Ski holidays with Kids – Top après ski activities

Ski holidays with young children are magical, from the first time on the slopes to cosy evenings by the fire… Keeping your kids entertained isn’t hard when in the mountains, particularly if they love skiing. 

It doesn’t always go to plan though… Tiredness or low-visibility days can happen to anyone, so it’s always helpful to have a few other après-ski activities up your sleeve. Here are our top recommendations for things to do with kids away from the ski slopes.

Snowball fight

A family having a snowball fight next to a snowman

One of the most-loved winter activities for kids is simply having fun in the snow. Make snow angels, have a snowball fight, or build a snowman… let their imaginations run wild! Then warm up back inside with a steaming mug of hot chocolate afterwards.

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Ice skating

A view of ice skater's feet as they skate by a fence

Enjoy some old-fashioned ice-skating as a family. Covered or open-air, real or synthetic ice… nearly all the French ski resorts have a skating rink. Some resorts, like La Clusaz, even offer figure skating courses. So whether it’s dancing, racing around the rink or playing ice hockey, there are memories to be made on the ice. 

Check out our favourite ice rinks in the French Alps.

Swimming pool

a grandfather and grand daughter laughing in a swimming pool

From tots to teens everyone will love a splash around the pool. Adults may even enjoy the chance to take the weight off aching muscles after a hard day on the mountain. A couple of our favourite swimming complexes are the Parc des Dérêches in Morzine and the Espace Aquatique in La Clusaz.

Make it easy on yourself and win some extra parent points by booking a chalet with a private pool!

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Chocolate making workshop

Chocolate chunks on a wooden table

Let the kids make an afternoon treat at a chocolate-making workshop. Chalet du Chocolat in Les Gets offers hour-long chocolate making workshops between 10 am and 6 pm every day, so get a ski-in early and reward yourself with a chocolate treat… because honestly, who doesn’t like chocolate? 

Family photoshoot

A father and son sledging and laughing

Childhood is fleeting and there’s no better opportunity to preserve this moment in time than with a fun, snow-filled photoshoot. Choose a photographer who will join you and your little ones on the slopes, to capture the joy of skiing as a family.

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Ceramics workshop

Let your kids get creative at a ceramics workshop. During the workshop, they will be shown a number of techniques to help them create their very own pottery masterpiece. From making animals, monsters and funny faces to mugs and jugs, the choice is theirs, the only limit is their imagination…

For an OVO Network favourite, check out Atelier Polkadot in Manigod village. Owned by the very talented Laurence, you’ll find courses either at her workshop or at Lo Garajo, a cool concept cafe. Laurence speaks perfect English, making her courses accessible to holiday maker’s as well as French visitors.

Horse-drawn carriage ride

Horses Winter Forest Snow Sleigh Ride The Horse

Nothing says ‘winter wonderland’ quite like a horse-drawn carriage ride through a snowy ski resort. Warm blankets, crisp winter air and the gentle jingle of bells tinkling to the rhythmic stride of the horses. Exciting for the kids and romantic for the adults.

Local ‘Animations’

A ski resort village under a sky of fireworks

An easy way to get ideas for things to do on your ski holiday is to check out what’s going on locally during your stay. Ski resorts pride themselves on their ability to put on events and activities (known as ‘animations’ in French) for holidaymakers of all ages. There could be free hot chocolate and fireworks, night skiing, cultural events, music or sporting displays. Pop down to the local tourist office at the start of your stay to see what’s on.

Still not convinced? Here at OVO Network our dedicated range of Cool for Kids chalets have got everything you and your family need. Let the tykes get creative with paper, crayons and toys for different age groups. Watch a family movie together in front of the fire or play a board game. And if you’re travelling with teens, have no fear, many of our chalets have games consoles, table football or a swimming pool! Make sure to check the equipment lists on our chalet pages to see what’s included at the property, you might not need to bring as toys or games as you think!

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Written by... Andrew


Hi, I'm Andrew and I am the Social Media Manager at OVO Network. I live in La Clusaz and love everything about life in the mountains. My favourite things to do are skiing, mountain biking and chilling by Lake Annecy with my little family! -