childrens page

Children

Whether your children are first-timers or seasoned pros, it is still vitally important that they have the time of their lives and that you are confident that they are in safe hands.

Nothing quite beats the thrill of being outside in the fresh mountain air, doing something all together, as a family. This page is designed to guide you through every question you may have regarding the children - from getting the troops into the best ski school, to tasty meals in the chalet we’ve got everything covered and it will ensure that you and the little ones have the most special and memorable holiday with us at Ski Basics.

No matter what your child’s age, there is a service in Meribel that can allow you some much needed time on the mountain too. For full details please see ‘On the Slopes’ and ‘Childcare.’

Service Age
Private Nanny 12 weeks – 14 years
ESF ‘Les Saturins’ 18 months – 2 years
ESF ‘Club Piou Piou’ 3 – 5 years
Ski School Children’s Group Lessons 4 – 17 years

In the chalet

It is so important that you, as parents, feel comfortable in our chalets and know that the children are in a safe environment. We therefore provide, at no extra cost, stair gates, cots, high chairs and baby monitors upon request. We can also organise the rental of push chairs for the week and all our transport vehicles have booster seats and child car seats. There will be a selection of books and games in your chalet and sledges for you all to enjoy on sunny afternoons.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

We do our best to source the highest quality ingredients to make natural, homemade family favourites. Dishes include shepherd’s pie, fish goujons with seasonal vegetables and fun nights with DIY pizza’s will bring a smile to everyone’s faces. Visit our food page.

We know happy children mean happy parents, so try to go above and beyond to ensure everyone has a nice time. We will help the kids’ cosy down, offering a warm drink and bed time story books by the fire to help them settle for the evening and ensure a relaxing end to your busy days.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the chalet in regards to children, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Also the kids loved the special kids menu which they were offered, and we were impressed with the flexibility to tweak the menu when needed to keep the kids happy.

Zoe Woods – January 2, 2016

Very personable and accommodating, excellent with the children and food was superb! We felt they all went the extra mile.

Ann-Marie Burrage – December 26, 2015

On the slopes

Skiing is a great sport, for young kids it’s mostly about having fun gaining confidence on the slopes and playing. Choosing a ski school or opting for playgroups or nanny can be a big decision to make and you may be nervous, we know the ski schools inside and out and will be happy to chat through what options best suit you and your family.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

Our chalet hosts keep up to date with all the latest news and events on the mountains. From fun days and special events to the best trails and picnic spots, they will make sure you can make the most of every day in Meribel.

Our advice is to reserve early as ski schools get fully booked far in advance, especially during school holidays.


Ski Schools for children

Parallel Lines Snow Sports School

Parallel Lines provide ‘Safari' courses for children, ranging from ‘Mini Green' (beginner 4-5 year olds) and encompassing children up to the age of 12. Except for the ‘Mini Green' (which is for 2 hours only), ‘Children's Safari' courses run Sunday-Friday for 4 hours each morning.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 844 811 2779
info@parallel-lines.com
www.parallel-lines.com

New Generation Ski and Snowboard School

With courses from ‘Whippersnappers' to the ‘NewGen Freeride Team', New Generation caters for all ages and abilities – including off-piste, park or bumps training. Ski courses for children are run during the school holidays and on request.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 844 770 4733
info@skinewgen.com
www.skinewgen.com

Magic Ski School

The Little Ones start in ‘The Magic Garden' (a safely enclosed area with special equipment) and progress into the ‘Altiport' ski area. For Levels 0 (beginner) - 6 (Freestyle) they run a week-long children's course which includes lunch in a mountain restaurant; leaving plenty of time for family skiing in the afternoon..

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 085 336
meribel@magicfr.com
www.magic-meribel.com

Ecole du Ski Français (ESF)

Meribel has one of the largest ESF communities in France with over 450 instructors all qualified to the highest level. Their wide repertoire includes skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross country skiing, snow-shoes, private and group lessons taught in English. Their two children's groups – Les Piou Piou and Les Saturnins – are very popular due to the extensive equipment; they have a crèche for the tiny ones, three children's play areas, a designated heated chalet and two slalom stadiums.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 086 031
esfmeribel@wanadoo.fr
www.esf-meribel.com

Rocky was an impressive host. Her attention to detail, flexibility incorporating our specific requests and general attitude and interaction with our family was second to none. Our three children warmed to her instantly.

