Toddlers and infants under 2
With a certain amount of planning and realistic expectations, babies and toddlers are inexpensive to take on holiday! Until their second birthday they fly for nothing on a parent’s lap (and more often than not can be given a proper seat, except during take-off and landing), and their YSE holiday costs a mere £125 (please see below for full details).
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. Please ensure that you read the chalet descriptions very carefully. 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). Some of the nanny agencies can provide these when you book one of their nannies. 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 be in seventh Heaven...
You must come out with proper sunglasses or goggles for your baby and a very warm hat and gloves are essential. Some factor 50 sun cream (even in December and January) needs to be put on every day.
Infants and toddlers (under 2) £125: which includes the following:
- Travel on our YSE flight, sitting on an adult's lap (where possible we will try and leave a seat empty next to the adult)
- Coach seat
- Travel cot and quilt
- Baby food –
fresh food (puréed for infants), which we can discuss with you in advance
- High chair
- Baby/toddler cups, plates, bowls and cutlery
- Electric sterliser
- Stair gate (only available in certain chalets; must be booked in advance)
- If you want to eat out on any evening other than the staff night off, your chalet staff will babysit until 10pm free of charge
We also provide:
- Infant formula
We can buy in Hipp Organic formula (Stages 1, 2, 3 or Follow On), Hipp Organic jars and other French brands of formula such as
BabyBio (also organic), and Nidal (made by Nestlé). Sadly
SMA and Milupa Aptamil are not available so if your baby likes these,
please bring this with you. Please contact us to discuss which brand and the quantities you
would like us to buy and we can give you a price payable in the UK. If you need to buy more formula or jars
when in Val d'Isère your chalet staff will be able to organise this for
- Nappy packs at £30 each
To include Pampers nappies (please specify size), nappy sacks and wipes. We will buy a supply in advance and can buy more during the week if required. Please bring out your normal nappy rash cream as these are neither easily available nor cheap in France!
- Jars and/or pouches for babies
The £125 we charge for babies and toddlers includes freshly prepared food (puréed for those not yet eating solids). However, if you would like us to buy jars or pouches for your baby please let us know. There will be a charge for this.