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Resort suggestions please - young babies, low altitude

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I'm looking for the magic of snowheads to suggest some resorts for me to look into for skiing with a baby.

We are a group of three couples and each of us will have a young baby aged between 5 and 9 months old by March next year. We are planning to share childcare responsibilities between us so external childcare is not an issue.

Our current thinking is we'd like to go skiing in mid-March when it is warmer, accepting that we will not ski huge amounts so don't need 500km of piste. We don't want to pay through the nose for a extensive ski area lift pass which we won't really use as we'll be skiing in short stints of a few hours so are unlikely to get very far. We think it best to stay in a low-ish resort, ideally in an apartment with three sensible bedrooms, that is centrally located close to town and lifts/slopes. We don't want to faff with buses and we would like those doing baby care duties to be able to stroll easily to get a hot choc or meet for lunch at a cafe on the Front de neige. We're open to chalet or hotel stays but we will be on a budget.

Ability wise we range from early intermediate to advanced off pister but in reality we are looking for at least a moderate extent of slopes to mostly cruise on, but if the odd challenge was available, even better.

I've currently been focusing on Les Gets, since it ticks all the boxes and there appears to be decent apartments for about £250pp.
I've also looked at Les Carroz/Flaine and Alpbach. Could you suggest other resorts that might be worth investigating?
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@carettam, Before getting to your penultimate para, I was thinking 'Les Gets' so great minds! I think it could be ideal for your requirements, but Les Carroz too. St Gervais perhaps? There are some apartments at the base of the gondola - never been in them so can't comment on what they're like. St G is a nice town, very easily reached from Geneva, flattish walk from apartments to town pushing a buggy, some shops, cafes, restaurants etc., but the skiing is above town via the gondola, so no front de neige chocolate stops. Les Gets might be the best bet.
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If you guys are doing your own childcare I would definitely recommend apartments rather than hotels or chalets, as neither those tend to have the space to setup a play area for children.

In terms of low altitude- what about Sweden? We are trying there for the first time in February so can't really say if it will be suitable but certainly low. However I did notice they had lift passes you can buy which you can share with your children partner
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SkiWelt or Ski Juwel Alpbach etc but with the caveat that snow may not be reliable in late March.
Move the date to early March and a lot more possibilities open up
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My first suggestion would be Chamonix. Resort is at 1,000m altitude which is absolutely fine for babies. Loads of apartments possible there and high altitude skiing for the parents when required. 1 hour transfer from Geneva which is another bonus with babies. Big bustling town centre with loads going on for when you're not on the slopes. Plenty to see and do, it's impossible to be bored in Chamonix.
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+1 for Les Gets. Chatel a possible on the same circuit. Maybe La Clusaz? I like Chamonix but don't think it meets your 'we don't want to faff with buses' preference.
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I know I've recommended it to you before but I think Les Chalets de Jouvence in Les Carroz would be hard to beat for convenience for the slopes and village. Flaine would also be a very good option. I'd also recommend looking at Les Saisies and La Clusaz. If you are thinking of apartments I would rent individual ones as then you will not get woken at night by other people's babies crying.
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+1 for Les Gets. Chatel a possible on the same circuit. Maybe La Clusaz? I like Chamonix but don't think it meets your 'we don't want to faff with buses' preference.


I'd argue that although Chamonix does indeed have a bus system, if you're staying in the main town then you have 5 times as much happening on your doorstep than the the whole village of Les Gets. Whether you then choose to get on buses/trains etc to explore further is up to you. Ditto the skiing. Brevent-Flegere is accesible directly from Chamonix centre and has simialr amounts of piste to what's directly accesible in Les Gets. Again, your choice as to whether you then choose to explore further afield.

In short, if you think Les Gets has all boxes ticked then you should seriously consider Chamonix for everything Les Gets offers and more.
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@carettam, I've dropped you a PM Happy I'd say Chamonix was a reasonable choice to throw into the mix.
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Les Gets sounds pretty good to me.
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@carettam, have sent pm with details of an apartment that we used in March last year in Les Gets
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Mayrhofen.at, the village is low with lots of shops, cafes etc but this skiing relatively high and reliable and a good atmosphere. Lots of apartments there and mid March should be eminently affordable.

Schladming would also work as would Elmau, Bad Hofgastein and lots of other nice Austrian resorts like Alpbach.
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La clusaz fits you bill quite well. It also has an awesome indoor outdoor pool which would be great for the kids
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Les Saisies could work well. Mid March after French school hols finish would be ideal - and at that point would be much less busy than Les Gets, as the overwhelming majority of visitors are French, and as soon as the "vacances scolaires" are over, it's low season. There are loads of apartments of all sizes within easy walking reach of the "front de neige". And more hot chocolate stops than you can shake a ski stick at. A very manageable size town to walk around in, and quite attractive - it's a fair bit higher than Les Gets and you've a better chance of "resort level snow" later in the season. Les Gets would work though, and you can get up to the "front de neige" as a non skier (though logistically more of a faff than in Les Saisies, where it's an easy stroll with a buggy or three from anywhere in the town).

In your position I'd want one apartment, not separate ones as suggested above - because that will have space and equipment for you all to sit comfortably round one table for your evening meal. And listen to all the babies at the same time. Should be a great holiday

Lift accessed accessible off piste is not bad in Les Saisies - not extensive, but not immediately skied out, either and I could recommend an instructor to show you the way!
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As the post didnt say has to be continental Europe/France try looking at Scandinavia.

Low resorts and the Skistar ones do a parent lift pass that can be shared. Saw quite a few baby buggies being wheeled through Trysil when we were there.

The hot chocolate was one of the few items not eye waterlingly expensive at the restaurants!
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@ster, +1. Or try Are in Sweden - not as eye-wateringly expensive as Norway.
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Thanks all, lots to be thinking about here. Les Saises and La Clusaz are both areas I've not been to, look like they would also tick the boxes, plus I'm always keen to go to new resorts .Schladming is another option that appeals, so will look into that.
I've skied parts of the PdS so I'm happy that Snowheads have worked their magic and shown me that there are other options.
I've also stayed and skied in Les Carroz before, and while I'm not discounting it, I was keen to hear about areas that are new to me.
Much of the skiwelt/SkiJewel looks lovely but most of the resort villages appear to not really be the 'front de neige' type places, and also a little low for a mid-March break (although I admit that low down in Les Gets will be very much spring skiing by then too).Bad Hofgastein appears to be similar, great skiing but long walks/bus faff likely to reach the slopes. I've skiied Mayrhofen before, really liked it but again there is no snow front cafes for easy lunch meet ups, you have to faff with Penken gondola.

I'll take another look at some of the Scandi resorts. I did think about them before and would like to give them a go. What put me off was the price, as I'm on a budget, plus some resorts seem to have lots of drag lifts, which my boarder husband is not too keen on.
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