Nothing is more important than spending time with your family, sharing special moments together, breathing fresh air and enjoying exercise and new experiences in the great outdoors!
The French Alps offer active, energising and interesting summer holidays which help our children develop and learn important values. These shared moments with our loved ones strengthen family ties and create unique memories. Summer holidays in the mountains offer a complete sensory experience for children and parents alike. It is also a choice of holiday which offers you freedom, far from the crowd and the hustle and bustle of seaside destinations.
The mountain help us feel everything is in its rightful place: close contact with such a rich and magnificent environment makes us feel both humble and privileged. We become more “zen” in our attitude, and live more in tune with nature. Choosing a summer holiday in a family friendy resort in the Alps is a gift to yourself and your whole family, one which will leave its mark, like the home-cooked meals our grandmothers prepared for us, or the unforgettable smells and sensations of our own childhood.
which French alps family resort should you choose for your summer holiday?
Méribel is the ideal destination for a holiday devoted to family time. Méribel is a large Alpine resort in the Savoie, which beautifully combines easily accessible and stunning mountain landscape, chalet-style architecture, a wide range of activities for absolutely all tastes and ages and modern facilities and services. Discover the nurseries and children’s clubs that will delight children aged from 18 months to 16 years. The values of the family have always been part of the DNA of Méribel, a French Alps summer resort which offers you the following advantages:
- The French Famille Plus quality label: a certified resort since 2014, Méribel is committed to the continuous development of family-friendly services and facilities.
- Nurseries and clubs for children and teenagers from 18 months to 16 years: whatever their age, your children will flourish thanks to the facilities and specialised activity providers which offer a variety of experiences and tailor-made childcare.
- Family and children’s entertainment, shows and activities organised or run by Méribel Tourisme.
- The Kenothèque and Maison de la Réserve: these two centres welcome children and their parents or grandparents to enjoy family activities related to nature and the mountains.
- The Parc Olympique: a leisure centre with a swimming pool, skating rink, climbing wall and a Spa offering family packages.
- Outdoor equipment that your children and teenagers will adore: pump tracks, fun areas, adventure courses, Explor Game, etc.
- Prices designed for families and promoted by the Family Plus Label, such as the Méripass (multi-activity pass), and free admission for children under 5 years old.
- An authentic setting – Méribel is an ideal Savoyard village for a family holiday where you can discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Alps: fauna, flora, walking paths, easily accessible areas of natural beauty, heritage, etc.
- A hiking guide offering 33 varied walks through the Méribel valley, including 7 walks which are accessible to all, and 13 easy walks.
your family summer holidays in France: mountain activities and lasting memories!
Méribel offers families the opportunity to take a complete break during the summer. Mountain summer holidays in France allow you to spend time together, yet everyone can go along at their own pace. With a wide range of different activities of varying degrees of difficulty, young and old alike can recharge their batteries and discover the mountains and the DNA of the valley. Here are some of the many summer mountain activities dedicated to families in Méribel:
All-terrain electric scooters
EM Skate is offering a new activity this summer: E-Fatscoots. Half way between a mountain bike and a scooter, Fatscoots are fun and offer unique thrills. As they are easy to handle, they can be ridden by everyone.
They are ideal for an outing with family or friends, which can be as gentle or sporty as you like! Enjoy eco-friendly excursions on these all-mountain electric scooters, which give you the sensation of gliding at speed (at up to 30km/hr) in complete safety.
Discover this original activity in the unique landscapes in the heart of les 3 Vallées. You will be accompanied by instructors so you make rapid progress. With a choice of three different speeds, this activity is suitable for all.
Bike park and electric mountain bikes
The Bike Park offers 6 easy-access trails for electric mountain bikes (totalling 58 km) including 3 new ‘gentle’ routes. In addition, instructors from the MCF school offer the perfect outing to discover how electric bikes bring the mountain trails within your reach, in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
This ride allows you to brush up your skills and learn how an electric bike works so that you feel confident. Afterwards, you may want to try longer or more technical outings to discover the Méribel valley’s iconic places.
