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How do you choose the best resort for your family ski holiday? Skiing with a family rather than skiing as a couple or with a group of friends makes a difference to the factors that really count. For example, convenience is always nice to have but takes on a whole new meaning when you have young children to get to ski school.



The information below includes all the factors we know our guests look for and details how all of our Family Ski resorts match up to them. We have challenged ourselves to bring out the relative merits of each resort, and checked against other peoples opinions e.g. “Where to ski and snowboard”. If you would like more advice, please do call us – we know all our resorts intimately.

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Snow Boarders and Freestyle

Ardent:

  • The Stash – a world-famous board park with natural obstacles in the forest and two parks in Avoriaz provide plenty of challenge and opportunity

Les Coches:

  • Two fantastic parks with kickers, rails and boxes for all levels

Reberty:

  • Challenging snow parks – one of the best is two lifts away above Meribel Mottaret

Expert Skiers

Ardent:

  • Plenty of kms to cover and as much challenge as you want including off-piste
  • The Swiss Wall a steep 40% plus long mogul run is rated one of the world’s top 10 black runs

Les Coches:

  • Some very challenging options in a huge ski area
  • The flying 45% kilometre piste in Les Arcs and steep runs from the Bellecote glacier will test experts
  • Experts will want to try off piste options

Reberty:

  • Grand Couloir, off piste, moguls, steep, narrow, wide open snow fields – The 3 Valleys has it all for the expert
  • Off-piste enthusiasts will revel in the some of the best available terrain

Intermediate Skiers

Ardent:

  • Excellent – varied and interesting slopes with lots to explore and interesting destinations

Les Coches:

  • Easy access to both Les Arcs and La Plagne gives lots of cruising red and blue runs to explore with interesting destinations circular tours

Reberty:

  • Superb intermediate ski area with plenty of blues and reds
  • Cruise through each of the 3 valleys in a day visiting Meribel and Courchevel and Val Thorens

Off-piste - With a Guide!

Ardent:

  • Lots of very good “hidden itineries” easily accessed from Pistes
  • Longer itineraries too – ski the Vallée de la Manche and return by helicopter
  • Some steep powder from the top of Mosettes and close to the infamous Swiss Wall
  • Excellent glade skiing through forest for fresh snow in low visibility

Les Coches:

  • Lots of accessible between-piste options
  • Some amazing away-from-it-all itineraries especially from the top of the Bellecote all the way to Champagny Le Haut
  • The North Face of the Bellecote is a world-renowned classic
  • Plenty of tree skiing for poor visibility close to the chalet

Reberty:

  • One of the very best off-piste resorts
  • Big choice of long itineraries at various levels and the best are in the Vallée des Belleville including the fabulous Gebroulez Glacier decent
  • Fantastic off-piste adventures for intermediates – ski hidden valleys and restaurants will pick you up free for a slap-up lunch in the old town of St Martin

Ski In - Ski Out?

Ardent:

  • Yes, all chalets ski-in to within a few metres and within 150m of the Ardent Bubble lift

Les Coches:

  • Most definitely – guests keep being surprised at how good a location it is even after we have told them!

Reberty:

  • Yes, to within a few metres – almost perfect accessiblity

Resort Activity and Non-Skiers

Ardent:

  • One bar restaurant and 2 ski shops – all you need but peaceful rather than active
  • Chalet-based social life is the focus – after family sledging and snow man making by the stream
  • Shuttle bus to Morzine, 7kms is a pretty and busy small town with lots to see and do for non-skier

Les Coches:

  • Several bars and restaurants and shops right on the doorstep
  • Often street theatre and entertainment for children and adults after the slopes close
  • Ice rink 5mins above the village of Les Coches

Reberty:

  • Les Menuires is a 5 minute bus ride down the valley – lots of shops, restaurants and cafes around the bottom of the ski area
  • Modern leisure complex with swimming pool, saunas, hammam, Jacuzzis and solarium in Les Menuires

Resort Charm

Ardent:

  • Traditional charming wooden village at the head of a pretty valley
  • Surrounded by nature – a stream and woods – peaceful and safe for kids to play in the day and evening

Les Coches:

  • Small car-free village 50m from our chalets, is safe and pleasant for children
  • Peaceful location – looking to the village and valley beyond one way and across the piste to the forest
  • Les Coches has a lively apres-ski feel in the early evening

Reberty:

  • Reberty is a tasteful village development of wooden chalets with an excellent bar/restaurant which is the focal point of the village
  • Best location in the Vallée des Belleville – where the best skiing in the 3 Valleys is to be found

Snow Reliability

Ardent:

  • Outstanding snow record for height due to proximity to Lake Geneva
  • North facing valley and snow cannon protects run to village – skiing to resort until the end of April for the last 10 years

Les Coches:

  • Good snow record and generally great conditions especially on higher slopes
  • Home run to chalet and village is kept open as a priority until end of season and has snow cannon

Reberty:

  • Our chalets are at a reliable 2000m
  • High skiing generally gives among the best snow conditions in France

Skiing (General)

Ardent:

  • 650 kms of pistes in a massive ski area
  • Interesting and scenic skiing – great for intermediate cruising through French and Swiss villages
  • Lots of wooded slopes help when visibility is low
  • Some optional highly challenging runs for experts

Les Coches:

  • Huge 425km Paradiski combining La Plagne and Les Arcs
  • New fast 6-man lift outside chalet speeds access to both ski areas
  • Varied skiing including wooded slopes and two high glaciers at 3250m

Reberty:

  • World’s biggest ski area with 660km pistes
  • Plenty of skiing for all levels – great red and blue run cruising as well as challenging blacks
  • The highest skiing – and best snow at Val Thorens and La Masse is easily accessed from Reberty

Family Convenience

Ardent:

  • Short transfers from Geneva
  • The best possible access to Portes du Soleil Skiing area
  • Excellent fast lift very close to all our chalets making access to ski school and the slopes quick and easy

Les Coches:

  • Perfect Piste-side location 50m from the heart of a car-free village
  • Ski 30m to lifts to ski school and ski area
  • Only one lift and a short ski to Vanoise Express linking Les Arcs and La Plagne

Reberty:

  • Piste-side location, ski in and out almost to the door
  • At the heart of the skiing – 2 mins ski to any of several lifts
  • Ski School located opposite chalets
  • Not recommended for very young children because of 2000m altitude