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Alps Resort Reviews
Winter sports began right here, and the Chamonix valley continues to attract skiers from all over the world. It's big, varied and takes some getting to know, but if you have the skills and the nerve then it's like nowhere else — and sooner of later you just have to ski it. We help you find the area that's just right for you. Read the feature.
Bigtime Skiing on a Smalltime Budget
We 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.
A winter snowshoeing adventure
Experience 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.
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.
The vast Espace Killy ski domain keeps on giving
Tignes 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.
A foot in both the Maurienne Valley and the Tarentaise
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.
Family skiing in an away from it all setting
Linking 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.
Solid value resort for families
One 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.
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.
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.
Ski Deals at Family Friendly Resorts
This weeks offers are at family resorts where they have gone the extra mile to keep the kids happy.
PeakRetreats.co.uk, 02392 839 310
Les Carroz – Zone Oasis
NEW : Oasis snow park includes; a level blue boarder cross, a snow park with more than 30 modules, a slalom run and finally 7 cameras, a large screen and a wifi spot to shoot your tricks and share!
*Stay at Les Chalets de Jouvence in Les Carroz d’Araches form £238pp (Off peak Jan).
This prestige residence is ideally located at the foot of the slopes, right by the Figaro drag lift (free) and Kedeuze cable car giving access to the Grand Massif area. http://goo.gl/YdmIVT
SkiCollection.co.uk, 02392 890 960
Courchevel - AQUAMOTION
NEW: Courchevel opens its waterfun, sports and wellness centre! Aquamotion offers a wide range of services that combine water sports, wellness, spa, gym. For more info on Aquamotion / www.aquamotion-courchevel.com.
*Stay at Les Chalets du Forum in Courchevel from £433pp (Off peak Jan).
Ideally located in the heart of the resort, next to the Forum shopping mall and close to the ski lifts, ski hire shop and ESF ski school. http://goo.gl/RRnq1Z
PyreneesCollection.co.uk, 02392 890 960
Ski the Catalan Pyrenees
*Stay at Le Domaine de Castella in Font Romeu from only £60pp (week 09/01).
Great location, just 300m away from the centre of Font-Romeu and the lively resort centre with its numerous shops and services. http://goo.gl/3WfUPF
*All prices based on 7 nights, 5 sharing including Eurotunnel crossing. Accommodation only holiday packages also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers also bookable. Holidays are fully ABTA bonded.
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 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.
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.
Take the train to the slopes...
Enjoy extra days on the slopes and no surcharge for skis or boards by taking the Friday evening Eurostar followed by an overnight service from Paris direct to your destination. You could be checking into your apartment by mid-morning and on the slopes by lunchtime.
Book now with Voyages Sncf UK
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.
Airport transfers to ski resorts
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.