we’ll arrange for someone to come to the chalet, measure you all up, and drop off your skis and pre-warmed boots the next morning
When it comes to travelling at Christmas, what you really want is the typical alpine scene – pretty chalet with a roaring log fire, fir trees in the distance, and of course, plenty of snow. Val d’Isère is the perfect resort for a family ski holiday, but you do need to book well in advance.
People often shy away from skiing with young children, thinking that there’s just too much fuss for it to feel relaxing, but that needn’t be the case. With Scott Dunn, your chalet and resort staff do everything possible to make the trip completely stress-free.
You’d fly straight into Geneva, then take the coach to Val d’Isère. This is nothing like the skiing coaches of old – it’s really comfortable and spacious, rarely more than 75 per cent full, and you’d be greeted with a large picnic and a welcoming glass of wine or beer for the parents.
Chalet Le Lièvre Blanc or Chalet Jupiter are ideal for families. They have large open living rooms and they’re a five-minute walk from town, though your Scott Dunn driver would be on hand from 8am to 8pm.
Instead of faffing around at the hire shop, someone will come to the chalet, measure you all up, and drop off your skis and pre-warmed boots the next morning. With plenty of blue and green runs, Val d’Isère is perfect for skiers of all ages and abilities – we’d suggest that the parents set off in the morning with the teens while the youngest child goes off to ski school, and then your nanny will reunite you all for lunch at the top of the mountain.
Val d’Isère offers plenty in terms of après-ski activities too – tackle the climbing wall at the sports center or enjoy a little healthy competition with go-karting on ice. You can take a husky ride through town, which is a lovely, peaceful thing to do together, or try a toboggan race. Your chalet hosts can pre-book anything before you arrive, so there’s no hassle with queuing or buying tickets.
Then, of course, it’s Christmas. Spend an afternoon dressing the tree together, and on the big day itself, enjoy a lazy morning knowing that a turkey with all the trimmings is already in the oven. You can send all your presents ahead, so that they’re there to unwrap on the day, and we can arrange a visit to see Father Christmas. Sit down to Christmas lunch with a selection of well-matched French wines, and for a spectacular finale to the holiday, you can even have your own personal fireworks display. It’s hard to think of a more magical setting to enjoy the festive celebrations.