If you’ve never been on a ski or board holiday to France before, you’re in for a treat. What some French ski destinations may lack in historic charm, they make up for in brilliantly designed resorts and accommodation offering the ultimate in convenience. There are so many ski in/ski out resorts to choose from, we had trouble narrowing down our favourites!
The multi-level resort of Les Arcs boasts four different resort villages, situated at ever higher altitudes. They showcase the best in French modern architecture and resort planning, with plenty of ski in/ski out hotels and the easiest of access to the mighty 425km Paradiski ski area. The two highest villages – Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 – are the most snowsure, while Arc 1800 is a firm family favourite thanks to its pedestrianised streets and shiny new leisure centre.
Peaceful Les Menuires is a lovely spot for a relaxing ski holiday. You can take advantage of incredible access to the 600km Three Valleys ski area, without the price tag or party crowds you’d find in the better-known Three Valleys resorts. Situated just below Val Thorens (the highest altitude resort in Europe), Les Menuires has an impressive snow record. And at the end of the day, you can ski straight off the slopes and step straight into the resort’s blissful spa.
It can be rare to find ski in/ski out chalets, but not in Alpe d’Huez. Ideal for families and groups, this attractive resort makes accommodating skiers and riders of all ages and abilities as easy as possible. From cosy slopeside chalets to handily located nursery runs and ski school meet-ups, they’ve really thought everything through. On the mountain, you’ll find 238km of varied runs, as well as two snow parks, a boarder cross zone and one of our favourite alpine panoramas form the summit of the Pic Blanc cablecar.