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“My Kids had a great summer”

Village des Enfants
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed for 2 weeks in Avoriaz and we have registered our kids for a full week. They have clubs for different age groups. Mine were in a 3-5 y.o, 9-11 y.o and the teen group 14-16 y.o.

The staff speak good english and of course French. They have morning and/or afternoon activities that varies to the age group. (escrime, trekking, climbing, tennis, horse riding, football, rafting etc.) The teen age they make all together the program of the week. All in all, they all had a wonderful time. It gave us the parents also time on our own and time with our kids for Lunch and for evening activities as all stops at 5 ( except for the teen group that may have a BBQ evening here and there all together).

It was convenient, safe, professionally organized. This was a fantastic summer ... Thank you Village des Enfants.

The bad note, is that they have used an outsourced photographer for the pictures and their prices are crazy (10 EUR per photo). This is way out of range!

1  Thank Vince1969
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Just got back from a week in Avoriaz where our 3 boys (aged 8, 6 and 4) had their first introduction to skiing. We had booked them into the Village des Enfants for 5 days (Mon - Fri) using their website and were slightly apprehensive for many reasons.... Would the classes be full of French kids? Would the instructors speak English? Would the kids be in separate groups? Would they enjoy it? As it happened, we were worrying unnecessarily. Sure the instructors were French, most of the kids were French, the apres ski entertainment was all in French. Did our kids care? Not a jot. They LOVED it. They were put in 3 separate groups according to age, which, although initially we would have liked them all to be together, was the right thing to do. The instructors spoke enough English to make themselves understood and were well able to switch between English and French during the lessons to communicate with the 2 nationalities in the classes. The facilities for the very little kids (e.g. our 4 year old) are great... a lovely gentle intro to skiing. A big bonus is that they have a large building - like a nursery - to do lunches, apres ski care and bad weather care (!). We had rotten weather the week we were there and it was great that the kids had somewhere to go when the weather got too wet and windy for skiing.

A couple of little niggles from a parents perspective:
1) when we booked on the website for "5 days without meals", we assumed that meant that we had child care from 9.00 till 5.30. The website specifically says "We welcome children from the age of 3 from 9:00 am. to 5:30 pm" and "We look after them non-stop until 5:30 pm.". We therefore turned up at 9.30 for their first ski lesson with packed lunches for them as we had chosen the "without meals" option. Turns out that if you don't pay for meals then you have to collect them at 12 and return them for the afternoon session at 1.30. Sending them in with a packed lunch is not an option! That really was not made clear to us at all. The lady at reception thought we were mad when we explained our understanding of what we'd paid for. She put it down to a difference in "culture" in the end. We ended up paying extra (a not insignificant extra €27 per day for the 3 of them) so that we had cover for the whole day. The meals they provided by the way were excellent.

2) they provide "free" apres-ski care so instead of picking the kids up at 4pm at the end of their afternoon lesson, you can collect at 5.30pm and they will be given tea and entertainment. This sounded great to us. It can be tricky when you're skiing yourself to get back to a specific location by a specific time. We thought this option would give us some flexibility in getting back to the resort so we're not watching the clock all afternoon. However, when we went to pick them up at 4.30 one day we were told we had to wait till 5.30. They literally would not let us collect our kids! The rule is that you can collect at 4pm or at 5.30pm but not in between. We thought this was a silly rule - they're our kids and we want them back!! So we ended up clock watching the afternoon after all as we didn't want to leave them till 5.30 having dumped them at 9.30!

But despite these little niggles ... overall it was a big success and we'd definitely recommend them.

5  Thank JPickers
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