Even if you’ve never been skiing before, it’s easy to understand its appeal.
Swooshing down tree-lined slopes sporting the latest gear, enjoying eye-popping scenery, bonding with friends and family over hot chocolate, vin chaud, cold beer and cocktails, consuming lip-smacking cuisine and toasting your fee by the fireplace in the evening sounds rather good indeed!
The French Alps is arguably the world’s most wonderful area for wintersports and it’s permeated by picture-postcard resorts that are each as unique as individual snowflakes.
If you’re a first timer on the pistes, choosing the right location can be a conundrum, but reading about the following four fantastique French ski resorts should solve the problem.
- Val d’Isère
An attractive snow-sure resort located at 1850m high in the Tarentaise Valley, Val d’Isère has some superb black and off-piste skiing for advanced enthusiasts, but there are plenty of red and blue runs for intermediates as well as nursery slopes and green pistes for beginners. The accommodation options are awesome, the scenery is sublime and the après-ski is legendary too!
Tip: La Folie Douce in Val has excellent après-ski.
If you fancy being based in a traditional Alpine town that oozes charm, Morzine is a great pick. Nestled in the Chablais mountains between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, this resort is part of the famous Portes du Soleil ski area and has a range of runs for all aptitudes, as well as alternative activities like toboggan runs and night sledding.
Tip: L’Aiglon de Morzine is a comfy apartment-style accommodation option and even has an inhouse spa.
- Alpe d’Huez
For a family-friendly, high-altitude resort with stunning scenery, it’s hard to see past Alpe d’Huez. Located in the Oisans Valley at 1860m, this destination is also known as L’Isle Au Soleil because it typically receives over 300 hours of sunshine a year. There are spas and après-ski attractions aplenty for adults, and kids are catered for by ski schools, an open-air ice rink and a fun sledging area.
Tip: Erna Low can create a perfect customised skiing holiday in Alpe d’Huez for your group.
Located in the Grand Massif ski area, Samoens is unique as it’s the only French mountain resort classed as a national heritage site by the government. Its church dates from the 12th Century and when you wander around its pedestrianised town centre, you’ll notice the beautiful stonemasonry which it’s famous for. There are plenty of wooded blue and red runs for beginner and intermediate skiers and Residence Alexane Ski Apartments is a lovely place to stay here.
Tip: Indiana Parc is a wonderful children’s adventure area with zip lines, rope swings and more!
Choose whichever of these four French ski resorts best floats your boat and you’ll soon be having the time of your life in a winter wonderland!
What’s your favourite French ski resort? Tell us in the comments section.
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