Morzine – Families
With such a short transfer time from Geneva it is no surprise that Morzine is popular with families and that the town has a wealth of facilities for children of all ages. Morzine carries the Family Plus label - an independent national label presented to tourist destinations that make a concerted effort to offer bespoke services to families. As such the resort is committed to personalised services for families; entertainment adapted for all ages; different prices for different age groups and professionals that look after and entertain your children. Whilst the beginner slopes are ideal for children there is so much more to do than skiing, and the tourist office will be able to advise as to what events are taking place during each week of the season.
A fantastic ski-based childcare service is provided by ESF at the ‘Club des Piou Piou’. Their instructors are very professional and the snow garden is well equipped with magic carpets and fun obstacles. Ski tuition is combined well with indoor and outdoor fun and games.
The International Ski School (Easy2Ride) provides a high standard of tuition for children and all instructors speak English fluently. Class sizes for beginners are limited to only 6 children and they host an end of week party for the children to celebrate their achievements. BASS Morzine offer parent & toddler ski lessons.
Childcare facilities in Morzine are excellent, thus leaving parents free to ski hard in the knowledge that their children will be well looked after. The cheapest option for younger children is to make use of the local crèche (L’Outa) at around 20 Euro per half day. They can even provide lunch at a cost of 5.50 Euro. Make sure to check if they are happy to look after English-speaking children before making a booking.
If you prefer to have a private nanny to look after your children there are two excellent British nanny companies in Morzine. Both ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ and ‘Jack Frosts’ use fully qualified British staff and can offer a variety of services and activity programmes for children of all ages.
Restaurants for children
The Snack du Pleney is right at the top of the Morzine cablecar and parents can take little ones up the mountain for lunch with no walking or skiing involved. The menu is simple and quick, meaning that children have less time to get bored! At the foot of the cablecar L’Etale is a good choice for a meal with the kids at any time of the day. The restaurant has a good selection for the whole family and a good value children's menu. The outdoor tables are popular with families during the daytime to keep the children in the fresh mountain air.
Activities for families
In addition to the usual premise of a ski holiday (skiing and snowboarding obviously!) lots of off mountain activities are on offer every week. These include everything from alcohol free nights at the nightclub for teenagers to puppet and magic shows, treasure hunts and tobogganing for young children.
Alternatively, the permanent attractions such as the ice-rink, two cinemas showing international films and horse and carriage tours will keep the little ones amused for hours. The biggest thing that Morzine lacks for children is a public swimming pool, but this is set to change with the opening of the new pool in December 2011.
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