Children too young to ride an electric bike can use a standard bike with a ‘track’ system that allows them to be towed by an adult. This is a great way to enjoy family rides through the magical mountain landscapes.
Riding and pony trekking
Explore the paths and tracks of les 3 Vallées on a surefooted mount and discover its marvellous and varied scenery.
For beginners, the Coeur Équestre provides 30 minutes in the outdoor school so you can get to know your mount before you set off to enjoy an outing. Group or private lessons, 1 or 2 hour rides or 1 or 2 days with a night in a refuge, riding courses (6 – 12 years), pony rides for very young children, moonlit rides – everything is possible.
Family session on the Via Ferrata
A beginner session for children aged 9 or above on a climbing route equipped with ladders above a lake and a 57m wire bridge. This introductory route, suspended between the earth and sky, is suitable for all the family.
A Via Ferrata is a fun way of experiencing the thrills of climbing without having to master all the techniques. You will make your way across rock faces equipped with ladders, cables and bridges.
The lac de la Rosière Via Ferrata is the perfect route for beginners and it allows you to share this exceptional activity with your children.
Loads of activities for your children and teenagers!
Your children and teenagers will have fun all summer while being looked after by enthusiastic professionals! Various activities and a range of packages are on offer for all tastes: Sportkids Méribel offers every type of sports activities for children from 8 to 16 years, with 3 specially designed packages: Kids, Juniors and Teens. The programme includes: mountain biking, kayaking, via ferrata, canyoning, climbing, archery, paint-ball, laser games, grass scooters, rafting and more.
For children aged 3 to 8, there’s Les P’tits Loups childrens’ club and for those aged 18 months to 3 and a half years, there is a Nursery which takes care of everything.
Our special children’s activity providers offer a chance to discover the mountains, a taste for sport, new experiences, thrills, friendships and plenty of great memories to take home.
Adventure course in the middle of the forest
With Méribel Aventure, you can enjoy 80 highline obstacles in the middle of the forest, in the heart of nature. Starting at le Bois d’Arbin, you will discover 5 forest courses with different obstacles and zip wires to test your agility, acrobatic skills, balance and nerve.
Each course is more testing than the last; all have precise safety instructions, and are reserved for adults and accompanied children. A special course is offered for children aged 3 or above. Each course lasts around 30 minutes.
Petting farm and more
The beautiful natural area of La Traye is a haven of peace. It is an ideal place to spend a day or more with the family, and can be reached on foot. Here, in the middle of alpine pastures with panoramic views, sit two very comfortable refuges, with a spa, archery ground and petting farm at le Refuge du la Traye.
Equally captivating is le Clos Bernard in the heart of a spruce forest that feels like the wilds of Canada. Take a break here after a beautiful walk along the Animal Trail or an outing on an electric mountain bike. Here you can discover a restaurant and mini-farm and share unforgettable moments with your family.
Unique mountain walks and outings
Explore the mountains with your family and see marmots, ibex and other wildlife, flowers and magnificent landscapes: Tuéda Nature Reserve, Lac des Fées, le Saut refuge, the Animal or Botanical Trails. Or for an original and magical outing, set out from Méribel and marvel at the sunset over the Vanoise Glaciers, Mont-Blanc, Grande Casse and the Méribel Valley …
After this hike led by a professional guide, you’ll tuck into a tasty Reblochon fondue and sample Savoy wines, then descend by the light of your head-torch!
your ideal family summer holiday in the French alps
Méribel is a beautiful green valley composed of several villages of typical Alpine architecture. You will find various types of accommodation that overlook nature and meet all your needs: hotels, rental apartments and chalets, tourist residences, very comfortable mountain refuges and a few B&Bs.
Located in the geographical heart of les 3 Vallées, Méribel offers all the conditions for an ideal family holiday in the French Alps: the ski lifts provide easy access to beautiful mountain viewpoints, the bike park and the other 3 Vallées resorts. Thanks to the free Méribuses, you can easily get around the resort to take advantage of the shops, restaurants and all the activities on offer.
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