Ski France – Still the market leader, with a whopping 43% of UK skiers opting for the big names and big ski areas, with high altitude assuring guaranteed snow, which France offers in such abundance.
France is the powerhouse when it comes to seriously BIG ski areas, including four of the all-time greats, that any skier or snowboarder is going to want to notch up at some point in their snow career.
Why Ski France?
The Ski Areas
Les Trois Vallées (The 3 Valleys) - from Courchevel
via Méribel and La Tania to Val Thorens and Les Menuires, 600kms of
piste, plus endless off-piste areas, link up into one of the
world’s biggest ski domaines.
Espace Killy - with chic Val d’Isère on one side,
and high altitude Tignes on the other, Espace Killy is a favourite with
more experienced skiers and riders, for the sheer scale of its
challenges, both on and off-piste.
Paradiski - the newest inter-linked mega-area,
with the Vanoise Express cable-car connecting Les Arcs with La Plagne -
both big ski areas in themselves - to create a combined 425kms of
ideal intermediate terrain.
Portes du Soleil - lays claim to the title of
‘biggest international ski area’, as the area bridges the border between
France and Switzerland, and covers a range of resorts, including
Les Gets, Avoriaz and Châtel.
France offers a complete contrast, from charming traditional villages like Les Gets and vibrant towns like Val d’Isère, to purpose-built resorts like Tignes, Val Thorens & Les Arcs, set in high altitude locations at the heart of some of the world’s biggest ski areas. Most offer some lively nightlife, as well as a host of après-ski activities and adventures to add to your holiday.
Accommodation In France
Catered Skiing Chalets France
The outright winner to emerge from the above two trends has been the
catered skiing chalet sector, and this is where France excels.
The country has by far the lion's share of Alpine ski chalets, and with
chalets being the preferred accommodation option for well over a third of
the UK ski market, this has been a key driver in France’s market dominance in
Catered Chalet Hotels
Growing out of the chalet sector, the advent of Chalet Hotels
(also called Club Hotels by some operators) has seen the informal,
convivial style so popular in skiing chalets in France spread into
larger properties, ranging from 26 beds at the lower end up to 200+ at the
top of the scale. Run by the tour operator’s own, normally British, staff,
Ski Chalet Hotels combine the ski chalet ethos with a more extensive range
of facilities, normally including an in-house bar, and frequently with
leisure facilities or ‘Wellness Areas’, offering a swimming-pool, sauna,
hot-tub and steam-room.