Summer holidays in the Alps: eight great ideas

Winter ski holidays in the Alps can be extortionate but come summer prices tumble and there are bargains to be had on both activities and a huge choice of accommodation

Chamonix is a great place to take very young children: because it’s a proper, good-sized town it has lots of facilities and activities aimed at residents as well as tourists. For example, the Richard Bozon sports centre near the Olympic centre has a heated indoor pool, with dedicated hour-long sessions for different age groups on Saturday mornings. The town’s library has a vast kids’ area, there are creches and babysitting services (see and on Thursday mornings there’s a baby playgroup at the church near the railway station.

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