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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.
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Traversing The Chartreuse

A winter snowshoeing adventure
Winter Activities

Chartreuse Natural Regional Park in winter, French AlpsExperience a six-day snowshoeing adventure traversing the Chartreuse, the stunning limestone massif and Natural Regional Park situated between Grenoble and Chambéry in the French Alps.
The Chartreuse has more than 1300km of marked footpaths to be enjoyed at any time of year. Here, Simply Savoie's Mark Tennent, who runs specialist walking holidays in the French Alps, describes a winter traverse which he offers as a guided snowshoeing week in this wonderful winter landscape. Read the feature.
©Image Mark Tennent.

Big Ski Small Budget

Bigtime Skiing on a Smalltime Budget
Winter Activities

Crest Voland village, Espace DiamantWe all love a bargain don't we? That's why we love finding places to stay that give us access to some big skiing but are small, friendly, cheaper to stay and easier to get to.

We reveal our Top 5 linked villages so you can ski in premier resorts like Alpe d'Huez or Méribel, or have access to ski areas like the vast Paradiski, or the picturesque Espace Diamant. You can also discover new ski areas like Val Cenis Vanoise by staying in a traditional village at lower altitude. Linked villages are a great alternative to staying in big ski resorts and there's somewhere out there to suit you.
Read the feature.

The Boutique Chalet Company, Morzine

Luxury escapes in the Portes du Soleil
Lifestyle

Chalet Twenty26, MorzineIt'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.

Piste of Mind:
Ski Holidays with Kids

An introduction to your first family ski holiday
Family Skiing

Ski School, La NormaChildren 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.

Latest Resort Reviews

Cross-border skiing in Châtel

Ski in France — or in Switzerland? Here you can easily do both.
Resort Reviews

Village skyline plus mountains in Chatel, French Alps.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.

Morzine is all heart

Near limitless skiing for all levels in the Portes du Soleil
Resort Reviews

MorzineEase of access and an unstuffy, down-to-earth vibe have brought the resort of Morzine a deservedly loyal following among UK-based skiers. With a lively village centre and welcoming debutante slopes close at hand, 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.

Val Cenis Vanoise

Family skiing in an away from it all setting
Resort Reviews

Val Cenis VanoiseLinking the small ski station of Termignon to Val Cenis has proved to be an inspired move allowing skiers to reach some surprisingly remote terrain with amazing panoramic views, and extending the ski area to a respectable 125kms of groomed pistes. More than this, Termignon and the villages of Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard, have enjoyed recent investment in facilities, along with the addition of luxury accommodation with spa. Val Cenis Vanoise is definitely one to try. Read the feature.

La Norma: More than Cosy

Family fun on a budget in the Haute-Maurienne
Resort Reviews

La Norma front de neigeJust minutes from Modane lies the underrated family ski village of La Norma. Cosy, yes - but with some challenging steeps too. It's long appeared on the listings of UK tour operators but 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.

Vaujany: Close to Perfection?

Authentic village charm with creature comforts
Resort Reviews

Fare piste, VaujanySet in a secluded valley just 50km from Grenoble, Vaujany is one of a chain of villages linked to the world famous Grandes Rousses ski area centred on Alpe d'Huez. It has its own ski terrain with a reassuring novice area and entertaining intermediate runs but most skiers take the short cable car ride to access some serious mileage and those awe-inspiring vertical drops. Read the feature.

Linked Domain Family Skiing

Solid value resort for families
Resort Reviews

Ski-lift La MongieOne half of the Grand Tourmalet ski area, La Mongie lies on the flanks of the 2872m Pic du Midi. La Mongie's original purpose-built style won't appeal to everyone, but each season brings significant improvements, and as existing accommodation is upgraded we think that the resort offers a value option for skiers and snowboarders. Read the feature.

Avoriaz raises the bar

The Porte du Soleil's most radical ski resort gets a makeover
Resort Reviews

Ski-lift in AvoriazThe 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.

Orelle: ski Val Thorens & more

We test-drive backdoor access to the legendary Trois-Vallées
Resort Reviews

La RosièreBy thinking laterally (with more than a hint of vertical dropped into the mix) you can make worthwhile savings and still ski in Val Thorens and the Trois-Vallées. Now add doorstep high-speed rail access and Orelle suddenly sounds very interesting. We thought so, and went to the Maurienne Valley to test the concept for ourselves one particularly cold and frosty morning. Read the feature.

Coming of age: Valfréjus

Is this the best-kept secret in quality French skiing?
Resort Reviews

Gondola lift in Valfrejus, French Alps.Once the Vallée de la Maurienne had plans to link some of its best ski terrain to that of Bardonecchia, just across the nearby Italian border. Had it come off, the resulting Croix du Sud would by now be world-famous. As it is, Valfréjus has been quietly getting on with developing into a surprisingly stylish ski resort in its own right. We were impressed... Read the feature.

Short ski breaks in the Alps:
5 Top Tips to get it right

Make sure your ski break doesn’t leave you on the valley floor
Winter Activities

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.

All About Ski &
Thermal Spa Resorts

The ultimate in ski and spa breaks in France
Mountain Luxury

Aquensis, Bagneres de BigorreWe 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.

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All About Ice Climbing

An exhilarating and challenging sport
winter activities

Sally Guillaume ice climbingIn 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.


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Best Ski Resorts Near Geneva

Ski resorts for a short winter break
Winter Activities

La Clusaz

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.

Best Ski Resorts Near Grenoble

Ski resorts for the perfect winter holiday
Winter Activities

Panoramic view of the Alps, Alpe d'Huez

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.

Top 10 Tips for...
Painless Family Ski Holidays

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.

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If you want to avoid changing trains in Paris, the weekly Eurostar Direct Ski service will take you from London direct to your destination.

Self-drive ski holidays in France

Skis rackTravel 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 .
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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.


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Roger Moss, Editor, MountainPassions

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.

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Best Ski Resorts Near Geneva

Les Gets, Portes du Soleil

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 & Spa Holidays

Aquensis, Bagneres de Bigorre, French Pyrenees

MountainPassions holiday tips and ideas for people searching for the ultimate in ski and spa breaks in in France.
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