Family skiing holidays can be of the luxury kind, in fact, if you are bringing the kids along, the more luxurious and better catered for your chalet is the better! France is still the most popular skiing destination in Europe with British holidaymakers and indeed quite a number of Europeans – not only the French.
Although they are proving increasingly expensive in comparison to skiing destinations further east, the ski resorts of France are still number one in many skiers’ opinions. Whether you have just a few days to spare this winter or you are able to spend more time on the slopes – and in the bars and restaurants – France won’t disappoint.
However, as is always the case, some resorts are more deserving of your attention – and money – than others. Here are a few of the best ski resorts in France.
Glitzy and often more expensive than it should be, Courchevel is still one of the most popular ski resorts in France, especially with Anglophiles. If you are looking for a luxurious ski resort that’s perfect for families, Courchevel is the resort for you – and the kids of course.
- Serre Chevalier
Not the best choice for young families, though those with older children with some skiing experience may find Serre Chevalier’s intermediate pistes a good choice. Located in the southern Alps, Serre Chevalier is a collection of villages with great pistes in abundance. There’s a good English language ski school in Monêtier Les Bains.
One of the most ‘reliable’ ski resorts in the country, i.e. you can rely on having ample snow to enjoy here throughout the winter, and indeed most of the year round as Tignes is renowned for boasting snow ten months out of the year.
Know What You Need
When researching ski resorts and places to stay, make life much easier on yourself by first making a list of the things you need.
These would include, for instance, a chalet from the Luxury Chalet Collection, beginner or intermediate pistes, flights, airport transfers, ski gear and clothing, not to mention all the things you need to bring with you to keep the kids happy, though those things can wait until after you have finished making arrangements for accommodation and travel!
Book In Advance
Because France is so popular with British holidaymakers it is essential to book in advance. Once you have decided upon a ski resort to book a chalet at and you know your exact travel dates, book your accommodation and flights immediately.
Something to bear in mind this year is that as the pound has been strong against the Euro it has made holidaying in Europe more affordable and many ski resorts are already selling out – if they haven’t already sold out – fast.
As a result, if you want to ensure that you and your family are going to have the kind of skiing holiday that you have been looking forward to, you need to book your holiday as soon as possible – there isn’t time to spare!