8 Beautiful Places to Go Skiing in France
Skiing holidays can offer the visitor more choice than ever before. Ski resorts are investing in modernised chair lifts, pretty Alpine accommodation and a variety of great restaurants to suit all budgets. Spending the days exploring the mountains on skis followed by relaxing in comfortable accommodation offers a holiday in which you can leave your day to day existence behind.
These holiday destinations will offer you a fantastic skiing experience alongside the most breathtaking scenery.
8. Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is a long narrow village sited in a valley. It is not a traditional Alpine village and it seems to have evolved rather than have been planned. It does however offer excellent year round skiing due to its proximity to a glacier and a great selection of affordable hotels. There are a number of ski schools offering instruction for beginners. There are slopes for all abilities and great off-piste skiing however there is a lack of woodland runs.
7. Les Portes du Soleil
Les Portes du Soleil offers one of the largest skiing areas available encompassing five Swiss resorts and seven French resorts. There is terrain to suit all abilities of skier and many different sports including kite skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding.
At its highest point, skiing takes place at 2400 km which enables the sport to take place from December through to April. The lower slopes have snow-making capabilities to extend the season. Most of the villages are linked by chairlift, with just a few linked by bus. Accommodation can be found to cater for all tastes and budgets.
6. Les Arcs
There are four villages in the resort which offer a mix of affordable hotels and luxury accommodation. There are a range of slopes which offer great skiing and the opportunity to go off-piste including woodland skiing. Food can be expensive, so shop around, but other sports on offer include ice skating, bobsleigh, horse riding and helicopter rides. There are also some spas for easing those bruises after a fun day’s skiing. La Plagne is within easy reach to offer different skiing experiences.
5. La Plagne
La Plagne offers ten purpose-built small villages which vary in character and are very busy during the ski season. They are at different altitudes and those at lower altitudes do not always offer good snow. The slopes offered include a variety of intermediate and beginner slopes with good off-piste slopes.
There are some flat places that snowboarders might find difficult to navigate but there are also parks for freestyling. Some of the older buildings are undergoing modernisation. Visitors can now access the Olympic bobsleigh run for a different winter sport experience.
4. Les Trois Vallees
The Meribel area is a great base for exploring Les Trois Vallees on skis. This resort offers one of the largest number of ski runs in Europe and there is a variety of slopes catering for all types of skier. Those looking for a budget holiday, or younger families looking for quieter nights could look at villages lower down the slopes. There is high quality ski tuition available and a selection of restaurants and cafes to relax in at the end of the day.
Snow is guaranteed in Tignes because of the resort height although it is also above the tree line so there are no woodland runs. Some of the architecture is dated but it is gradually being replaced with alpine style accommodation. There are some good snowboarding runs. The resort is affordable, offering some excellent accommodation for a reasonable price. There is a good transport link to Val d’Isere.
Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1924. It is enjoyed particularly by experienced skiers who are confident enough to go off-piste. The mountain views are spectacular and there is a tram to take visitors up Aiguille du Midi over 9000 feet. This can cause some people problems with altitude, but the views are worth it. The Flegere cable car also accesses some fine Alpine walks. Chamonix is a popular ski resort which is not cheap but offers some of the most exciting skiing for confident skiers.
1. Val d’Isere
Snow is usually guaranteed because of the resort’s closeness to the Grande Motte glacier. The resort caters for all levels of skier from beginner to the more experienced. It has the reputation of being expensive and certainly there is a level of luxury offered from the top class hotels, but there are also private chalets and budget accommodation available. The resort is very busy with around 65000 visitors a week reported in high skiing season, but it does offer fantastic off terrain and snowboarding facilities as well.
This guest post was contributed by Peak Transfer
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