Wednesday 13 May 2015

Skiing holidays to France: Choose the lesser known resort

When thinking of skiing in France you can easily be distracted by the super resorts such as Tignes, Les Arcs, and Alpe d'Huez, who attract the masses year in year out.

How about choosing a lesser known resort, one with easy access to the more popular resort but that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds and at a lower cost!

Here are a few of the neighboring resorts to choose from:

Tignes Les Brévières

You can stay in picturesque Les Brévières and ski the Espace Killy shared by Tignes and neighbouring, lift-linked, Val d'Isère. Parts of the village date back to the13th century, but it is still at a snowsure altitude of 1550m.

Unspoilt by large-scale modern development, this is still very much a corner of the real France, most of the village restaurants and bars are family run.

It is also considerably cheaper to stay in than its better known neighbors, each 15 minutes away by road and voted on eof the top ski resorts for experts !

Why Tignes Les Brévières?

·          Direct ski access to the massive Espace Killy area
·          A quiet alternative to the other bustling resorts in Tignes
·          Excellent beginners area

Accommodation in Les Brévières:

Santa Terra  - Self catered apartments

Santa Terra - Les Brevieres 

Bourg St Maurice (Les Arcs)

With the mainline train station at Bourg Saintt Maurice, you can take the funicular railway to Arc 1600 which is a convenient and easy route into the resort. It takes 7 minutes and runs every 20 minutes, starting at 07h30 and running until 20h00 (07h30-21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays). Free with a valid lift pass.

Why Bourg St Maurice – Les Arcs?

·          Easy access to Arcs 1600 from Bourg St Maurice
·          Wide variety of pistes to suit every skier/snowboarder
·          Easy rail link from the UK

Accommodation in Bourg St Maurice:

Le Coeur d'Or - Self catered apartments

Le Coeur d'Or - Bourg St Maurice 

Vaujany (Alpe d'Huez)

Linked to the superb resort of Alpe d'Huez and the Grand Domaine ski domain (250 km of pistes), Vaujany's high capacity cable car departs from the village centre and reaches the top of Pic Blanc (3330 m) in less time than from Alpe d'Huez itself - and there is less queuing too.

Vaujany is easily accessed from Grenoble (50 km) by main trunk road.

The Ski Club of Great Britain recently named Vaujany in France as Europe's most family friendly resort (October 2008).

Why Vaujany?

·          Vaujany is a charming mountain village
·          First class skiing for all with good snow conditions
·          One of the best resorts for children with new sports centre
·          Southern Alps climate with above average sunshine

Accommodation in Vaujany:

Le Crystal Balnc - Self catered apartments

Le Crystal Blanc - Vaujany

Le Grenier - Self catered apartments

Le Grenier - Vaujany

Thursday 13 February 2014

French Alps Ski Resort Webcams

If you are looking to book your French Alps ski holiday and want to have a nosy at some of the resorts or have already booked your winter ski holiday, you may wish to view the relevant web cam for French Alps resorts. Here is a list of links to many of the French Alps resort webcams.

Les Deux Alpes Glacier Webcam, French Alps Webcam, Oisans webcams
View from Les Deux Alpes glacier webcam on 29/11/13

Grand Massif Webcams

Samoens Webcam

Morillon Webcam

Flaine Webcam

Portes du Soleil Webcams

Les Gets Webcam

Chatel Webcam

Morzine Webcam

Avoriaz Webcam

Aravis - Lake Annecy Webcams

Le Grand Bornand Webcam

La Clusaz Webcam

Annecy Webcam

Mont Blanc Webcams and Val d'Arly Webcams

Chamonix Webcam,12,en.html

Megeve Webcam

Oisans Webcams

Les Deux Alpes Webcam

Montgenevre Webcam

Vaujany Webcam

Oz-en-Oisans Webcam

3 Valleys & Tarentaise Webcams

La Rosiere Webcam

Peisey-Vallandry Webcam

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise Webcam

Tignes les Brevieres Webcam

Tignes les Boisses 1800 Webcam

Valmorel Webcam

Maurienne Valley Webcams

Val Cenis Webcam

Aussois Webcam,webcams.html

Valloire Webcam,pictures_p159-webcams.aspx

Saint-Francois Longchamp Webcam

Grand Domaine Webcams

Alpe d'Huez Webcam

Paradiski Webcams

Les Arcs Webcam

La Plagne Webcam

3 Vallees Webcams

Courchevel Webcam

Les Menuires Webcam

Meribel Webcam

Val Thorens Webcam

Espace Killy Webcams

Val d'Isere Webcam

Southern Alps Webcams

Isola 2000 Webcam

Vars Webcam

Thursday 6 February 2014

Ski France

Skiing in France is an excellent and viable holiday option for Brits looking for outdoor adventure, not too far away from home. Ski resorts France are largely based in the French Alps although there is also a significant ski season in the French Pyrenees.

With so many French ski resorts offering different character and charm, there really is something for everyone when skiing in France. 

Skiing in Morillon, Morillon ski holidays
Skiing in Morillon

Popular French ski resorts include:

Benefits of skiing in France:

  • Easily accessible and extensive travel options - whether self drive, train or flying to the French Alps, it has never been easier to ski in France
  • Holiday types to suit everyone - whether it be family skiing, budget skiing, group ski holidays, luxury ski apartments, self catered ski chalets or ski and spa, there really is something for everyone when skiing France
  • Abundance of snowsure ski resorts due to factors such as high altitude locations, micro-climates and snow cannons
  • Plethora of ski resorts, each with its own character and style
  • Variety of runs to suite all skiing abilities - green runs, blue runs, red runs, black runs as well as excellent off-piste opportunities
  • Lively and varied apres-ski
  • Plenty of options for non-skiers and mixed-ability groups