5 alternative ways to enjoy the slopes as a family

Looking for a quirkier snowy activity with the kids this season? Try one of these on for size…
Ski by night in Manigod or Chamrousse

With eight illuminated runs, three chairlifts and one draglift, Manigod (External link) has the largest ski area navigable by night in Savoie-Mont Blanc. The network is open every night during school holidays, giving families a truly magical and memorable ski experience under the stars. A perfect resort for all age groups, Manigod is situated in the majestic Aravis massif, 30km from Annecy and overlooking the Thônes valley. In Chamrousse (External link), the La Croix gondola and Crêtes slope are romantically illuminated too, at an altitude of 2,250m with a fantastic view over Grenoble. Come and enjoy a unique skiing thrill.

Zipline above the slopes in Val Thorens

Following its launch of Europe’s highest zipline, Val Thorens (External link) is back with another innovative flight experience through the heart of the resort. Safely strapped in a harness with your skis on your back, you embark on a 1,600-metre-long flight, suspended 65m above the slopes. Take flight from the top of the La Moutière chairlift and come down to earth in Place Caron. The zipline is accessible to both skiers and pedestrians, costing €35, with average speeds of 75km/h.

Go ski-joëring in Peisey-Vallandry

Once a mode of transport in Scandinavia, ski resorts have adapted ski-joëring (External link) for the modern age and it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves skiing and horses. A horse or pony pulls along one or more skiers, either at a gentle stroll or a thrilling gallop – it’s up to you to choose. Ski-joëring can be tried in many of Savoie-Mont Blanc’s resorts, with Peisey-Vallandry (External link) offering outings for children as young as five.

Try a ski jump in Courchevel

Having hosted the sport during the 1992 Winter Olympics, Courchevel (External link) is known for its links to ski jumping (External link). Starting from this season, children can also give it a go on a 25-metre jump, led by an instructor from the ESF – provided they have achieved Bronze level in skiing. Prices start from €120 per private 90-minute lesson. Courchevel was the first resort to offer the Magnestick, a magnetised vest for children worn over the ski suit which holds them to a chairlift for extra safety.

Toboggan in Les Carroz

The resort of Les Carroz (External link) in the Grand Massif has a brand new ‘Four Seasons’ toboggan run for 2018-19, taking thrillseeking families on an 850-metre descent from the Kédeuze gondola through forested runs and around sharp corners. The run can be enjoyed alone or as a pair and is open to children from aged 3, accompanied by an adult. Prices start at €7 for a single run or €30 for a series of five.

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