When looking for the best ski resorts for your skiing holidays, the first choice is always given to the Alpine destinations. There is a huge number of resorts across the Alps offering perfect snow conditions, modern lifting systems, high standard of accommodation and excellent apres-ski. Despite the popularity of Austrian, Italian and Swiss skiing resorts, French Alps remain the most visited ski holidays destination for ski enthusiasts and families from all over the world. With such a great number of skiing options in the French Alps people’s choice is influenced by a variety of factors, including snow cover, difficulty of ski runs and slopes, choice for apres-ski and proximity to international airports. In this article we give an overview of three world-renowned ski resorts in the French Alps.
Courchevel is a classic, well-known ski area, located in the French Alps only 2 hours away from the Geneva Airport, makes a part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world. The resort has been recognized as a perfect ski vacation spot offering plenty of benefits and opportunities for families with kids. In Courchevel you can take advantage of family ski pass prices, organize kid’s parties, as well as other different entertaining activities to keep children busy, while you are enjoying the slopes. Your children, depending on their age, will experience adventures and fun in the Maison des Enfants play area in Courchevel Village or attend the P’tits Pralins de Moriond kindergarten in Courchevel Moriond. There is a nursery for the smallest family members as well. Courchevel provides a number of skiing areas specifically designed for children – a completely closed and absolutely secured ski terrain equipped with its own lifting system, qualified and dedicated ski instructors who will teach and encourage your kids and make them remember their first steps on the snow.
Val Thorens is one of the few resorts to open in November. It’s one of the most stunning places to go skiing. The Val Thorens resort is considered the highest ski resort in Europe, where most slopes lie at more than 2000 m altitude that guarantees the early snow. Opening in the end of November the resort provides best skiing atmosphere to all winter sports lovers. Part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens has 600 km of equipped slopes, 320 runs and an effective lifting system consisting of 174 lifts. Val Thorens ski area welcomes everyone – snowsports for every age, interest, taste, abilities – Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing. Located approximately 3 hours away from the Geneva Airport, Val Thorens is easy to reach by airport private transfer. It is also the perfect place to enjoy exceptional panoramic views of Swiss, French and Italian Alps.
The premium French skiing resort, which is a part of amazing “l’Espace Killy” terrain, is situated in the Tarentaise Valley within 5 km from the Italian border and two and a half hours from the Geneva Airport. The resort of Val d’Isere, also known as Val, welcomes to its slopes and runs skiers of all ability levels. The beginners will find plenty of high altitude runs to enjoy not only skiing itself, but also stunning scenery and majestic mountains. Intermediates and experts will take advantage of steep piste runs, as well as freeride opportunities and fantastic snow park to suit any interest. First being a small farming village, Val d’Isere has now become a top-class resort with modern infrastructure services, retaining its genuine and traditional alpine village feel. Accommodations at Val d’Isere include both traditional old stone houses and upmarket and luxury homes to satisfy the needs of the most distinguished comfort lovers. Of course, there are plenty of 2-4 star accommodations in the area for those on a tight budget. When coming to Val d’Isere everyone will find something to enjoy and get entertained, non-skiers as well. The resort offers ice-skating, ice-climbing, husky-sledding, snowshoeing, as well as other activities to have fun and relaxation – wellness centres, spas, museums, shopping, etc. Val d’Isere’s apres-ski includes bars, clubs, restaurants, live music and all the nightlife. A unique ski area of Val d’Isere is usually open from the end of November to first days of May, so if you are planning a ski weekend or short ski break, go ahead!
How to get to all these resorts?
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You can also check out this awesome infographic about the top ski destinations in the Alps!