Escape A Real Winter Ski Holiday in the Alps France
Spend this winter skiing in the French Alps. It is on the French-Italian border the Alps, Europe's greatest mountain range.
If you wish to experience a real winter, why don’t you head to the French Alps? Whether you fancy Chamonix, Courcheval or other of the fantastic skiing locations we’re certain you will find the ideal holiday.
From stunning scenery to epic pistes, el born area of the Alps offers so much when it comes to a winter vacation. It’s not only the skiing either. There’s a great deal of activities on hand here from snow mobiling, sledging, snowboarding and roller skating, not to mention the fun of the apres-ski.
The crisp clear mountain air leaves you refreshed and revitalised. Following a long day out on the slopes you are able to retire to one of the lodges for any hot chocolate, with a dash of something stronger. Both in Chamonix and Courcheval you will find plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and also the night life is certainly not to be missed. It is really an ideal destination for groups, couples, families as well as families with older kids.
In france they Alps offer the broadest range of skiing opportunities any place in Europe (see below), but they’re not the only mountain range in France with skiing facilities, and perhaps it may be interesting to check out the opportunities obtainable in the Vosges, the Jura, the Massif Central and also the Pyrenees, all of which have fully equipped downhill and cross-country ski resorts.
Within the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions alone you will find 110 ski stations, ranging in dimensions and facilities. These are a few of the largest and most popular ski areas within the French Alps:
- Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys), that has over 650 Km of pistes, may be the largest ski area in Europe
- Espace Killy, the linked ski area between Val d’Isere and Tignes with 300 Km of pistes
- Paradiski the newest linked resort connecting La Plagne and Les Arcs using the world’s only double-deck cable car, the Vanoise Express, which carries over 200 passengers
- Les Portes du Soleil covers the resorts in the French side of Mont Blanc to lake Geneva, connecting 12 major resorts
- Serre-Chevalier consists of four towns connected by one road and also over 250 Km of downhill pistes
By car: Before aiming, it’s always a good idea to check road conditions and closures and also to see if special equipment is required for the drive (such as snow chains). Tourist offices will frequently provide this information.
By ski train: Ski-trains or snow trains (along with Eurostar) run from the UK (Waterloo or Ashford) via Paris, as well as on to the Alps once the season has begun (January to April). The overnight service allows travellers to rest or party at the on-board bar and disco.
By bus: The Altibus transports riders from many points in France and Switzerland, such as the Lyon Saint-Exupery, Chambéry-Aix les Bains and the Geneva airports to a lot of resorts in the French Alps.