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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 the most appealing but the stunning scenery more than makes up for it.
With excellent snow records and a vast ski area Avoriaz Ski Resort is an ideal choice for everyone. The resort is traffic-free, except for the odd horse-drawn carriage trekking through, and offers great ski in/ski out access to the vast majority of its accommodation.
As part of the infamous Portes du Soleil, the skiing 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.
Bourg St Maurice is a wonderful traditional French valley town situated at the heart of the Savoie region giving a huge choice of ski options, the closest of which is Les Arcs. If you are looking for a great value for money ski holiday, then this wonderful town may just be for you.
The cost of apartments is lower than the local ski resorts (which also include La Rosiere, Ste Foy, Val d'Isere & Tignes) you can do your very own ski safari on a minimal budget. And with great value bars and restaurants, it is a new experience that we would highly recommend.
If you are looking for great value accommodation for the family with access to the huge 3 Vallees ski area then Brides Les Bains might just be for you.
This wonderful traditional French town, famous for its spas in the summer, is only a 20-minute gondola from Meribel. From here you can access the neighbouring resorts of Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin. It comes highly recommended it is a great option for those looking for a ski safari type of holiday at a great price.
Known as ‘The capital of the Alps’, Chamonix really is every back-country skiers dream, offering an off-piste mecca and wonderful traditional town for those looking for real French authenticity. Its also the gateway to the phenominal Vallee Blanche!
Sitting at the base of Mont Blanc, it has six large ski areas spread across the whole Chamonix valley. With its lively nightlife and huge array of restaurants, it really is a super choice!
Chatel is a charming village situated in the vast Portes du Soleil. The ski area offers a huge amount of skiing and linking into the neighbouring resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets amongst others, there really is something for everyone.
There are a lot of great opportunities for everyone and this village offers a wonderful option to be a little bit off the beaten track and is perhaps best loved by locals and families alike who like to keep this hidden gem a little bit secret!
Situated at only 4 km from Megève and 30 km from Chamonix, Combloux resort is a charming village overlooking Mont Blanc which has its own large ski area particularly well adapted to the needs of families.
With incredible skiing, a vast ski area and true traditional Alpine style, Combloux really is a hidden gem and could just be the resort for you at an affordable price.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and chic resorts of all, Courchevel Ski Resort offers everything one could want from a resort of this calibre. Spread over 4 villages of 1850, 1650 (Moriond), 1550 and Le Praz, as part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, it probably is the ultimate choice.
A truly bucket-list resort so make sure you tick this one off and whilst you're there, tick off the neighbouring ski resorts of Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin!
Flaine is a hugely popular choice, perfect for those looking for short transfer times and complete ski convenience. This compact purpose-built resort has a well-deserved reputation for family friendliness and is located at the foot of a big bowl which holds the snow well and which 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. Definitely one to try!
In the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees between France and Spain, Font-Romeu is a wonderful scenic resort offering a great area for skiing rising up to over 2900 metres.
Great snow, lots of sunshine, welcoming locals and a vibrant après-ski means this is a great option if you're looking to try somewhere new. It really does come highly recommended, is great value and one of those little hidden gems which you won't regret visiting.
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Located close to the border between Italy and France, this wonderful resort is set far south, part of the Alpes-Maritimes mountain range.
This little-known, but superb, resort is in a wonderfully sunny location but also boasts a great snow record. It has wonderful 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. Situated just 90 minutes from Nice Airport, it is understandably popular with the locals and residents of the beautiful South of France.
La Clusaz is a great option if you are looking for alpine charm and incredible skiing within easy access to Geneva airport. With our vast range of accommodation options with short-stay availability, we are sure to have something right for you.
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. A real hidden gem!
La Plagne is absolute heaven for intermediate skiers and families alike. With its glacier, the ski area is a paradise with a huge number of blue and red runs and super off-piste options. The single larges ski area in the world, it links with Les Arcs meaning the options available are vast.
La Plagne itself consists of 11 separate villages, some modern, some wonderfully traditional however they all offer superb access to this incredible area at an affordable price.
La Rosiere is a small and friendly family resort with an exclusive ski area of 150km and ski queues 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 and with something for everyone, this great value resort really is a superb option for those looking to avoid some of the larger, more crowded resorts.
La Tania is a wonderful, most attractive resort created for the 1992 Olympics held in Chambery. This primarily chalet orientated resort has been built with tradition in mind and sits beautifully between Courchevel and Meribel providing unrivalled and quick access into the huge Three Valleys ski circuit.
With a huge range of accommodation options, there is something for everyone and it provides a bit more of a "hidden gem" way of accessing perhaps the largest ski area in the world.
