There’s a reason Les Menuires has won the accolade of Best Family resort several years in a row. Award winning ski schools and a host of family friendly activities mean there’s something to do for all the family. Here’s our pick of the best.
Les Bruyères: This aqua fun and wellness center boasts a 3500m2 area dedicated to wellbeing and fitness. As well as a huge paddling pool with water games for kids, there’s fun for adults too, with balneotherapy baths with whirlpool jets, jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas and free herbal teas. There are also water massage tables if you need to de-stress after a day on the mountains. Tel. +33 (0)4 79 00 68 98
Speed Mountain: This 1000 meter long toboggan run on rails is brilliant for children and adults alike. Open all year round, it costs from as little as 7euros per ride. The run has ten bounty challenges and the aim is to beat Bounty’s record. The ride is suitable for children age 5 upwards. http://en.lesmenuires.com/tourism/!/fiche/speed-mountain-386989
Mountain Biking on Snow: Enjoy 450 meters of vertical drop via the Roc des 3 Marches gondola lift. An awesome adrenalin hit you’ll be taught by a qualified instructor how to help control your speed, tackle turns and conquer the slopes. For hesitant riders, don’t worry, you’ll be kitted out with a back protector, shin guards and a helmet. Tel. +33 (0)4 79 00 62 75
Dog sledding: Join Danny and his dogs for a dog sledge ride on the Doron path for as little as 39euros. The half hour ride takes you through the snowy forest and the river, so you can enjoy the amazing views. Barrage de Saint Marcel, 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. Tel: 04 79 00 20 00.
The BK Fun Zone has two boarder crosses – one blue and one red – as well as bump and rail zones where you can hone your freelance riding skills. You can find the BK Zone on the Becca sector, which is accessible via the Becca chairlift. Open from December to March, depending on snow conditions. Secteur de la Becca 73440 Les Menuires. Tel: 04 79 00 62 75
Scoot Evasion: Fancy a nighttime skidoo ride? Then explore the resort of Les Menuires once the pistes are closed on your very own skidoo. Guided tours start from 100euros for a one-hour ride. Open between 5.45pm and 9pm. To book head to the Brasserie de l’Oisan, Croisette from 11am to 1pm to 4.30pm to 8.30pm. La Croisette 73440 Les Menuires Tel: 04 79 08 56 75 www.scootevasion.com
Ski School: The ESF ski school has 200 instructors to help your little ones learn to ski or board. There’s even the chance to learn new skills with guides trained in off piste touring, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. All instructors are trained in pedagogy (practice of safe teaching) and create a positive and relaxing environment for your kids to learn in. Ski guides are also available if you want to discover the area. Children age 3 upwards can attend Club Piou Piou where they’ll take part in snow games and activities. Age 6 upwards, the instructors will take your little ones to explore the resort. If your children are too small to enjoy the skiing, then there’s a day care centre with dedicated staff so you can still enjoy the slopes.