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The Alps

The French Alps have long been a favourite holiday destination for British visitors. The grandeur of arguably one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth draws hundreds of thousands of skiers and alpiners to its lofty peaks each year. Even if you skied there every winter for the rest of your life you could not hope to discover all of its secrets.

From the picturesque rustic alpine hamlets to the mighty Chamonix the choices laid out for you are vast. There are more than one hundred fantastically groomed resorts. France is very safety conscious; the trails are all graded from easy greens, to blues, then reds with black being only for the very experienced.

They are all meticulously checked to prevent injury and the ski-instructors are of an incredibly high standard. It is perfect beginner ski and intermediate territory with some formidable off-piste.

At A Glance

  • Great for all levels of skiiers and snowboarders!
  • Great lift serviced off-piste for all levels (guides available)
  • Lots of good quality bars, nightclubs and shopping
  • Charming Alpine villages
  • Large Ski Areas
  • Tasteful village atmosphere in the resort centre
  • More to do than just ski!

Resorts in France

La Plagne

France

Ski Weekends in La Plagne, France

Part of the esteemed Paradiski area, linked to Les Arcs, for the ultimate high altitude skiing
La Plagne is a firm favourite for skiers and snowboarders who like high altitude slopes and extensive pistes, not to mention lots of off-piste on top! The link to Les Arcs via the Vanoise Express (a €12 million Cable Car) has created a huge ski area in excess of 425Km’s which makes it the fourth largest in France.
Snow sure? You betcha!
The snow sure nature of La Plagne is guaranteed by the glacier skiing at Plagne Bellecôte, which extends up to 3250 metres. And a second glacier over in Les Arcs, the Aguille Rouge . From here you will find up to 2000m vertical drop, with great skiing and boarding for all abilities and a seemingly endless supply of powder, and not to mention some of the longest descents in France.
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Morzine

France

Ski Weekends in Morzine, France

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil: the biggest international ski area in the world.
Morzine is a pretty alpine town which buzzes with life and is right in the heart of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, which spans 12 ski villages including the super-resorts of Avoriaz and Chatel in Switzerland. It’s only fifty miles from the airport and so transfer times are only an hour. As a weekend skier or boarder, you’ll enjoy quick access from all our hotels and chalets to some of the best and most extensive skiing that Europe has to offer. And it’s all on the same lift pass. Morzine is a pretty chalet-style resort with floodlit skiing, a lively apres ski scene and excellent restaurants.
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Val Disere

France

Ski Holidays in Val d'Isere

The Val d'Isère ski resort combines the huge Espace Killy ski area with more than a soupçon of French style! The Espace Killy area offers great skiing, a great snow record & 300kms of slopes.
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Samoens

France

Ski Holidays in Samoens

Samoens is a charming historic village, full of character and tradition. The skiing is excellent with the town full of lovely runs through the trees and linking to the extensive and varied Grand Massif area.
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Megeve

France

Ski Holidays in Megeve

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Les Arcs

France

Reinventing an old favourite

Les Arcs is making a comeback. In its web of many villages, it offers 10km glacier-descents and an expansive network of Green and Blue runs. From high altitude to the lower valleys, Bourg Saint Maurice to 1600, 1800, 1950 and Les Arcs 2000, each has its own unique feel. Home to ‘ski evolutif’ teaching methods and an Olympic speed skiing course, it stands out from the rest as an accomplished location with new twists at every turn. The Regis Roland 'A Boards' team snowpark is as good as it gets. The ski area is excellent for beginners with very good schools, and plenty of child-friendly facilities. The ski-to-door location of most accommodation in Les Arcs is a bonus for beginners and families, with walking kept to a bare minimum. Après ski is low key with less bars and restaurants, but the night awaits at neighbouring La Plagne…
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Courchevel

