Five All-Round Awesome French Ski Resorts
If you’ve never been on a family skiing holiday before, (travel rules permitting) the French Alps is arguably the world’s best snow-sports playground.
When you want a refreshing break from everyday life in a mesmerising mountain playground packed with healthy daytime activities on the slopes, amazing apres-ski for adults and off-slope entertainment for kids, this part of the world is pretty much perfect.
However, there are so many legendary locations to choose from that it’s tough narrowing down your ideal choice ̶ hence why we’ve gathered together these five all-round awesome French Ski Resorts for your delectation.
1. Belle Plagne
One of 10 ski villages in the La Plagne resort, Belle Plagne boasts high-altitude skiing for all abilities, excellent apres-ski with quality bars and restaurants and plenty of off-slope activities for all ages. A car-free resort set at 2050m, this is a snow-sure haven with easy access to La Plagne’s vast 225km skiable area. And when you want to unwind after an exciting but tiring day on the piste, pamper yourself with wellbeing sessions at the salubrious Deep Nature Spa.
With a high-altitude, snow-sure location above the Morzine Valley in the heart of the popular Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz is a family-friendly, car-free resort. You’ll find comfy ski-in/ski-out accommodation, lively apres-ski and access to five terrain parks for snowboarders, including a Village Snowboard sector specifically for kids.
3. Arc 1800
The largest village in the popular ski resort of Les Arcs, Arc 1800 is nestled in the middle of the picturesque Tarentaise Valley. It’s a popular choice for ski package breaks for solo skiers, couples and families ̶ for instance, Arc 1800 skiing holidays with Erna Low include cosy accommodation with doorstep skiing, thrilling runs down from the Aiguille Rouge, and off-slope entertainment for kids like igloo experiences and toboggan runs.
A sunny resort with great snow-reliability, car-free, purpose-built Flaine is part of the Grand Massif ski area, which has a huge 265km skiable area, with 139 well-groomed runs for all abilities, connected by 62 efficient ski lifts. Most accommodation is self-catering, which is ideal for independent families, and off-slope activities for kids include ten-pin bowling and husky-dog sledding.
If you appreciate the finer things in life, you’ll absolutely love Courchevel. This terrific Three Valleys ski resort boasts no less than 11 5-star hotels and 7 Michelin-starred restaurants (treat yourself to an evening meal at Le 1947 restaurant!) so it’s fab for foodies and bon vivants. The skiing is sublime too, with 8 free drag lifts for novices and plenty of cruisy blues above the resort for intermediate skiers. Kids entertainment is eclectic, with a Native American Indian-themed camp at Courchevel Moriond, go-karting, snow-shoeing and an English-language cinema.
Choose any one of these fab French Alps ski resorts and every member of your group will have the time of their lives on the roof of Europe!