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Known for its 300 days of the sunshine, lively apres bars and outstanding 250km of skiing, this is the perfect resort for families, young groups and sun-seekers.
The resort is ideal for families who are looking for a resort with a large ski area, plenty of places to eat and drink and a vast variety of accommodation. The village itself is covered with buildings spread over open mountainside; architecturally it is not pleasant but the stunning scenery more than makes up for it.
With excellent snow records and a vast ski area Avoriaz Ski Resort is ideal for families and large groups. The resort is traffic-free, except for the odd horse-drawn carriage trekking through, and offers great ski in/ski out access to many of its accommodations, making Avoriaz a very popular ski holiday destination. The Portes du Soleil ski area stretches over 650km of piste across France and Switzerland and remains a strong contender in the battle to become the biggest linked ski area in the world.
Looking for a great value for money ski holiday? Staying in Bourg Saint Maurice has many advantages to help save you money. The cost of apartments is lower than Les Arcs, you can shop in the major supermarkets and a good choice of better value bars and restaurants.
You can get the funicular to Les Arcs every day to enjoy the endless skiing!
If you are looking for value accommodation for the family with access to the 3 Vallees ski area then Brides Les Bains is for you.
Only a 20-minute gondola from Meribel, this quiet, picturesque spa town is traditionally French with a good choice of shops and restaurants.
‘The capital of the Alps’ and off-piste mecca. Sitting at the base of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has six large ski areas spread across the Chamonix valley.
It is a very lively nightlife resort and a plethora of restaurants.
Chatel is a charming village-resort ideal for families. The ski area offers 130km of marked slopes to discover in the heart of the Portes du Soleil.
The resort offers a lot of great opportunities for progressing beginners right through to progressing intermediates.
Situated at only 4 km from Megève and 30 km from Chamonix, Combloux resort is a charming village overlooking Mont Blanc which has a large ski area particularly well adapted to the needs of families.
With incredible skiing, vast ski area and snow guaranteed until the end of March, let Combloux be your hidden ski gem!
Powder White has a huge choice of properties in Courchevel Ski Resort, all conveniently located for the ski lifts and the village centre. For those who love to ski and snowboard all day, you have the whole of the 3 valleys to explore.
Courchevel Valley has some of the best snow conditions in the whole 3 valleys area and there's terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert. Courchevel might have a reputation of only being available for the rich and famous, but the resort is trying hard to dispel this reputation and many of the villages are much more affordable than you might think. Courchevel Moriond (1650) is our favourite village with plenty of nightlife, great access to the slopes and a buzzing atmosphere.
Flaine is a compact purpose-built resort, offering fantastic holiday convenience and a well-deserved reputation for family friendliness.The resort is located at the foot of a big bowl which holds the snow well and also offers access to the extensive Grand Massif ski area.
Flaine is located less than an hour and a half from Geneva Airport. It is mainly car-free and is home to a huge range of self-catering apartments to suit all budgets.
In the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees between France and Spain, Font-Romeu offers scenic views over the surrounding mountain ranges which rise up to over 2900 metres.
Great snow, lots of sunshine, welcoming locals and a vibrant après-ski!
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Located on the France and Italy border, this little-known resort of Isola 2000 is a great sunny resort with great snow record. It has great skiing for all abilities and is one of the top options for skiers and snowboarders who are looking for a quiet destination to enjoy skiing in a cosy and welcoming environment.
La Clusaz is a great option if you are looking for alpine charm and incredible freeriding skiing.
The 125km of ski slopes are particularly well suited to intermediates, but the resort is also fast becoming one of the big names on the freeriding scene.
La Plagne is the heaven for intermediate skiing. The ski area is a paradise with a huge number of blue and red runs and gentle tree-lined pistes to cruise down.
It consists of 11 separate villages and the pistes run from an altitude of 3,250m, meaning that skiers are exposed to the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc and the Massif du Beaufortain.
La Rosiere is a small and friendly family resort with a small ski area of 150km, however, ski queues are virtually unheard of and slopes are uncrowded even during peak weeks.
