Massif des Vosges - Souvenir d'enfant
Massif des Vosges - Souvenir d'enfant
Experiences Winter getaways

A rush of snowy memories

Read time : 3min

An account from Jules, age 7 and (future) Olympic gold medallist in Alpine skiing.

This is the first time that the whole family is going on a winter sports holiday. Jules’s parents chose the Vosges Mountains for its family-friendly resorts and the wide variety of activities on offer for children. Little by little, Jules discovers a paradise of white where he can unleash his (beginner’s) talents as a skier.

Massif des Vosges - Descente en luge
Massif des Vosges - Descente en luge © Thomas DEVARD

In both summer and winter, the 10 resorts of the Vosges bend over backwards to welcome families.  

First snow

“Grandma, just like I promised, I’m writing you letters to tell you about our skiing holiday with Dad, Mom and Augustine. First, I wanted to talk to you about Fred, my favourite instructor at ski school. He’s teaching us how to ski on the bunny slopes for now, but I think one morning soon I’ll be able to ski with the big kids.”

The ESF Piou-Piou Clubs are play areas where little ones can learn skiing skills while getting accustomed to the slopes.

Massif des Vosges - Première Neige
Massif des Vosges - Première Neige

There are ESF ski schools in several of the resorts of the Vosges Mountains.

Station du Lac Blanc - Snowboard enfant
Station du Lac Blanc - Snowboard enfant

Snowball effect on my snowboard

"Tomorrow I start snowboarding! I’m a little worried that I’ll fall down in front of my friends, but Fred says that falling is how we learn. We’ll see. I also wanted to tell you that Augustine was so annoying today! Mom signed her up for the Piou-Piou Club for the morning and then she wouldn’t stop talking about "Blanchot" and "Titourson".

Gérardmer - Spa-Sauna Grand Hôtel

A word from Jules’s mother

"Mom, this mountain is so great! We get plenty of fresh air and the kids are having a ball. This afternoon, we’re going to the spa as a couple while Jules and Augustine are in ski school. I can’t wait to show you all our photos."

Massif des Vosges - Activités neige
Massif des Vosges - Activités neige

Discover fun and supervised activities to enjoy the snow as a family, available all throughout the Vosges Mountains.


“I got my first snowflake skiing medal, Grandma! Dad took some videos, so you can see me link the turns like a champion and skid just like on TV. As a reward, we’re all going to build an igloo and go yoonering this afternoon. It’s a sort of half-sled, half-ski that slides on the snow. I’m so happy here and I don’t want to go home.”

Massif des Vosges - Freestyle
Massif des Vosges - Freestyle

There are sporting events all winter long in the Vosges Mountains. Check out our calendar to stay up to date.

Today, it’s freestyle

“It’s our last day, and to finish this great week, Dad and I are going to an awesome competition: a freestyle contest. The snowboarders launch in the air and do incredible tricks. I’m so excited to go and I hope that one day it will be me up there.”