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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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Latest Features

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.
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Traversing The Chartreuse

A winter snowshoeing adventure
Winter Adventures

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.

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

Spread Your Wings in Tignes

The vast Espace Killy ski domain keeps on giving
Resort Reviews

Skier looking at piste map, TignesTignes is one of the most dynamic mountain resorts we've visited, and it's on an epic scale. Skiers gaze in wonderment at the piste map which covers an awe-inspiring 300km plus plenty of off-piste territory. There's also lots of other activities on offer with the nationally renowned Tignesespace sports and events venue and the Lagon aquacentre. With accommodation to suit all pockets, including a 5* hotel, Tignes is somewhere serious skiers will keep returning but it's making lots of new friends too. Read the feature.

Saint-Francois-Longchamp

A foot in both the Maurienne Valley and the Tarentaise
Resort Reviews

Skiers on the return run to Saint-Francois-Longchamp, French Alps.Known as Le Grand Domaine, Saint-Francois Longchamp in the Maurienne Valley is linked to the up and coming resort of Valmorel in the Tarentaise. Between the two is the Col de la Madeleine (1993m), well-known to followers of the Tour de France. Saint-Francois Longchamp is a cheerful and unpretentious resort, with a family-friendly vibe, well-signed pistes that will entertain intermediate skiers and offer a few challenges along the way. 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.

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.

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.

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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Oz en Oisans £199pp (was £238pp) for 7 nights self-catering in a 2 bedroom apartment at ‘Chalet des Neiges’, Oz en Oisans (Alpe d’Huez), through Peak Retreats (0844 576 0170). Ski-drive price includes Eurotunnel*, not flights. Departs April 11th 2015. Based on 5 sharing. Book before 01/01/15. See our resort review when we stayed at the Chalet des Neiges.


Les Chalets des Neiges, Oz-en-Oisans

Tignes les Brevieres £375pp (was £413pp) for 7 nights self-catering in a 2 bedroom apartment at ‘Santa Terra’, a newly built prestigious residence which enjoys an ideal, quiet location in the centre of the traditional Savoyard village of les Brévières. Available through Peak Retreats (0844 576 0170). Ski-drive price includes Eurotunnel*, not flights. Departs December 20th 2014. Based on 5 sharing. Book before 15/11/14.

* this is a Eurotunnel premium return Flexi-Plus ticket with one car and occupants which costs £398 alone when booked with Eurotunnel direct
Supplements apply for peak date travel.

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Popular Features

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 by the arrival of Monarch Flights which offers 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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Self-drive ski holidays in France

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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.


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Pick up and ski this winter

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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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