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MountainPassions is the premier online source of independent, expert insight and information for skiers and anyone planning to enjoy the mountains of France.
Ski in France — or in Switzerland? Here you can easily do both.
For an authentic Alpine village from which to explore one of the world's biggest ski areas, look no further. Châtel has it all, including the kind of stylish new apartment accommodation which discerning skiers have come to expect.
Read the feature.
Near limitless skiing for all levels in the Portes du Soleil
Ease of access, a lively village heart and welcoming debutante slopes give Morzine a deservedly loyal following among UK-based skiers. It's a safe bet for families, but skiers in search of more challenging terrain have 650kms of cross-border fun on the doorstep. Read the feature.
Family skiing in an away from it all setting
Linking Termignon to Val Cenis has allowed skiers to reach away-from-it-all terrain with amazing panoramic views from 125kms of groomed pistes. Add luxury accommodation with spa, and Val Cenis Vanoise is definitely one to try. Read the feature.
Family fun on a budget in the Haute-Maurienne
Just minutes from Modane lies the underrated family ski village of La Norma. Cosy? Yes - but with some challenging steeps, too. Long featured by tour operators, it's never achieved star billing, but for budget-conscious families with an eye for safe family skiing it has to be a contender. Read the feature.
Authentic village charm with creature comforts
Set in a secluded valley just 50km from Grenoble, Vaujany is linked by a short cable car ride to the world famous Grandes Rousses ski area centred on Alpe d'Huez. Its own terrain includes a novice area and entertaining intermediate runs, too. Read the feature.
Solid value resort for family skiers - with more terrain nearby
Saint-Lary Soulan is a year-round resort with a relaxed village ambiance and great terrain for skiers and snowboarders. Prices are a lot lower than in the Alps, but these are real mountains, with often heavy snowfalls. Read the feature.
The Porte du Soleil's most radical ski resort gets a makeover
The unmistakable skyline has undergone a radical transformation recently, attracting fresh attention to a rising star of the Portes du Soleil.
But what's it like to ski? We went to find out the reality behind the hype. Read the feature.
We test-drive backdoor access to the legendary Trois-Vallées
Think creatively and you can make worthwhile savings on skiing in Val Thorens and the Three Valleys. Add doorstep high-speed rail access and Orelle sounds even more interesting. We tested the concept for ourselves. Read the feature.
Is this the best-kept secret in quality French skiing?
Had the Vallée de la Maurienne's plans to link some of its best ski terrain to that of Bardonecchia, just across the nearby Italian border, the result would by now be world-famous. As it is, Valfréjus has been quietly developing into a surprisingly stylish ski resort. Read the feature.
Luxury escapes in the Portes du Soleil
Property & Living
It's just over two years since Chris and Sarah Hamblin took possession of a chalet in Morzine and set about turning it into a comfortable, luxurious home. Now, after lots of hard work and design inspiration, Chris and Sarah's chalet guests find themselves cocooned in a luxury retreat with exceptional levels of service, fine dining and superb facilities — and all within sight of the nearby ski slopes. Read the feature.
An introduction to your first family ski holiday
Children have entered your life, and now you're thinking about going skiing — but where do you start? What childcare options are available? How old do children have to be to join ski lessons? And where's the best place to go?
We offer you information and tips on childcare and ski lessons, which resorts to choose for the best family ski holidays.
Read the feature.
Make sure your ski break doesn’t leave you on the valley floor
If you have only 2, 3 or 4 days free for a short ski break, you need to make sure you make the most of it. Prepare, though, and you'll be able to ski all day, every day of your trip, and leave feeling like you had a full week. See 5 top tips which with a bit of homework will help you make the most of your ski break. Read the feature.
The ultimate in ski and spa breaks in France
We all deserve a little pampering now and then, so combining your ski holiday with a rejuvenating spa treatment is one way to enjoy your time in the mountains even more.
From thermal spa resorts in the Alps and the Pyrénées to spa and wellbeing centres, we give useful tips for first-timers and some holiday ideas for those searching for the ultimate in ski & spa destinations in France. Read the full feature and see Ski & Spa in the French Alps or Ski & Spa in the French Pyrenees for our Tried and Tested reviews.
An exhilarating and challenging sport
In the latest in our 'All About' series, the activity holiday specialists Undiscovered Alps lift the lid on ice climbing. If you love a physical and technically demanding challenge, conquering a frozen waterfall in the depths of winter with an ice axe and crampons could fit the bill. Beginners will need some instruction and be reasonably fit but they say that the sheer thrill of it is quite addictive. Read the feature.
Hurry! Hot Off the Press Ski Deals for Early Birds
Easter in Tignes £342pp
Book by 15 Dec - Tignes, France: 7 nights, self-catering at 4* Le Telemark luxury costs from just £342pp (was £380pp) based on 4 sharing. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Departs 05 April.
Off-peak Tignes 1800, £324pp
Book by 15 Dec - Tignes, France: 7 nights, self-catering at brand new 4* superior Kalinda Village costs from just £324pp (was £360pp) based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Departs 15 March.
Easter in Val Thorens £329pp
Book by 15 Jan – Val Thorens, France: 7 nights, self-catering at Chalet des Neiges Hermine offering doorstep skiing costs from just £329pp (was £362pp) based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Departs 05 April.
