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Which Ski Resort in the French Alps to Choose?

Val D'Isere

 

One of the liveliest and best-loved of French ski resorts, Val d'Isere offers a ski holiday with reliable snow, wide open spaces, infinitely varied terrain - and great nightlife. From a small farming village, Val d'Isere has evolved into an exciting, modern ski resort without losing any of its charm and atmosphere. Both on and off the slopes Val d'Isere really does provide something for everyone.

  • Pistes: 87 Easy | 41 Intermediate | 26 Difficult
  • Lifts 85: 2 Funiculars | 3 Cable Cars | 6 Gondolas | 43 Chairlifts | 31 Drag Lifts
  • 2 Snow Parks 

Val Thorens

 

Val Thorens – one of the three principal resorts that make up the 3 Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world – has many claims to fame.  Not only is it the highest point in the 3 Valleys, but Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, with virtually the entire skiing area being above 2000m.  It has one of the most enviable snow records in the Alps, one of the longest seasons (usually mid-November to early May), and even the highest nightclub in Europe! Take in the exceptional views of the incredible Glacier de Péclet from the Cime de Caron, reached by one of the biggest cable cars in the world, described as ‘the most beautiful view in the Alps’ by the Michelin Green Guide.

  • Pistes: 172 Easy | 125 Intermediate | 33 Difficult
  • Lifts: 3 Funiculars | 4 Cable Cars | 33 Gondolas | 64 Chairlifts | 44 Drag Lifts | 20 Magic Carpets
  • 4 Snow Parks | Glacier Skiing

Valmorel

 

Nestled on the edge of forests covering the sides of the Cheval Noir Mountain, Valmorel is a typically charming ski resort village, with wonderful Alpine architecture. With low, attractive buildings and a traffic-free village, a charming village square and numerous courtyards, it rivals the best Swiss resorts! Valmorel has a reputation as a family resort but there is also some excellent off-piste skiing.

  • Pistes: 14 Green, 25 Blue, 11 Red, 5 Black
  • Ski Lifts: 50
  • Snow range: 165km

 

Grand Massif

 

A hidden gem that’s perfect for people looking for a traditional Alpine winter experience, with particular appeal for beginners, families and intermediates. In the heart of the Alps, midway between Chamonix and Geneva (just one hour away). The ski area offers tremendous variety, with 148 runs, 265 kms of piste, 218 snow cannons and with 80% of slopes facing north. One sweeping scenic run that will appeal to skiers of all abilities is the 14 kms Cascades from the top of the Flaine gondola, that will take you across a mountain top, through wooded slopes and past waterfalls down to Sixt.

  • Snow Range: 265km (135 pistes)
  • Pistes: 148 - 14 Black runs, 50 Red runs, 64 Blue runs, 20 Green
  • Lifts: 67

Meribel

 

With Courchevel to the east and Val Thorens to the west, the international resort of Méribel is the ideal base from where to explore the 3 Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world. The wide range of long, unchallenging green and blue runs, supported by a fast, modern yet continually improving ski lift system, gives new and intermediate skiers the ideal opportunity to perfect their technique. Beginners, in particular, have plenty of uncrowded nursery slopes at both village level and higher up, while advanced skiers can tackle the infamous Courchevel couloirs and the Chanrossa bumps. The views are stunning, as you would expect, and nowhere more so than from Roc de Fer, where you can soak up a magnificent panorama that includes Mont Blanc. The more adventurous will no doubt visit Element Park and DC Area 43, two of the finest snowparks in Europe, where you can learn freestyle or jumps.

  • Pistes: 172 Easy | 125 Intermediate | 33 Difficult
  • Lifts 183: 3 Cable Cars |37 Gondolas | 69 Chairlifts |74 Drag Lifts
  • 4 Snow Parks

Tignes

 

High in the scenic French Alps, a ski holiday to Tignes offers snow-sure slopes and a superb ski area. Beginners and expert skiers love this fabulous high-altitude location. Tignes centres around three small villages sitting high above the tree line. The highlight of the ski area is the magnificent Grande Motte glacier with its excellent runs back to the resort. The long runs down to Tignes-Les-Brevieres are a popular choice, with the many restaurants perfect for lunch on the terrace.

