Family Information

If you are coming on holiday as a family, Morzine has plenty to offer children of all ages. There are weekly events organized by the Tourist Office which range from Torchlit Descent to clowning displays and face-painting (see the "Family" information on the Morzine website) Morzine has the advantages of a short transfer from Geneva (1 hr 15 min), a good choice of ski schools with children's courses, and several options for good quality childcare. Most of our accommodation is child-friendly and we have umpteen years' experience of accommodating families (please ask us when booking for cots, highchairs and child seats on transfers).

The town itself is easy to get around on foot and with baby buggies, as the roads and pavements are quickly cleared of snow, and there are several easy walks downstream and upstream from the town on specially laid out paths.

We have small children ourselves and we know that the mountains are a great environment for children; the combination of playing and learning in the fresh air is exhilarating for them, and tires them out so they sleep well at night!

  • Kids Guide - click to read a great guide to what's on in Morzine for little ones, in French and English.

Childcare for the little ones

For non-skiing toddlers and babies (ages 3 months – 6 yrs), many of our clients use the local crèche, L'Outa, as it is so convenient and reasonably priced. It was completely rebuilt as a state-of-the-art crèche in 2007 and is now an amazing facility. The crèche can be booked in advance and paid for by credit card – booking is advised, as places are limited especially in high season. Children can go just mornings, just afternoons or all day (lunch can be provided). Full week rate excl lunch in 2016 will be €289. A full price list and timings can be found on their website - follow this link:

If you would prefer one-to-one childcare during the daytime at your accommodation, it is possible to arrange for an English-speaking nanny to come to the chalet to look after your children, or to meet your children from creche / ski school and take care of them until you return.

These companies offer this service:

For evening babysitting, we can usually arrange this for you via our own au-pair, or other local freelancers.

Ski lessons for children

Club des Piou-Piou

The Club des Piou-Piou Ski Kindergarten takes children from age 3 – 14, on full day or half day sessions, including ski lessons. There is a wonderful big snow garden with little rope tow and travelator for little ones and lots of big Alpine animals to ski through! Chalet Rasera is ideally situated for use of the Club as it is less than 50m from the front door of the chalet. See Piou-Piou Club Lunch can be provided too. Prices for 2015-6 range from €186- €223 for 6 half days excluding lunch to €277-€336 for 6 full days excluding lunch (the higher rates apply to the French school holiday periods which run from 20/12/15 to 01/01/16  and from  07/02/16 to 04/03/16). Bookings must be made in advance via the ESF by POST ONLY by downloading the Booking Form at www.esf-morzine.com. We CAN however make bookings for the Club-des Piou-Piou on your behalf; just email us  with your requirements, and we'll check availability with our contacts at ESF and then confirm back to you. 

BASS Morzine

Of the ski schools in Morzine, BASS Morzine  runs "Mini-Beginner" beginner lessons for 4 year olds, during UK school holidays only, with a maximum of 4 children in the class, to enable children to have fun as well as learn the basic skills, for £275 for 4 x 2 hours. There's also a Junior Beginners course for 7 year olds+ for £225 for 5 x 2 hours and a "Green"course for children who have 8-10 hours experience. 

Ecole de Ski Internationale

The Ecole de Ski Internationale (E2SA) www.morzineski.fr/en offers "Flying Start" lessons for children aged from 4, in groups of maximum 6, starting at €190 per week and going up to €285 in the holiday period (12.5 hours). All group lessons run from Monday to Friday. For children who have already got some skiing experience, there are 6 other levels from Cristal to Competition, max 8 per class, from €180 - €265 for 12.5 hours tuition (max 8 per class). See the E2SA website for good tips for parents!

The Snow School

The Snow School www.the-snow-school.com run children's Mini Group Courses for ages 4 – 14, for €250 for 5 x 2 hours (Mon – Fri), 4 children per instructor. There is a separate group for 6 - 14 year olds, 4-6 children per instructor, for €218 per week, 5 x 2 hours, Mon-Fri. 

ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais)

French Ski School (ESF) runs 6-day English-speaking group courses for children of all levels from Sunday – Friday. Ages 4 – 14 cost €140 for 6 half days (15 hours outside of Feb holidays, 12 hours during Feb holidays). Children can also go in full day ski lessons for 6 days for €190, or start half-day or full-day lessons on a Monday and finish on a Saturday – the ESF is the only ski school in Morzine which offers this option. The ESF also offers a "package" for beginners or those who have done 1 or 2 weeks' lessons, for 6 x half day ski lessons plus Morzine-Les Gets ski pass for €213 per week, which represents a saving of €70 on the ski pass - we can arrange this for you.  

Avoriaz Alpine Ski School

For those preferring their children to have lessons in Avoriaz, Avoriaz Alpine Ski School (AASS) run group lessons for ages 5-6 if they have already done a week's lessons, or private lessons for 5-6 yr old beginners. Otherwise all children's group lessons are aimed at the 7 – 11 age group (max 8). €280 / 12.5 hrs www.avoriazalpineskischool.com

Freedom2ski

Freedom2ski www.freedom2ski.com have various levels group lessons in Avoriaz for age ranges 8 – 11, 11 – 14 and 14 – 18, which cost £229 for 15 hours

Avoriaz Village des Enfants

There is also the Avoriaz Village des Enfants, www.village-des-enfants.com, which offers a similar service to the Club des Piou-Piou in Morzine and takes children aged 3 - 16, but may be more convenient if you have younger children and you are wishing to have lessons in Avoriaz or meet up with other members of your group.