While Chamonix France is deservedly renowed for adrenalin fueled skiing, what is not as well popularized is that the Chamonix Ski Resort is ideal for family groups or groups of friends vacationing together.  The ski regions here are so enormous, that there is more than enough terrain to cater for every level of ski ability so you will have the entire family happy as they can ski to their hearts contents on pistes that suit their abiily. Dad and the teenagers can head off on the Les Grands Montets while the girls may be very happy on wonderful red and blue runs on La Brevent which catches the sun while the little ones are on the nursery slopes at ski school.

Skiing is an ideal family travel option as you can choose to spend time and do things together and other times to do your own thing. Naturally, the children have to be old enough for you to be sure they know how to get on the right bus to get back to the ski lodge or chalet.

If the weather is poor for example in low cloud or windy blizzard days with poor visibility, head to family friendly Les Houches. The pistes here are cut into the forests and the tree lined runs make for much better definition.  The pistes here are lovely and ideal for afternoons skiing as a family.

Domaine de Balme at the head of the Chamonix valley at Le Tour is a truly wonderful open bowl where you can see from one end of the bowl to the other. The gentle gradient is perfect for those just starting out and this is a good option where you can keep an eye on the kids.

La Brevent as mentioned earlier is south facing and sun blessed all day. There is a green nursery slope here with nearby blue and red runs for those wanting to stretch their abilities.  The best part of Brevent is it is accessible from the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc. 

Here are a variety of interesting options that are fun as well if you feel like a having a non-ski day.

  • The crystal museum located close to the tourist office in the northern part of Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • A visit to the ice caves at Montenvers on the rack and pinion train
  • A ride up the Aiguille du Midi cable car for the absolutely amazing views across the Alps.
  • Ski Joeriing, visiting the St Bernard dogs - go to the Tourist office to make enquiries
  • A walk alongside the Nordic trails - it's just wonderful to see the local people relax and school children play and ski here on their home trails.
  • There are day excursions you could do as there's Annecy, the litte Venice of France which is only  1 and a half hours away - Market day in the Medieval city is very much worth a visit.
  • Montreux, in Switzerland is also known as the Riviera of Switzerland and it's just two hour drive away.
  • Catch the bus to Courmayeur to wander around the charming elegant village - it really is lovely.
  • The retail therapy in the best part of town around Rue du Docteur Paccard, is high end and you can spend hours browsing through Chanel and the beautiful clothing stores here.