Alternative family winter vacation in Chamonix, France
If you’re looking for a memorable family ski trip in France, you just found it. This family winter vacation in the Chamonix Valley has pretty much got it all.
Family skiing in Chamonix Valley Ski-in, ski-out All-inclusive of meals, plus full Chamonix lift pass Half-price equipment hire on-site Sociable dorm accommodation ideal for families Yoga sessions and dance studio Fab children’s activities including circus skills Family-friendly disco, games room and chill out room Easy ski train connections Morning lessons with ESF available Hot chocolate every afternoon
£835 excluding flights
Description of Alternative family winter vacation in Chamonix, France
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This is much more than a ski vacation so if there is no snow we could hike, dance, do yoga, circus skills, ask our amazing guests to facilitate conscious raising workshops, do crafts, etc.. It has never happened though, it almost did when we ran this trip over New Year.. which is why we moved it to Feb Half Term!
We only run our trips in places that are easily accessible by train from the UK. We recommend snow carbon, Loco2 and Trainline.eu and advise on setting up an alert with Loco2 as bookings only open 3 to 4 months before the trips. In the winter we offer free local travel passes to everyone. We are also encouraging our winter guests to try activities that do not involve any carbon emissions such as ski de font and ski touring.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
We have always been about enabling folks to connect with their source. The cornerstone of every trip is connecting with oneself, with community and with nature.
Our alternative winter sports vacation is wheelchair accessible. The owner of the Outdoor Centre we stay in is a paraplegic athlete and will support us in arranging ski lessons. We have one room on the ground floor that specifically caters for wheelchair users. All the facilities are on the ground floor or accessible by road/ramp.
Blind/ limited vision:
Blind guests and those of limited vision are welcome on our ski vacation. Our vacations are Family Vacations, and the support of the family would be required however.
Deaf guests and those with limited hearing are welcome on our ski vacation. Our vacations are Family Vacations, and the support of the family would be required however.
There are a lot of guests on our Ski and yoga and I would not recommend it for anyone who requires a lot of very tranquil space as it might be a bit overwhelming. We can however custom design summer or winter vacations in the Alps that do offer a great deal of tranquility and space to be so please talk to us.
'Free from' food:
All of our trips are catered and we will ensure that all dietary requirements are catered for.
Some of our hosts are LGBT families themselves and LGBT families are more than welcome on our trips.
7 Reviews of Alternative family winter vacation in Chamonix, France
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020 by Rebecca LongFabulous vacation for a family of novice skiers! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Liz ThompsonBrilliant, voted as the best ski vacation we have ever had by the whole family. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2019 by Gemma CarrWonderful skiing and meeting all the other families. The yoga in the mornings and evenings really helped the muscles after skiing. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by Britta BaymanSuch an unusual and great blend of yoga in the morning as the sun came up and fun circus skills, provided by fun, caring people. The community feel that the team creates is very special. Nothing is too much trouble. Our kids aged 10 and 12 had a ball and enjoyed mingling with the 35+ other kids form the UK. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by Holly WhittleFabulous!...We loved the location of Skiroc next to the beginners slopes and a short ride on the local train to a bigger area. Lovely people, ample and wholesome food and just a great weeks skiing. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Feb 2016 by Lorraine YearronA fantastic vacation. The kids had a blast with all the other children and after-ski activities leaving the adults free to relax and chat in front of the fire. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by Patience Scott-BrownWe all had a super time and really hope to be back next year! Read full review
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PlanetOur company has sustainable travel at its heart. We were one of the first companies to offer sustainable vacations in the Alps.
On this trip we are staying in a green Outdoor Centre. This concept of 'Centre De Vacances Verte' is little known outside of France. 'Green Vacation Centres' offer French schools and adults access to and an appreciation of the Great Outdoors. They offer Nature Discovery weeks and try to give people new Outdoor experiences. Our Outdoor Centre is run by the head of the Valley's UIAGM Mountain Guides.
New Year is a busy time in the Alps, but we try to minimise our impact by staying in a simple Outdoor Centre that is very aware of its carbon footprint, that sources much of its food locally, that recycles and is generally very aware of having the least possible impact on nature.
We often have guests who are strong ecological activists and work in areas of sustainability. We do not ski where there are artificial snow cannons. We moved our trip from New Year to Feb Half Term so that the snow conditions are more reliable and have never had no snow, but it is a possibility and if it it did happen, we would organise hiking and biking and other activities and tours for our guests. One of our favourite tours which is included in the price, is to take folks up to the Monenver Railway to see how far the Glaciers recede every year. It is amazing to see and makes you really think about your impact!
We encourage our guests to travel to the Alps in the most sustainable way possible and selected an Outdoor Centre with easy train access right to the door from London! We also give everyone a free train pass on arrival so they do not need to use their car when they are in the mountains.
We do not see carbon off setting as a valid excuse to burn Co2.
La Source offers a generous monthly donation to Tree Sisters who plant and manages some of the most impactful rainforest projects around the world.
PeopleWell this trip is entirely supported by locals, from our accommodation to our chefs, to the ski instructors and guides. This small community who we have got to know well over the 10 years we have visited this valley, love us bringing them our lovely guests and welcome us with open arms. They appreciate our philosophy of working as much as possible in harmony with nature.
Next door to the Outdoor Centre is a lovely and very lively pub and restaurant which has been owned by the same family for 5 generations. The sisters who run it are hilarious and it is much like a French Faulty Towers. We are based in a tiny little hamlet, but it gets a lot of action as just behind it is a very famous ski tour and the guides and their clients all stop off in the bar after their long day in the mountains.
We will work with the lovely local ski school and hire our equipment locally. The Outdoor Centre will provide us with meals and we encourage them to source as much as possible locally and organically.
We partner with Respect the Mountain a charity that promotes conscious travel in the mountains. We ask and expect our guests to act with deep Respect not only for the environment but for the local community, and for our own community. We draw our community from alternative schools around Europe - schools that promote environmental awareness and an appreciation of nature and the seasons, and of course Responsible Travel.