In Megève, family holidays have never been so easy! Although the charming alpine village is equipped with numerous adapted facilities, important specialized equipment and a multitude of services for families, Megève makes organizing your holidays in the mountains even easier thanks to valuable advice and numerous precautions to put in place for a successful family vacation.

Megève, the family spirit

Sometimes organizing holidays in the mountains can be tedious, especially when there are children. In Megève, we help you make this challenge not only possible, but also enjoyable thanks to valuable advice that will delight children and calm parents.

First of all, if your child has an ear infection, if he is anemic, that is to say in lack of red blood cells, or if he suffers from a heart murmur, it is strongly advised not to climb to altitude. , it could make the situation worse. So, if you want to go to Megève with an infant, it is advisable to take advice from your pediatrician.

The mountain is tiring, so it is possible that you will find your child exhausted, irritated the first few days, give him time to acclimatize and take the mountain rhythm. If he's tired and sleeps a lot, don't force him, let him find his rhythm.

Once you have settled into your certified Esprit Famille accommodation, everything is done to ensure that your family stay goes smoothly. Our establishments offer you a personalized welcome, adapted facilities, specialized equipment and above all a multitude of services for your family to make your stay easier. So, who said that going on vacation in the mountains with the family was too complicated?

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Our advice in winter:

  • Children are more sensitive to the cold than adults because they move less and their thermostat is not yet mature. Protect them with warm and appropriate clothing, and don't forget the extremities of the body: heads, hands and feet.
  • Take the cold into account when organizing your outings and activities: favor “hot” hours, between 11 a.m. and 15 p.m. (also avoid staying cold for too long)
  • Avoid leaving your child with damp or wet clothes
  • Plan enough clothes because sometimes one night is not enough to dry the wet clothes of the day before.
  • If you gain altitude, take steps to acclimatize your child's ears (count a break every 300m of elevation gain and a slow pace of around 50KM/h)
  • The pure air of our mountains is often drier than in the plains, so remember to humidify the room where your child sleeps with a damp cloth
  • Do not overheat the room: 19°C is enough!
  • On the food side, between the cold and the dryness of the air, your child will need to drink and eat more than usual.
  • Avoid exposing your child to direct sunlight. Use high factor sunscreen with application every 2 hours, glasses and a cap
  • In case of hypothermia, your child's skin remains colored. If he loses his appetite or you have any doubts, take his temperature: below 36°C, consult a doctor immediately
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Our advice in summer:

  • Avoid exposing your children too long to the sun
  • Remember to wear sunscreen every two hours
  • Always make sure your child wears a cap or hat
  • Don't forget to protect your child's eyes with category 3 or 4 CE-marked sunglasses. If necessary, tie them around the head with a special cord to prevent curious little hands from catch them
  • The air is dry in the mountains and the little ones get dehydrated quickly: make them drink regularly during breaks
  • During walks, adapt to your child's pace and take regular breaks with hydration and small snacks (dried fruit, cereal bars, fruit). Also remember to take a windbreaker and a fleece for the breaks, the bottom of the air is often fresh in the mountains
  • Any child carried on the shoulders or in a back baby carrier must change position regularly and stretch their legs to activate the blood circulation slowed down by the sitting position.
  • Wear them comfortably (high and non-slip walking shoes and not sneakers)
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Our advice for a successful family ski day:

  • Rent equipment adapted to the level of practice and the size of your child
  • It is strongly recommended for children to wear a ski helmet as they have no awareness of the danger
  • Remember to dress your child well with warm and waterproof clothes, as well as take a change of clothes (socks and gloves in particular)
  • Always accompany your child on the slopes, paths and play areas and choose descents adapted to his level of practice.
  • Don't force your child to ski if they don't feel like it
  • Remember to put on sunscreen and lip stick to protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun on the snow
  • Avoid skiing with a baby, either on your back or on your stomach, because in the event of a fall, you could seriously injure him. In addition, baby could be too cold.
  • Children are quickly tired by physical exertion and the cold, so it is important to take breaks, for example warm in a restaurant at altitude. It will also be an opportunity to share a delicious hot chocolate and find out how your child feels about his first sensations of skiing!

Getting around the village of Megève with a baby

Have you decided to go for a little walk in winter with baby? Prefer a 4×4 stroller with blanket and hood protecting from the wind. The front or back baby carrier can cause compression in the arms and legs of your little one which, over the hours, can cool down considerably with blood circulation slowed down by the seated position. On the other hand in summer, when you no longer need to control the temperature of your little one, the baby carrier is ideal for venturing out to discover the village or the Megève mountains.

In Megève, the village is perfectly accessible to pushchairs, even in winter thanks to snow removal carried out every day. In summer, the motorable paths are also passable with a 4×4 stroller, ideal for venturing out for a walk in the mountain pastures! And because a car-free resort is a resort that breathes, in Megève the car can stay in the car park! Served by a network of free shuttles accessible by stroller, it is very easy to discover the village and its surroundings without the constraints that go with it: taking the car, folding the stroller, putting baby in his car seat, finding a place...

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