Morzine is a favourite destination for families and their young children. Only a few hours’ drive from Geneva, nestled in a snow-smothered river gorge, this mountain town is brimming with fun and excitement for adults and children alike. With a delightful mix of small shops and family-friendly restaurants, the town of Morzine certainly has all your off-the-slopes needs covered. On the slopes, the ESF ski school has been teaching lessons for many years and is the perfect place for beginners and children to hone their skills, make friends and enjoy their holiday. |
The Piou Piou Club
As part of the local ESF ski school, the Piou Piou Club is dedicated to giving ski lessons to children between the ages of three and 14. The children’s ski garden is the perfect place for your children to take their first skis onto the slopes, or to help them build on previous skills. Children below the age of five must go through the Piou Piou Club for group lessons, although those older than five can have regular lessons with the ESF. A typical day at the children’s ski nursery would be as follows:
9:00am: Drop the kids off nice and early at the ski garden. Lessons will begin shortly after all children have been assisted with their gear and accompanied to the starting area by the team. They’ll then begin their lesson, which places an emphasis on mastery of technique and control. Snacks and regular toilet breaks will be provided.
12noon: Lunch time. Instructors will bring the kids back to the garden for lunch. If you have only booked a half day, then you can pick up your child at this time.
2:00pm: Afternoon activities start. These range from more ski lessons to indoor activities, the latter of which are organised by the childcare team. An afternoon snack is provided.
5:00pm: Pick-up. Collect your child and ask them about their day. Don’t be surprised if they talk about how much fun they had all the way home. Luckily, equipment is labelled and can be left at the club, so you don’t have to drag it back to your chalet.
What to Bring
It is a good idea to buy most of your child’s clothing and gear before heading off. Buying and renting equipment in Morzine is expensive, with some gear such as ski outfits only available to buy outright. Therefore, it is best to pack a one-piece ski suit for children, thermals for underneath, a warm hat and good-quality gloves so that their hands don’t get cold and wet. Ski helmets, snow boots and goggles can all be hired out there, so there’s no need to buy them unless you are regular skiers. Lastly, keep in mind that the sun often blasts off the white snow, making sunglasses and strong sun cream necessary on most days.
Piste Protection for the Whole Family
Don’t let financial worries get in the way of your family fun. For peace of mind, it is always sensible to invest in ski travel insurance that keeps you covered in any contingency. For an insurance policy that gives you comprehensive cover, InsureMore’s ski travel insurance is a great option. With lots of low-cost options for single-trip or multi-trip family insurance, spend more money food and fun while keeping the whole family protected.
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