France

Ski Weekends in Courchevel, France

Arguably Europe's most fashionable and prestige ski resort
Found within the esteemed Three Valleys, Courchevel is part of the biggest connected ski area in the world, with over 600+kms of piste! It provides skiers and snowboarders with a vast array of easily accessible and tremendously varied runs. Courchevel is located in the 3 Valleys and along with La Tania and Meribel offers some of the most extensive skiing and boarding in Europe. A perfect base for a ski week or short ski break from which to explore the largest ski area in France.
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Choosing Your Resort

Choosing your resort can seem a bit of a minefield, although the traditional alpine working villages are very charming they weren't designed with the skier in mind. Purpose built resorts may not be so pretty but you will find everything at your fingertips with the majority of hotels and chalets ski-to-door.

If the kids are coming too, try and stay near the nursery slopes to escape those long arduous walks in ski boots. France is a very family ski friendly country, they are always welcome in restaurants whatever the time and the lift handlers will stop the lift if necessary for children to hop on with ease.

Give your well-being a boost by taking fewer days off to relax and enjoy yourself or really get stuck in on the slopes. Increase your confidence, your skills and your energy levels

At famous French resorts you can experience on Ski Weekends France include Chamonix, Les Gets and Méribel with some of the best ski and snowboard conditions in the World. La belle France also happens to have excellent ski schools with English speaking instructors and, of course, mouth-watering French cuisine to keep you fully fuelled.

Within just a few hours of leaving home, you’ll be putting your weekend bag safely in your chalet and heading out on the slopes.

Apres Ski

Apres-ski in France is wild; the cosmopolitan mix of visitors each year wanting to let their hair down contributes to a vibrant, lively atmosphere.

Have a couple of vin chaud (mulled wine) on your way back down where you'll find an eclectic choice of live music and energetic hoards of skiers and boarders dancing on tables quaffing down restorative beverages.

Even non-skiers will have heard of the infamous Dicks Tea Bar in Val d'Isere. Other top resorts for apres-ski include Chamonix, Morzine and Meribel.

About the Alps

Of course, the Alps weren't always the target of ski and snowboard fanatics. Before tourism was introduced to the peasant farmers of the mountains, the meadows were filled with livestock which was tended to see the locals through the hard winter months. Obviously when they realised how much money could be tapped from affluent skiers then it was down with the pitch-forks and up with the skis! Lift systems sprang up to link rapidly expanding ski areas.

The shepherd's cabins became mountain restaurants and enterprising wives converted their front rooms into bars and cafes. The traditional fare still influences the resorts restaurants today, potatoes, cheese, onions and pork seem to be the base for many of their dishes such as Tartiflette, Salade Savoyarde, Fondue Savoyarde, Raclette and Brasserade. It's not much fun if you're not a cheese fan as the smell of the local Reblochon cheese does tend to permeate most restaurants.

Ski Extras

Unless you own your own skis or boards, then you’re going to need to rent some!

Fortunately, the standard of rental skis is very good nowadays and we work with the best suppliers so your kit will be perfectly suited and set up for your skiing and you can go back and make changes as needed.

Our shops are also conveniently located to our properties, so you won’t waste time traipsing over resort looking for your shop. We can also help fast track our guests in busy periods, and use our influence to help you get sorted.

Ski Extras

Hotel Les Dents Blanches

Morzine
  • Sun 05 Jan 2020
  • 3 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half Board
Average £338.98 pp
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Hotel Le Prieure

Chamonix
  • Sun 22 Mar 2020
  • 3 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed & Breakfast
Average £345.62 pp
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Chalet Camarine

Meribel
  • Wed 18 Dec 2019
  • 4 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half board
Average £355.98 pp
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Hotel Le Mercure

Chamonix
  • Sun 22 Mar 2020
  • 3 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed & Breakfast
Average £358.70 pp
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Chalet Flo

Morzine
  • Sun 22 Mar 2020
  • 3 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half Board
Average £373.96 pp
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Hotel Alpina Eclectic

Chamonix
  • Sun 22 Mar 2020
  • 3 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed & Breakfast
Average £377.81 pp
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