Toddlers and babies
Toddlers and babies are in many ways easier to take on a ski holiday than older children, and they are certainly a lot cheaper! Until their second birthday they fly for nothing in a parent’s lap (and more often than not can be given a proper seat, except for during take-off and landing), and their YSE holiday costs a mere £100 (please see below).
Looking after small children is always a huge responsibility, of course, whether one’s own or someone else's. Chalets, with their wooden staircases and stone fireplaces are frequently less child-friendly than one’s own home, and difficult to make entirely safe. So we think that full-time childcare is indispensable, whether from a parent, grandparent, au pair from home or nanny hired locally.
Small children probably won’t ski, even if dad is desperate for them to start preparing now for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though from about two and a half bolder children might do a bit of gentle practice on the nursery slopes. They will probably enjoy a little tobogganing, which is the perfect introduction to skiing. Basically, small children will have a ball if there is someone with them to build snowmen, play indoors, ride around on the buses (free for everyone) and cable cars (free for under 2s), etc. Val d’Isère’s skiing nursery, The Village des Enfants, looks after children from 18 months, and any number of nannies, most of them British, are available through several different nanny agencies.
Please see our Childcare page for a full list of childcare companies in Val d'Isère.
If you bring a buggy, it needs to have
big wheels to get across snow (pushchairs are carried free of charge on our flight). But children are better off indoors: a
walk with a buggy along the valley floor inevitably involves half with
the child facing into the blinding sun and half with it looking the
other way, normally north, into the wind. It is uncomfortable and
dangerous. The locals never expose small children for long to freezing
air or neat UV. Backpacks and papooses are great
until you slip on the ice. And if you were thinking of carrying them on
your back while you ski, DON’T! On the other hand, a nice warm chalet, a British nanny with arms full of toys and games, the occasional foray into the village or up the mountain, and your baby or toddler will think they’re in Heaven...
Please note the following:
Babies under 2: we charge a £100 administration fee which entitles
the baby to a coach seat but no plane seat (the baby
sits on an adult’s lap), and the use of a high chair, travel cot and
quilt in the chalet, but no proper bed, baby-sitting or food. This is reduced to £50 if the baby isn't taking either flights or transfers. If you would like the chalet cook to provide food - either normal food for a toddler or puréed food for a baby, we charge £30 per week. Please let our sales staff know if you would like food provided.
Children 2-12: £50 off per week in standard beds.