  • Pistes:  87 Easy | 41 Intermediate | 26 Difficult
  • Lifts 85: 2 Funiculars | 3 Cable Cars | 6 Gondolas | 43 Chairlifts | 31 Drag Lifts
  • 2 Snow Parks | 5* Snowboarding

L`Alpe d`Huez

 

Alpe d'Huez is one of Europe's premier skiing venues.  With 249 km of piste and 84 ski lifts, the resort is now one of the world's largest. Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine has 300 days of sunshine a year, so you can enjoy skiing in the best weather possible.  Whether you are a keen skier, a beginner or a lover of mountain life, Alpe d'Huez has something for everyone. With 800km of ski slopes for a range of abilities, you can bring your family and friends and rest assured that there will be something for everyone. Wherever you stay, you will be mesmerised by the views of from the top of Pic Blanc which offers breath-taking panoramas of the Alps.

  • Pistes: 38 Easy | 68 Intermediate | 17 Difficult
  • Lifts: 2 Funiculars | 3 Cable Cars | 12 Gondolas | 5 Chairlifts | 38 Drag Lifts | 6 Magic Carpets
  • 2 Snow Parks | Glacier Skiing

 

Les Arcs

 

Not one but four modern, purpose-built resorts, each self-contained with bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a range of après-ski activities. With varied and challenging skiing, and sweeping pistes and forested routes, skiers and boarders of all abilities are well catered for. There’s also a snow park for the budding or experienced freestyler, and also the opportunity for tobogganing, paragliding, heli-skiing and speed riding (an explosive hybrid of paragliding and freestyle skiing that will appeal to adrenalin junkies).

  • Pistes: 140 Easy | 65 Intermediate | 37 Difficult
  • Lifts: 1 Funicular | 5 Cable Cars | 16 Gondolas | 51 Chairlifts | 65 Drag Lifts | 12 Magic Carpets
  • 2 Snow Parks, Glacier Skiing

Les Deux Alpes

 

Spread out along the valley in this historic and charming village, lifts are found every few hundred yards, so you are never far away from one. Ski slopes run down both sides of the resort, which sits in a high-altitude valley joining the 'two alps' of Venosc and Mont de Lans. The resort is ideal for non-skiers as it gives access to both the glacier and Venosc by gondola. A funicular passes through the ice to La Meije glacier (3570 metres) where there are breathtaking views and superb snow conditions. One of France’s oldest ski resorts, this vibrant and fashionable winter sports paradise will not disappoint. 

  • Pistes: 61 Easy | 21 Intermediate | 11 Difficult
  • Lifts: 2 Funiculars | 1 Cable Car | 4 Gondolas | 20 Chairlifts | 22 Drag Lifts | 3 Magic Carpets
  • 1 Snow Park

La Plagne

One of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, La Plagne offers some of the most exciting & varied high-altitude skiing in Europe. Beginners start out on the broad nursery slopes and soon graduate to a vast theatre of blue runs, which give second-week skiers the chance to spread their wings and discover the thrill of high-mileage skiing. Experts set their sights on the Bellecôte Glacier with its superb long black runs and untracked powder slopes - a rare chance to ski descents of more than 2000 metres.

  • Pistes: 19 Black | 33 Red | 67 Blue | 9 Green
  • 2 glaciers | 1 snow park | 3 boarder cross | 1 half pipe | 1 toboggan runs
  • Lifts: 94 lifts | Vanoise Express cable cars | 1 funitel l 9 gondolas | 31 Chairlifts | 33 Drag Lifts | 16 telecords + fils neige | 2 tapis roulants

Serre-Chevalier

 

For a truly authentic French alpine skiing experience, look no further than Serre Chevalier in the southern Alps, one of the top skiing and snowboarding destinations in Europe.  The scenery is spectacular even by winter sports standards, with two-thirds of the resort covered in trees and jaw-dropping views over the Ecrins mountains, the Italian Alps and even Mont Blanc.  With many stunning tree-lined runs to enjoy, you will never forget the sheer thrill of skiing through snow-laden larch trees under a clear blue sky.  And be sure to try the thigh-burning Vauban red run that surprisingly finishes in the main shopping street of nearby Briancon.

  • Pistes: 55 Easy | 44 Intermediate | 17 Difficult
  • Lifts: 1 Cable Car | 6 Gondolas | 21 Chairlifts | 30 Drag Lifts | 4 Magic Carpets
  • 1 Snow Park

 

Call our Ski Experts on  0800 707 6229 and let our expert team take care of your next Ski Holiday!

 

  • 18th January 2019
  • Martina Gardeva, Digital Marketing Executive