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Skiing In The French Alps

written by Penny Sadler
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If a family ski holiday is on the agenda, why not consider skiing in the French Alps?

The Alps, located along the French – Italian border, have a very well established and deserved reputation for some of the best snow skiing anywhere in the world. The Alps is a vast mountain range with the famous Mount Blanc – the highest peak in the Alps and reaching up to 15,700 feet (or almost 5,000 meters).

France has the largest number of well-known resorts in the Alps, and all offer a wide variety of trails and activities, from beginners to experts. With a wide range of housing options for large and small groups and breathtaking scenery, quality family ski holidays in the alps are  more affordable and convenient than you might think.

Savoy, in southeastern France, is the region best known for its outdoor activities and mega ski resorts. You only need to decide what you want from your ski holiday: do you like to be where all the action is, with lots of options? Or do you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere?

Timing will have a lot to do with what you’ll find in terms of crowds, so choose carefully. In general, avoid the big resorts like Le Plage and Les Arcs, especially during school holidays, unless you absolutely love crowds.

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A bonus to staying at one of the many villages located at La Plage or Les Arcs is they are connected via the Vanoise cable car. I think it would be fun to go resort hopping via the rail and this is also a great way to take in the ambiance of each place and the gorgeous scenery.

Aside from downhill skiing, there are trails and parks for snow boarders, runs of all levels from toddlers to extremely advanced skiers, and plenty of non-ski activities like bowling, movies, ice skating, spa treatments, snow shoeing, and of course great restaurants.

If it’s quiet you seek, La Rosière might be for you. It’s much smaller than the nearby mega-resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne, making it a good choice for smaller groups and families with children who want a more relaxed vibe. The ski area is sunny but gets a lot of snow, and there are splendid panoramic views over the valley to the Les Arcs ski area. The slopes suit intermediates and beginners best and are linked on the north ridge to La Thuile in Italy. How cool to ski in France and Italy on the same day!

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Julie K. February 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

We´ve only been to Austria and Italy for ski holiday..Seems like the French Alps are a whole new level! France may be expensive, but apparently it has more options for skiers and snowboarders than any other country in the world. Maybe late Easter could be a good time for bairgains..

Penny Sadler March 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

France does look amazing. The Colorado rockies are pretty fun too!

Marysia @ My Travel Affairs February 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Nice, nice, nice. I have been skiing in France last month and going again in a week, can’t wait! 🙂

Penny Sadler February 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm


Maria January 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Oh how I’d love to be there now – Gorgeous!

Penny Sadler January 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

It does look amazing, but I’ll take the beach!


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