5 typical village resorts for families

Skiing with family, arguably best in a resort with a village atmosphere, is a wonderful holiday experience, away from the routine of everyday life. We’ve handpicked five authentic, peaceful spots where it’s great to take the children.

Le Grand-Bornand

“The unspoilt charm of a mountain village”. Head to Savoie Mont-Blanc, to the centre of the Aravis Massif and the resort of Le Grand-Bornand (External link) . We love this village for its square, its typical church, its local shops and its 400-year-old cottages. And the backdrop? The Aravis mountain range, overhung at 2,750m by the wooded summit of the Massif de la Pointe Percée. When you’re skiing with family, push yourselves to climb six kilometres higher to 1,300m, where 86km of trails await you. Children can learn the basics at the newly developed Plateau du Rosay, at the heart of the resort.

Villard de Lans and Corrençon en Vercors

For the real village lifestyle. These two charming resorts located in Isere have retained the richness of local life and agriculture, and preserve their delicious local products. If you like lively, friendly family holidays with easy access to the slopes, Villard de Lans (External link) is a must. On the other hand, if you’re seeking wilderness and calm (while staying at the foot of the slopes), Corrençon en Vercors (External link) is ideal. Its picture-postcard image, the purity of the air and the warm welcome by the residents make this feel like a real refuge away from it all.


Here, the mountain is king. Both sporty and family-friendly, Pralognan-la-Vanoise (External link) combines unspoilt nature with vintage charm. Above all, we love this village for its quiet soul. Located in Savoie Mont-Blanc, at the end of a valley and between 1,410 and 2,130m above sea level, the area has 26km of slopes, accessible to all. Among the fir trees, it’s not unusual to encounter chamois, the mascots of the resort. Perfectly suited to please young and old alike, ski and après-ski activities are numerous here.

Les Gets

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With its 600km of trails and its typical village charm, Les Gets (External link) is a resort of balance. Perched near Lake Geneva, this village resort offers true French art de vivre to the whole family. Its cosy stone and wood chalets, numerous organised events and Savoyard speciality restaurants all contribute to this. Find out more about its family activities (External link) .

Le Lac Blanc

Nestled at the heart of the Ballon des Vosges in Haut-Rhin, on the Alsace wine route, the resort of Le Lac Blanc (External link) inspires snowy adventures and a lot more besides. There are 67km of cross-country ski trails, 14km of downhill ski runs, and hiking and freestyle trails for youngsters – but above all, a friendly atmosphere and well-groomed slopes. All in a truly breathtaking natural environment. Ski during the day and, come nightfall, settle into a typical gites and enjoy cheese, charcuterie and wines of Alsace –all from the Kaysersberg Valley.