For more information or to book visit www.skicollection.co.uk or call +44(0)844 576 0175.
Feb half-term £248pp
SAVE 15% Val Cenis Vanoise, France: 7 nights, self-catering at 4* Les Balcons de Val Cenis Village costs from just £248pp (was £292pp) based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Book by 2 Dec. Departs 15 Feb.
Easter ski just £103pp
SAVE 10% Aussois, France: 7 nights, self-catering at Le Clos d’Aussois costs from just £103pp (was £115pp) based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Book 3 months before departure to save. Departs 5 April.
Easter ski just £103pp
St Francois Longchamp, France: 7 nights, self-catering at Les 4 Vallées costs from just £103pp based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Departs 5 April.
Off-peak from £225pp
Samoëns, France: 7 nights, self-catering at La Renardiere costs from just £225pp based on 4 sharing. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossing. Departs 11 Jan.
For more information or to book visit www.peakretreats.co.uk or call +44(0)844 576 0123.
Gourmet ski holidays with award winning Peak Retreats
Combine skiing with wine tasting and gastronomic dining on exclusive newly launched week-long gourmet holidays in the very pretty village of Samoëns with award winning Peak Retreats (www.peakretreats.co.uk +44(0)844 576 0123), the specialist for ski holidays in traditional mountain resorts in the French Alps.
Ski during the day on the huge Grand Massif ski domain before enjoying après-ski in Samoëns with tastings of wines and liqueurs with regional experts, as well as tasting of Savoie cheeses. There’s also a torch-lit walk for dinner at a top mountainside restaurant and the week is rounded off on a sweet note with a chance to learn the art of creating a gourmet desert with one of France’s top patissieres.
The 7-night holidays are available on three weeks in January and three more in March and cost from £828 per person for half-board at the 3 star family-owned Hotel Neige et Roc, with its own leisure facilities and indoor swimming pool, including the tasting workshops and also return Eurotunnel crossing.
Self catering holidays with Peak Retreats start from £124pp, based on four people sharing a one bedroom apartment in a village residence with indoor pool (Fermes de Samoëns) and from £235pp in a superior luxury MGM-built apartment, with leisure centre and spa (Reine des Pres) and all including return Eurotunnel crossing. Plus opportunities to save £100* on January ski passes for Samoëns when booking with Peak Retreats.
Le Grand Bornand:
the facelift continues
Seven years ago Savoyard property developer MGM stunned its rivals by acquiring a near-vertical rock face on the side of a mountain in Chinaillon, Le Grand Bornand, and announcing plans to build more than 130 apartments. The Village de Lessy was an instant success but MGM are about to perform another engineering feat. Proposals are underway to build the Roc des Tours luxury apartments along with improvements to the front de neige and access to the pistes. Read the feature.
Ski resorts for a short winter break
During the winter months Geneva airport becomes one of the major hubs for skiers travelling to the French Alps. With so much skiing so easily accessible from Geneva, it is becoming more and more common for people to squeeze in a long ski weekend or short break. Feature by short break specialist SkiWeekender. Read the feature.
Ski resorts for the perfect winter holiday
Independent skier flights to Grenoble are boosted this year by the arrivel of Monarch Flights which is offering a regular cheap winter schedule with free ski carriage from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford and London Gatwick airports. We do a comparison of resorts within 2 hours drive from the airport to help you find your perfect ski holiday. Read the feature.
Years of experience have taught us a few things about what makes for a hassle-free ski holiday. When you have your family to think about, there's a lot of preparation invloved, but we also think it involves knowing all you can about where you're going and keeping an eye on snow conditions. Check out our Top Ten Tips - read the feature.
Arrive in style on the ski train...
Enjoy extra days on the slopes and no surcharge for skis or boards with Eurostar Direct Ski Trains.
Self-drive ski holidays in France
Travel to France by ferry and some of the best self drive skiing in the world. Enjoy the freedom of taking unlimited baggage and up to 9 people per car via .
Book your journey with P&O Ferries
Find a hotel
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Why pay for your skis?
Book tickets to Grenoble and take Monarch Flights to this undiscovered destination from Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham and London Gatwick. There are plenty of cheap flights available to help you get the most out of any holiday to Grenoble, whatever season you travel in.
Experience complete comfort on SWISS flights to Geneva and enjoy the added bonus of taking your skis at no extra cost.
Pick up and ski this winter
Forget about queuing for a bus at the airport, low cost car hire - with a ski rack if necessary, will get you to where you want to go with a minimum of fuss. Click below to take advantage of special offers.
Whether you’re a keen skier, a complete beginner or simply planning a relaxing, pampered getaway among the breathtaking scenery of the French mountains, you’ll find lots of ideas right here.
There’s independent expert insight, too – we really do visit and ski every location we review, to help you find your ideal French resort.
French ski-maker Rossignol lives and breathes for the mountains. An icon from the past, and a dynamic emblem of the present, the brand draws on its roots and heritage to build its vision for the future. We take a look at the history of this historic brand. Read feature.
MountainPassions holiday tips and ideas for people searching for the ultimate in ski and spa breaks in in France. Read feature.