Andy Williams – January 2, 2016

Excellent hostess who accommodated all our requests in relation to diet, meal times and transport. She was especially considerate to our baby granddaughter making life easier for the whole family.

Richard Williams – March 12, 2016

Childcare

Holidays are precious, we want you to be able to relax and have some time for yourselves, as well as time together as a family. We only work with the most highly reputed nannies in Meribel. There are a few to choose from, so we are sure you will find someone to suit your needs. We can also arrange babysitting services for an evening off.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

Whatever choice you make for your children, our advice is to reserve early, both ski schools and nanny agencies get fully booked far in advance, especially during school holidays.


Nannies

Meribel Nanny Services

With 8 years experience working as a nanny in the French alps, company founder Nicole decided it was about time Meribel had a superior, reliable and friendly childcare company, and so in 2014 she set up Meribel Nanny Services. All nannies through Meribel Nanny Services will be qualified and/or experienced, have CRB checks and first aid certificates. They will also be trained in resort, to ensure they know all the best places to sledge, play and create happy experiences for your child, whether they are 12 weeks or 12 years old.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7500 159112
+33 633 521 895
nicole@meribelnannyservices.com
www.meribelnannyservices.com

Merinannies

Merinannies was established in Meribel in 2003 by Katia Koumantou a qualified early years teacher and mother of two children. Since then they have been providing first class childcare in the whole of the 3 Valleys and many other popular family resorts. Their testimonials show the level of care they provide. They offer flexible and reliable private nanny service to suit every family's requirements. Their team consists of insured qualified, experienced and checked nannies, first aided, special needs trained and multilingual nannies. They take care of babies from the age of 4 weeks to 14 years for short weekends or full weeks and long term. Merinannies aim is to make every family's holiday a memorable experience.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7860 925055
katia.merinannies@gmail.com
www.merinannies.com

ESF

The Meribel ESF offers two programs for children, Les Saturnins and Les Jardins ‘Piou Piou'. ‘Les Saturnins' is aimed at children aged between 18 months and 3 years, including both indoor and outdoor activities. Bookings can be made from a half day to a full week. Les Jardins ‘Piou-Piou' are aimed at beginner skiers between 3 and 5 years old where children can discover the joys of skiing through games and play.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 086 031
esfmeribel@wanadoo.fr
www.esf-meribel.com

T4 Nannies

T4 Nannies will look after babies from 4 months to children up to 12 years. They take care of the school runs, lunches and evening babysitting. They pride themselves on being a family nanny service, which is why they charge per nanny rather than per child. This gives families flexibility and the best possible value.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 208 144 1054
mail@t4nanny.com
www.t4nanny.com

SnowBugs

SnowBugs Child Care is to give you absolute peace of mind, while spending your days out on the slopes.They offer a high quality, friendly and trustworthy, private nanny service, entertaining your little ones in the comfort of your own holiday home. All nannies are trained with first aid and have lots of experience in snowy conditions.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7908 748 262
+33 616 973 601
info@snowbugs.co.uk
www.snowbugs.co.uk

Jelly and Ice Cream

After several successful years providing care for little ones in Val D'Isere, Jelly and Ice Cream nannies will be coming to Meribel this year, offering competitive rates.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 679 769 595
tina@jellyandice-cream.com
www.jellyandice-cream.com

Amazed at the professionalism of all the staff and how the company is run. Excellent drivers and general service all round even providing toys and equipment for my 11 month old. Would recommend ski basics to everyone.

Melanie Brown – December 19, 2015

Naomi made our holiday extra special as she was so lovely and went out of her way to make sure we were happy. Her food was fantastic and particularly the cakes! All the children were very sad to say goodbye as they treated Naomi as part of the family from the outset. A super talented host. 1000% the best according to the kids!

Victoria Orford - March 28, 2015