On ski days in Chamonix we have our pick of five mountains but each time our 6 year old begs us to take her to La Flégère (part of the linked Brévent-Flégère ski area). The lure being the totally brilliant Mont Blanc Legend kids zone. More and more ski resorts are now providing kid friendly pistes and Chamonix is no exception. It's hands down her favourite piste to ski. So if you're on a family ski holiday in Chamonix with kids, be sure to check it out.
The Mont Blanc Legend kids zone on La Flégère, Chamonix, is perfect for families
La Flégère is a great family ski mountain as it's blessed by being south facing, having stunning views of Mont Blanc and has a rich and varied natural terrain for all levels of skier. South facing means the pistes are less bullet proof first thing, the kids are less likely to be cold and you've got a high chance of getting that goggle tan you've been hankering after to show off back home.
The Mont Blanc Legend kids course is located on the Libellules piste ('dragonflys' in French) on La Flégère, five minutes up the valley from Chamonix in the village of Les Praz.
You can access La Flégère by Brévent (as the two mountains are linked with a liaison cable car) but with young kids we find it's easier to take the 5 minute bus ride from town or drive and park in the large free car park at La Flégère.
The Mont Blanc Legend course & 'snow playground' are on the Libellules piste at La Flégère
From stepping out at the lift station at an altitude of 1877m, you've got two greens pistes to choose from, Libellules and the Trappe. Green runs, often merely cat tracks in other ski resorts, are lovely gentle slopes here in Chamonix and perfect to ski for families. Both the Trappe and the Libellules meander to the Trappe 6 man chairlift returning you back just a little higher than the lift station.
La Flégère is perfect for families with varied ski levels. With 2 greens, 3 blues and the Mont Blanc Legend park it's ideal for kids whilst the Index and the Floria lifts (not to mention the connecting cable car over to Brévent) make it perfect for the intermediate and advanced skier.
The Trappe, narrow at first, widens out into a broad expansive piste where a number of other pistes funnel. Companie du Mont Blanc have perfectly situated the Mont Blanc Legend kids course on the more peaceful Libellules piste. The initial slope is more of a blue level but after that it mellows out and this is where you'll start to see the obstacles. It's important to keep your speed up on the initial descent to comfortably reach the first hanging target. Our girls love to bash it with oomph and gritted teeth!
With arches to duck under, slider boxes to glide across, and hanging targets to jab, the Mont Blanc Legend course is fun and entertaining for kids.
Plus half way down there's the excellent Mont Blanc Legend snow playground. You can't miss it - flags fly furiously in the breeze and banners adorned with marvellous graphics of the evil witch and beautiful sylphs (read the story down at the bottom lift station.) Here little ones can clamber through snow tunnels, slide down carved out ice slides and crawl inside igloos.
There's even a zip wire!
The area is well equipped for families. There are numerous picnic tables and deck chairs as well as a free BBQ - perfect for Spring skiing.
When you leave the 'snowground' the Libellules continues with more hanging targets to jab at and another slider box before finishing at the lift.
My 6 year old will happily bomb both of these greens, slowing at the last minute to manoeuvre into position to jab, bash, duck or slide as necessary. La Flegere also has 3 blue pistes which are fab for kids. The Evettes drops down lower than the lift station and is the only run on La Flégère through the trees (apart from the long black home run which is also epic if snow conditions are right. My 8 year old skis this but you definitely need stamina). The Evettes also takes you down to the liasion cable car to connect to Brévent.
The Evettes is a fab blue piste through the forest. It also links you to the connecting Brévent cable car.
Another blue, the Chavanne, takes you past one of the best mountain buvettes (snack bar) in the valley. A tiny mountain restaurant that takes the name of the piste, The Chavanne, is one of the most perfect spots to soak up the rays and take a break from the piste. This is seriously the spot for spring hangouts, with plenty of deckchairs to relax in. Choose from the local mountain dish, Tartiflette (sliced potatoes cooked with bacon, lashings of cream and bubbling reblochon cheese) cooked outside in a ginormous skillet, or hotdogs or sandwiches. DJ's play every Sat afternoon often accompanied by a saxophonist. The Chavanne is quite a step up in steepness for kids compared to the greens (more like a red in other resorts) but it's a short run with the Chavanne half way.
La Chavanne is a cool little buvette half way down the Chavanne piste where you can soak up the rays and chow on Tartiflette or hotdogs
For intermediate and advanced skiers, the Index high speed chair whisks you up to an altitude of 2595m. La Floria, a drag lift can take you even higher to access some fantastic off-piste terrain.
In our opinion Brévent-Flégère has the best varied terrain in Chamonix for a family of skiers of different ages and abilities. Take it in turn to ski with the kids on the lower slopes while the other challenges themselves on the brilliant natural terrain the mountain holds.
Check out our movie clip below to see just how great this area is. As any ski parent knows, the secret to a fabulous family ski holiday is to keep everyone happy - I think La Flégère has this one in the bag!
GOOD TO KNOW:
Buy a 1 day or a 4 hour pass to access La Flégère. The 'Chamonix Le Pass' ski pass covers you for Brévent-Flégère, Les Grand Montets or Le Tour BUT if you think you can ski in the morning and have enough stamina to do some sightseeing in the afternoon (....debatable with kids but older kids maybe yes) DEFINITELY buy the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, it's a bit more but gives you free access to both the Aiguille du Midi cable car AND the Montenvers train up the Mer du Glace - two famous tourist attractions that you won't want to miss.
Adult 1 day Chamonix Le Pass (valid for Brevent-Flégère, Les Grands Montets or Le Tour) - €50.50
Child (5-14) 1 day Cham Le Pass €42.90
Family pass - 2 adults/2 children - Chamonix Pass - €156.60 (saving of €30.30)
Adult 4 hour Cham Le Pass - €45.00
Child (5-14) 1 day Cham Le Pass - €38.30
Adult - 1 day Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass - €62.00
Child - 1 day Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass - €52.70
Family pass - 2 adults/2 children - Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass - €192.20 (saving of €6.20)
GETTING TO LA FLÉGÈRE:
The bus is only 5 minutes to Le Praz, the village from where the cable car to La Flégère departs. Catch bus numbers 01/02/11 or 12 to get there. Otherwise you can drive and park in the large free car park next to the lift station. Another option is to catch the Brévent cable car up and ski down to the connecting cable car over to La Flégère but this is to be avoided if you have small children who could tire quite easily.
In February La Flégère can have queues both getting up the mountain (and down once the home run closes) so book your tickets online to reduce waiting time.
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