The resort's compact feel and fantastic ski school make it a great destination for families and beginners.
Located between Annecy, Chamonix and Geneva, The Grand-Bornand ski resort has all the charm of a traditional mountain village and equally all the modern amenities of a world-class ski resort.
90km of pistes that are suited for complete beginners to advanced off-piste abilities, Le Grand Bornand has something for everyone!
Les Arcs is a wonderful, modern resort made up of four self-contained purpose built villages that each offers doorstep access to the fantastic Paradiski area. If you want to be out in town every night, then Arc 1800 is the place for you.
Les Arcs mirrors most of the French purpose-built ski centres in not having a particularly strong apres ski reputation but there is lots of fun to be had on and off the mountain.
Part of the Grand Massif ski area (265km of piste), Les Carroz offers a traditional village atmosphere, with plenty of skiing, non-ski activities and ideal for families.
There are stunning views from the upper village, and the wooded valleys between Les Carroz and Flaine are very beautiful.
The winter season in Les Deux Alpes runs from early December to the end of April, and with its combination of fantastic skiing for all abilities and plenty of non-ski activities, it is easy to see why the resort is so popular with families and large groups. The village sits at 1,650 m and lifts run up to 3,600 m.
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Les Gets is an attractive village in the Portes du Soleil which is fairly quiet, meaning that there are little or no queues for the local lifts.
Portes du Soleil ski lift pass offers 650km of skiing for all abilities, especially beginners.
Les Menuires offers excellent snow and fantastic skiing for all abilities and at a more affordable price tag.
Accommodation is mainly ski-in-out and the town has great facilities for non-skiers too. Situated at 1,800m, just below Val Thorens, the resort has a superb range of pistes.
A small, snowsure, family-friendly ski resort that has kept it's traditional architecture that is flawlessly intertwined with the natural surroundings.
Les Saisies now has 70 km of marked ski runs around the resort along with the skiing in the neighbouring villages of Hauteluce and Bisanne 1500. They now offer night skiing too!
Megève is a chic and picturesque resort within the magnificent Mont Blanc massif and with over 400km of skiable terrain that is well connected with an extensive network.
A haven for foodies as well as skiers, this bustling village has something for everyone, from a Michelin starred restaurant to a large sports complex, outdoor pool and drew taxis.
With Alpine chalet charm, nestled in the centre of the vast Trois Vallees ski area, Meribel Ski Resort often tops the best resorts in the world list for its combination of world-class skiing, amazing in-resort facilities, and a vibrant nightlife. There are a huge amount of restaurants that will meet all needs, from traditional Savoyard food to classic pub grub and ski in, ski out huts hidden in the trees.
The best thing about Meribel is its location. Right in the middle of the Three Valleys, which has a massive 600km of skiable terrain. Meribel rarely disappoints and often captivates. Click and see for yourself...
Montgenevre is a real snow magnet, is part of Italy's massive Milky Way ski circuit, which offers something for all abilities. It also has incredible off piste and stunning 360 views.
There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Montgenèvre are perfectly feasible.
With a rich ski heritage, pristine snow, a rustic Alpine village and acres of interconnected terrain to explore, Morillon is the favoured resort of those who want some quality skiing without the glitz and glamour.
Perfect for family and beginners where 60% of the runs are smooth blues.
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The largest, and arguably best positioned of the Portes de Soleil resorts, Morzine offers easy access to both Les Gets, Avoriaz and all 600km of pistes.
Do not be fooled by its 1000m altitude – it benefits from the Mont Blanc micro-climate, resulting in excellent skiing even at lower levels.
Situated at 1850 metres, Risoul is surrounded by a tremendous larch forest (resulting in great tree skiing!), offers traditional alpine accommodation and provides ideal slopes for beginner and intermediate skiers.
Risoul is a quiet and comfortable place to spend a slightly different ski holiday without sacrificing the quality of skiing during your stay.
