Winter brings a whole new meaning to the word holiday. While there is still winter sun to be found in various locations, many families are embracing the snowy weather and planning ski holidays.
When it comes to ski holidays France has some of the best destinations in the world for it. With miles of alpine pistes and runs suitable for all levels of ability, the options are broad when it comes to finding the perfect ski resort just across the channel. France also boasts some of the best après ski in the world, with top-class restaurants and buzzing nightlife to keep everyone happy. Here are just a few of the best French resorts to help you find your perfect winter getaway.
Les Deux Alpes
The popular resort of Les Deux Alpes has around 225km of perfect piste runs. The highest lift is at 3.600m, guaranteeing you powdery soft snow all season. The area has a permanent glacier, which offers skiing all year round, but the resort really comes to life in the winter, when holidaymakers arrive to enjoy the snowy fun.
This resort suits skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, with plenty of nursery runs and beginner’s slopes. Alongside this are some of the most dramatic off-piste areas for the experts, linking into the high-adrenaline area of La Grave.
Tignes and Val D’Isere
With over 330km of runs and an altitude of almost 3.5km, the Tignes and Val D’Isere area is one of the best for winter sports in all of France. Tignes boasts the biggest glacier skiing in the country while nearby Val D’Isere has plenty of snow-sure skiing available, too. The joint space is known as Esapce Killy, and overall has an incredible 90 lifts available to take you up to the runs.
Val is a more traditional ski area, with historic buildings and quaint chalets. Tignes is a largely purpose-built resort offering various communities at level altitude. Both resorts offer unrivalled ski and snowboard facilities for all abilities, as well as some excellent après ski dining and entertainment
The resort of Avoriaz is a destination to surpass all expectations. Perched on a shelf above a high cliff, this purpose-built resort is a favourite with young adults and teens from all over the world. It is favourably close to the Portes du Soleil circuit and has a number of excellent local slopes. The lack of wheeled vehicles only adds to its appeal, and the excellent children’s facilities means it is a firm favourite with all the family.
Although it is a modern resort, the village has its own contemporary charms. The angular, high-rise buildings are functional and attractive, and the atmosphere is one of fun and friendliness, both day and night. On site is the Village des Enfants which takes children from age three and has outstanding facilities.
Wherever you book your next ski holiday, make sure it’s in France. Low prices, excellent facilities and a short distance from the UK, all make the French slopes a firm number one choice for families and skiers of all ages and abilities.
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