La Chaumiere, Route de Thonon, 74390 Chatel, France View on Map

Children at La Chaumiere



We believe that our children’s service is second to none and sets us apart from the crowd. We understand that in order to truly enjoy your holiday you need to be safe in the knowledge that your children are having fun and learning in the safest, most secure setting possible – this is why all children are looked after in-house by our own qualified British or English-speaking ski instructors.

Not only does this mean small groups, ensuring your child receives more individual instruction and attention, but it also allows the flexibility to meet with parents for lunch, a drink, or a few runs together in the afternoon.

And, of course, there is none of the hassle of booking ski school and having to adhere to set lesson times!

For older children

In general older children will start their ski day at the same time as the adults. A typical ski day looks something like this:

9-9.30am Arrive at slopes with adults
9.30-11am Lessons/instructional guiding
11 – 11.20am Hot chocolate break and snack
11.30 – 1pm Lessons/instructional guiding
1-2pm Lunch (either with parents or separately depending on that day’s skiing and parents’ wishes)
2 – 4/4.30pm Lessons/instructional guiding (with a possible hot chocolate break)
5pm Arrive at chalet for afternoon tea
6pm Dinner
6.45pm Review video from that day

Please note that this is a guide only and that the day will be tailored to suit the needs and wishes of each particular group.

Younger skiers

From about the age of 3 or 4 most children are physically ready to give skiing a try. The most important thing at this stage is to make sure their experience is fun and that it leaves them wanting to do it again. Younger children tend to tire more easily and have a limited concentration span, so we make sure that learning centres around play and having fun, whilst allowing ample time for breaks.

Typically, children in the 3-5 year age group spend 1-3 hours in the morning on the snow with our instructors. They either meet their parents for lunch (if so desired) or can be taken back to the chalet for lunch with our nannies.

The afternoon provides the opportunity for all sorts of activities – having fun in our well-equipped playroom, sledging on the slope beside the chalet, building snowmen or venturing a little further afield to the village playground or to the lake where the ducks are waiting to be fed…

For the little ones

Babies and younger children will be looked after by experienced nannies at the chalet. La Chaumiere has a colourful, well-equipped playroom with soft toys, books, paints, crayons and other arts and crafts necessities. There is plenty of space to hang pictures and other creations at the end of the day.

We also have a large garden which provides ample opportunity for building snowmen and being pulled around on a sledge. A variety of activities will be arranged depending on the weather, for example local trips to feed the ducks and rabbits, or perhaps a trip up the cable car to watch mummy and daddy ski….


We take as much care with the children’s food as we do with the adults. All food is homemade using the best fresh ingredients. We aim to take the stress out of mealtimes and provide food that is tasty, nutritious and universally popular.

Children’s dinner is served at 6pm and requires parental supervision. Click here to see a typical weeks menu

Facilities for children and babies

  • Fully equipped playroom – TV, DVD player, table and chairs, soft toys, books, paints, crayons, arts and crafts
  • Highchairs
  • Travel cots
  • Use of kitchen and microwave to prepare/heat food and bottles
  • Meals provided
  • Car seats
  • Baby bath
  • Bath


La Chaumiere,
581 Route de Thonon,
74390, Châtel, France
Phone: + 33 450732212