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A skier’s guide to the French Alps

 

Discover powdery snow, world-class slopes and incredible scenery when you check out the best of the French Alps.

Grab your goggles and your woolly hat – we’ve got some of the best destinations for holidays in the French Alps!

When it comes to an unforgettable ski holiday right in the heart of Europe, the French Alps will never disappoint. Check out all the coolest resorts you should be exploring on your next ski getaway…

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Chamrousse

Tucked into the beautiful Belledonne mountain range, Chamrousse is a fantastic place to carve some snow. This resort is great for both beginner and intermediate skiers, with a few tough runs for the more advanced visitors out there. There’re even a few Olympic-grade slopes to test your mettle against.

This resort offers winding runs through thick forests, and it doesn’t get much more picturesque! After a long day of skiing, you can chill out at the local bars and restaurants. While this resort isn’t known for its après-ski, there’s still a lively scene to check out when the sun goes down.

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Vaujany

Sitting in the central belt of the French Alps, this resort can be easily reached from Grenoble or Lyon. Vaujany is a peaceful little town, with an excellent selection of runs for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s a top-notch choice if you’re still brushing up on your skills. Complete with 46km of downhill piste, there’s plenty to discover.

What’s more, Vaujany is jam-packed with traditional houses and historic buildings, just waiting to be discovered. So, when night falls, explore the quiet town, settle in for a delicious meal and perhaps a drink of two.

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Les Deux Alpes

As one of the Alp’s most cherished ski resorts, you know you’re onto a winner with Les Deux Alpes. Home top Europe’s largest skiable glacier, it’s got all the trappings of a memorable trip.

Thanks to the resort being accessible from both Grenoble and Lyon airports, planning your way to Les Deux Alpes is a dream. And when you arrive, you’ll be greeted by superb snow conditions, staggering scenery and a varied selection of runs for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.

If that wasn’t enough, you can rely on this resort for incredible après-ski too! Check out the 2km-long high street, where you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, pubs and restaurants. Festival fans typically head here during March to experience SnowZone, or December for Rise Festival. Whatever you’re after from an Alpine ski holiday, Les Deux Alpes is bound to exceed your expectations.

Alpe d'Huez

Just 63km east of Grenoble, this purpose-built resort provides an astounding ski experience for people of all skill levels. With 123 runs to explore at Alpe d’Huez, there’s a great selection for beginner and intermediate, along with Europe’s longest black run!

While snow conditions are sound here, this resort is also renowned for its sun – it gets 300 days of rays a year! Pair this with some incredible scenery and you’ve got yourself a winning ski destination.

On top of all that, there’s an ice rink, an outdoor pool and a buzzining après-ski scene too! So, whether you’re on the ice or the streets of this resort, you’re sure to have a magical time.

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Chamonix

What better place to ski than at the highest summit in the French Alps? If you can’t think of any (we can’t either!), then you should probably pick Chamonix for your ski adventure.

With a vast number of runs for all skill levels, plus a charming town with a breathtaking backdrop, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular resorts out there.

Once you’ve done your thing on the slopes, head down to the pretty town. Here, you can wander the streets, check out the traditional buildings and soak up some of the culture. Music connoisseurs will be in for a treat when they visit at the end of March or early April. The famous Chamonix Unlimited Festival is set in the heart of the Chamonix Valley, at the foot of the stunning Mont Blanc.

Think you’ve got somewhere in mind? Go on – get planning when to book your ski flights now.

Posted: 3rd Dec 2019.

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