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 seven self-villages that each offers doorstep access to the fantastic Paradiski area. Each village has so much to offer and if you want to be out on town every night, then Arc 1800 is the place for you!
It really is the most superb ski area and with huge investment over recent years, its become a real rival for some of its close neighbours who have perhaps stood a little still due to their "big name". With its vast offering and something for everyone approach, it has fast become one of our most popular resorts.
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 absolutely beautiful. This is a great option for those looking for something off the beaten track but who yet seek a huge ski area to enjoy.
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 apres- ski scene is legendary.
The village sits at 1,650 m and lifts run up to 3,600 m. There is fantastic skiing for all abilities and this is the gateway to the incredible La Grave ski area - the ultimate ski area for only the very best skiers, only recommended for the best!
Les Gets is one of the traditional villages in the Portes du Soleil and links into the neighbouring resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz. It is perhaps one of the quieter villages meaning minimal queues and uncrowded pistes in the immediate area.
Popular with the locals, it is a friendly and welcoming village which has much to offer and is extremely popular with families and/or those looking to access this huge area on a bit of a budget. Well worth a try!
Les Menuires offers excellent snow and fantastic skiing for all abilities and at a more affordable price tag. And with access to the huge 3 Valleys ski circuit, this is a great gateway resort to consider.
Due to its location, most of the accommodation is 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 and something for everyone.
A small, snowsure, family-friendly ski resort that has kept it's traditional architecture that is flawlessly intertwined with the natural surroundings, Les Saissies is a superb option for those looking for something a little off the beaten track.
With its 70 km of marked ski runs around the resort itself along with the skiing in the neighbouring villages of Hauteluce and Bisanne 1500, it has so much offer and with its recent addition of night skiing, really is becoming increasingly popular.
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Megève is perhaps the most chic and picturesque resort within the magnificent Mont Blanc Massif ski area. With over 400km of skiable terrain that is well connected with an extensive network, it offers absolutely beautiful surroundings with the most incredible tree-lined pistes.
A haven for foodies as well as skiers, this world-renowned village has something everyone, from Michelin starred restaurants to a large sports complex, outdoor pool and horse-drawn taxis. Megeve is worth a visit and a total treat for anyone.
With Alpine chalet charm, set in the heart 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, instant ski access opens you up to the largest ski area in the world. Meribel rarely disappoints and often captivates. Click and see for yourself...
Montgenevre is a real snow magnet and forms part of France & Italy's massive Milky Way ski circuit. There is something for everyone and with great affordability, really is a resort which should be ticked off your list.
There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Montgenèvre are perfectly feasible. And with its great snow-record and super traditional bars and local restaurants, you are sure to love this wonderful resort.
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. Or the price tag!
Perfect for family and beginners where 60% of the runs are smooth blues, it links into the Grand Massif ski area so there is plenty of skiing for everyone. Popular with locals, friendly & welcoming, this is a great option for those looking for something a little off the beaten track.
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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. It is perhaps more of a wonderful traditional French town than a ski resort, but its ambiance and welcome is absolutely second to none.
Do not be fooled by its 1000m altitude – it benefits from the Mont Blanc micro-climate, resulting in excellent skiing even at lower levels. With a multitude of bars and restaurants, it is a super option for those looking for a bit of everything.
If your priorities are for a great ski area and convenient accommodation then you can't go far wrong with Oz en Oisans. Directly linked with the 248km of skiing in sunny Alpe d'Huez, Oz is the perfect family ski retreat.
With huge investment over recent years, this ski in ski out pedestrianised village provides a superb option for those looking for access to great skiing at an affordable price and slightly off the beaten track.
The largest ski area in the Southern Alps (Alps de Haute Provence), Pra Loup is fantastic for families and surrounded by stunning scenery. Larch forest covers much of the slopes making for great tree skiing. Plus at 1600m it's high with north-facing slopes giving good snow reliability.
Fashionable with French skiers for years, Pra Loup is a relative unknown for the British Market and a refreshing change to the major French ski resorts.
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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.
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.
Samoens 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 France (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 ski resorts that you can visit in the French Alps. Plus, the entire resort is more or less ski-in, ski out coupled with being part of the largest linked ski area in world (the3 Valleys) and you have yourself a very appealing ski resort.
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.
A small village in the Maurienne Valley, Valfrejus has a laid back vibe and a great mix of slopes. A forest covers the lower slopes with open pistes up high. The longest run is a real leg burner at 13km with 1,187m of vertical descent.
Expect a hassle-free, ski holiday with options to visit numerous resorts nearby on the lift pass.
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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