The more southerly Alpine resorts are a revelation, so what things are like even further south? The answer is: “Better than you ever imagined…”.
MountainPassions.com Editor Roger Moss picks five of his favourite resorts for relaxed skiing in the French Alps.
Châtel was always stylish, and now it’s also very well-connected, thanks to major lift upgrades. We ski the Portes du Soleil from Châtel.
Conceived and designed to blend into the landscape, Flaine was a pioneer on many fronts including sustainable development. 50 years after its creation, it continues to initiate innovative measures to minimize its impact on the environment.
Like all skiers, our pulses quicken when the snow begins to fall, but you can have too much of a good thing. Dont believe me? Try skiing in near-blizzard conditions, when you can’t read the surface of the piste you’re negotiating, thick mists have blotted out even long-familiar features and the wind is strengthening by the minute. When you get assailed by all three, then it’s time to do the unthinkable and head back down the mountain to sit out the storm.
The latter part of this month’s sustained snowfalls in the French Alps seem to have bypassed the Grand Massif, but there was more than enough to make our first couple of days’ skiing from Samoëns very enjoyable.
The French operator Club Med pretty much pioneered the truly all-inclusive holiday. Fast-forward sixty years the company has reinvented its all-inclusive concept.
Choosing a family-friendly ski resort can be difficult so we’re giving you a head start with some of the best in the French Alps.
Flying into Geneva airport and wondering where to ski? We list the best resorts and ski areas to consider for great skiing and short transfer time.
We decided to head over to the Southern French Alps, to discover just what most mainstream skiers might be missing. Great snowfalls, clear blue skies and unpressured pistes were just some of the things which bowled us over and convinced us that we’d stumbled upon an area which deserves to be much better known.