pool - Peyragudes (Pyrénées)
©Nathan Birrien / Peyragudes
The Balnéa thermal spa complex now features an Olympic pool with an indoor pool filled with naturally warm thermal spring water. Do a few lengths or join an aquagym class while your children have swimming lessons with a state qualified swimming instructor.
Younger children will love the fun water circuit with inflatables, helping them to learn to swim whilst having fun. The circuit was designed to introduce children to water, allowing them to progress at their own pace, in a stress-free, fun environment.
Important: Circuit reserved for 6 – 14-year-olds
Snow Dragon Boat - Grand Bornand (Haute-Savoie)
©M. Burleraux / Le Grand-Bornand
Initially meant for racing in the water, dragon boats are dugout canoes that are about 12 metres long, seating 20 rowers.
But it was time to wake the beast up from hibernation…. With the Snow Dragon Boat, the dragons can slide over the snow! 8 team members push the boat forwards by planting their poles in the snow, to cross the finish line before their opponents.
Sign up as a family or come and watch the teams go head-to-head during the Snow Dragon Boat Festival 2024 on 20 January in Le Grand Bornand.
Trophée en Trott' - La Bresse Hohneck (Hautes-Vosges)
©Green Mojo / La Bresse Hohneck
If you’re looking for a new family activity to do in the mountains, whilst making the most of the snow and the joys of snowsports, give the Trophée en Trott E-scooter on snow a try. This new activity combines snowsports with a ride through the resort’s snow-capped landscapes and is a fun experience to enjoy as a family.
Open every day during the Christmas and February school holidays in the resort of La Bresse Hohneck.
Important: Accessible from the age of 8.
Family activities - Méribel (Savoie)
A family activity leader welcomes parents and children to Méribel’s Maison de la Réserve exhibition room three days a week during the winter season. In the heart of the Tueda nature reserve you’ll learn more about the local fauna and flora as a family through a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities.
Contact Méribel’s tourist office to find out more about the upcoming events and activities.
Milou's donkeys - Le Dévoluy (Alpes du Sud)
©OT Le Dévoluy
Set off on a journey with Milou’s donkeys who will accompany you along your way, carrying your bags and keeping you company. This 2-hour themed activity is accessible to children of all ages.
Whether you want to discover the local area, embark on a journey to solve a puzzle, or take part in a photo rally, you’ll have a wonderful time as a family along Le Dévoluy’s trails with Milou’s donkeys.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides - Les 2 Alpes (Isère)
A winter sports holiday is also the opportunity to try out new and unusual activities that the whole family will enjoy. Discover the joys of a horse-drawn sleigh ride in an exceptional natural setting along the trails of Les 2 Alpes.
Set off for a 1-hour ride and admire the resort’s unique snow-capped landscapes. A coffee/hot chocolate stop will warm you up along the way.
Important: free for the under 3s.
Pushchair trails - Font Romeu ( Pyrénées)
The resort of Font Romeu has 3 pushchair-friendly forest trails (for all terrain or wide wheel pushchairs) so you can take a walk in the snow with your little ones:
- Farneils trail: 2 km round trip through the forest with a picnic area along the way.
- Prouteau path: 2.4 km round trip along a woodland path to the village of Bolquère Pyrénées 2000.
- The Museum Without Walls: 2.5 km round trip along a woodland path to discover works of art by local artists.
The resort is also home to a new pushchair-friendly gondola lift, Les Airelles!
Aquamotion Centre - Courchevel (Savoie)
To catch your breath between two ski sessions, or to keep everyone busy on days of heavy snow, Courchevel’s Aquamotion centre offers a wealth of indoor water-based activities for all ages.
Discover new water-based activities to exert yourself, stretch your limits, or just relax. Each member of the family will find an activity to keep them busy.
There are two new additions for this winter:
- Learn to swim: for children aged from 6 months to 12 years. Parent supervision may be required, depending on the age and confidence level of the child.
- Domin’o: a personalised programme designed for anyone who is not comfortable in water, to help them gain confidence and independence.
Crazy Park - Val d'Allos (Alpes du Sud)
©OT Val d'Allos
If you’re planning a holiday to the Southern Alps, don’t miss the Crazy Park in Val d’Allos. This fun area is the perfect place for kids, where they can discover the thrills of driving for the first time!
Aboard a quad or 4x4 kart, children can get a taste for excitement as they drive around a safe, snow-covered circuit in the heart of the resort.
Important: Accessible for 3- to 14-year-olds.
Snake Gliss - Super Besse (Auvergne)
Devour the slopes of Super-Besse as a family on a snake-like articulated toboggan descent! Sitting one behind the other on connected toboggans, head down the resort’s slopes as a family. Hold on tight and throw yourself into this fun and thrilling activity.
Important: Accessible from the age of 12.
Babysnow session - Villard de Lans Corrençon (Isère)
If you want to introduce your little ones to the joys of snow and share their first experiences as a family, head to Villards de Lans Corrençon and hire a babysnow! Equipped with a surfboard, handlebar and seat, the baby can sit comfortably whilst you steer the device with a handle.
On foot, skis or snowshoes, head off onto the slopes and trails to share your child’s first sliding experiences.
Important: Accessible for children aged from 11 months to 3 years. ESF instructor supervision also available.
Snowshoe hikes - Combloux (Haute-Savoie)
During the winter season, Combloux organises snowshoe hikes for children every Wednesday, so they can embark on a Junior Far North Experience. This mini-Nordic expedition immerses children in a magical environment in the heart of nature. With pulka sleighs and teepees, they will set off on snowshoes to explore the vast expanses of snow and enjoy a unique, supervised activity.
Important: Accessible from the age of 6.
Photo credit : ©Drubig photo