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Saint-Gervais-les -Bains is an authentic mountain town, enticing visitors since the 19th century for its natural thermal waters and more predominantly now for its excellent ski area - the vast Evasion Mont-Blanc.
A haven for off-piste and advanced skiers, with quiet pistes and lift queues. It is a great base for visiting resorts such as Tignes, Val d'Isère and Les Arcs.
A six-day lift pass at Sainte-Foy is a refreshing €160*, compared with €250* in other resorts. Perfect for small groups, families and couples.
Samoens is a cute Alpine village located in a picturesque valley, with historic buildings and cobbled streets.
Samones offers a great mix of runs for all abilities in the resort itself and out into rest of the surrounding ski area.
This often overlooked resort is a haven of skiing split into four main villages with a unique combination of traditional and modern architecture. We particularly like Briançon, an ancient Roman town with UNESCO World Heritage Status.
The skiing is equally as impressive. With 250km of pistes and easily accessible off-piste, this is a must for your bucket list and can be accessed in under 2 hours from Turin airport (the resort now officially measures its pistes by area meaning there are 410 hectares of pistes but as this means very little to us, with no other resort we know using this measurement, we're sticking with the kilometres. We just thought we should let you know).
St Martin de Belleville is an unspoilt Savoyard village and a great base for exploring the 3 Valleys, without the price tag and hustle and bustle of the larger resorts.
The ski runs down to the resort are a paradise for intermediates and are well managed with snowmaking facilities later in the season.
If you are looking for an all-rounder resort with snow sure weather and caters for all levels of skier and snowboarder, Tignes is the one for you! It boasts gentle nursery runs for beginners, over 300km of marked piste and unlimited off-piste skiing for the more adventurous. What more could you ask for?
Tignes’ altitude means its snow is almost always in good condition too: especially up on the Grande Motte glacier, where the cover will stay soft and wintry in all but the steamiest spring thaw. As a result, it’s one of the best resorts in the Alps for an Easter skiing holiday.
Val Cenis is composed of two authentic Savoyard villages with a great range of ski abilities. Val Cenis is known for great value and excellent snow record.
Val Cenis is situated at 130 km from Albertville and with the fastest train in the world (TGV) it takes you only 4 hours and 30 minutes from Paris!
Val d'Isere Ski Resort has one of the best snow records around, making it a safe bet throughout the entire season, right up to the end of April!
The ski area is vast as it connects to Tignes with easy access and suitable for all level of ability. Families are made very welcome here, supported by the Famille Plus label by the French government.
Val Thorens is big on the white stuff - as the highest ski resort in Europe at 2300m, it is one of the most snow sure that you can visit in the French Alps. Although perhaps not the most picturesque ski resort, what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in convenience and skiing on offer.
The purpose built village is more or less on the piste and a vast array of local amenities are on the doorstep, with numerous bars and restaurants only a stone's throw away. Ski holidays in Val Thorens are a sure way to get the most out of the snow.
This friendly and welcoming village is full of personality and has 150 km of pisted runs just waiting to be discovered. Perfect for families, small groups and romantic getaways. You can expect a tranquil and charming environment for a great price too!
Here it's all about the skiing, food, value for money and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Valmeinier is the neighbouring resort to Valloire offering a similar calm and friendly atmosphere in the resort and on the mountain. Located at 1500m-2600m, 14 lifts and access to 150km of pistes, this makes Valmeinier an ideal resort for families and beginners.
Valmeinier is also an ideal starting point for hikes into the mountains other non-ski activities.
Valmorel is a typically charming ski resort village built of wood, stone and slate. The ski area extends from 1300 to 2550m in altitude crossing high mountain pastures and steep-faced mountains.
Valmorel is the first resort in the Tarentaise valley, 45 minutes closer than any of the other 3 vallées resorts and only a 25 minute taxi to the Moutier train station.
Vars offers a beautiful range of ski runs and excellent forests which are tremendously well preserved for those powder days!
The town combines the alpine charm with the comfort of a large winter sports resort. Perfect for couples and small groups who want to try a hidden gem resort.
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