Wondering where to ski this winter? Where the best runs are for different levels? Or where you can find the best vin chaud; or eat your body weight in cheese? We’re in 14 incredible resorts this year. Each of which has its own quirks, charms and appeal. But don’t take our word for it. Here is our round-up of some articles which feature great reasons to ski in any number of resorts across the Alps:
Courchevel & La Tania
World class skiing, a foodies paradise and some of the best people watching in the Alps. It’s easy to see the appeal of Courchevel. Each village has it’s own charm and appeal for different markets so there is something to suit all ages and budgets.
Part of the expansive Paradiski area and one of the best resorts for intermediates, Les Arcs offer top-notch pistes, a variety of villages to suit every budget and one of Europe’s largest speed riding school – for serious adrenaline junkies!!
One of the best intermediate ski and snowboard resorts.
Offers visitors a huge ski area to discover, with plenty of long, easy blue runs as well as more challenging steep stuff.
At the heart of the Three Valleys with it’s 600km of pistes to explore and with arguably some of the best après in the Alps Méribel stands as a firm favourite for British holidaymakers. We agree wholly on the Mottaret burger front, although with the arrival of the Folie Douce after this article was written we’d advise you head their first for the ultimate après warm up before heading to the Ronnie!
Quirky bars, amazing restaurants and the best pulled pork this side of the States. We think they’ve omitted oodles of incredible terrain to explore, but those saunas would certainly tempt you off the slopes. And we could happily spend an afternoon in the Bec Jaune sipping their homebrews and tasty treats.
An alpine town with real character. Combines dazzling new chalets with diverse terrain and plenty of things to see and do. A firm fav with families and ski aficionados
Incredible off-piste terrain in resort, and off-piste mecca La Grave just around the corner, Serre Chevalier is one of France’s best-kept secrets. And because of this Serre Chevalier remains notably cheaper than the bigger name resorts giving you much more bang for your buck!
Think quaint rustic village charm and great value holidays within the Three Valleys and you’ll understand the appeal of St Martin. Situated just over the mountain from Méribel it is growing in popularity with those seeking a more relaxing getaway. Top nosh food and amazing skiing are among the reasons why it should be a serious contender for your next holiday!
Small, low-key and traditional. Offers a radically different experience from neighbouring resorts. Not for the party animal – and that’s how all its visitors want to keep it.
High altitude slopes, snowsure conditions and the infamous Espace Killy to explore it’s easy to see why holidaymakers flock to Tignes. Admittedly it’s not the most picturesque resort but it makes up for that with the incredible skiing it has to offer and the slightly lower prices in resort are also a bonus.
On a sunny day, the high valley of Tignes is so beautiful it’ll make your eyes bleed. Only when the clouds come down you’ll notice its full of ugly buildings.
Incredible snow fall, picturesque town centre and amazing off-piste. Val d’Isère has quite rightly earned its reputation as one of the world’s premiere ski destinations. Read on to find out why…
Both the terrain and the town are an ideal ski resort.
High altitude slopes mean that you’re guaranteed some of the best conditions in the Alps. Combine this with a lively party scene and now some fancy hotels to boot and you’ll see why Val Thorens is considered the resort to watch as it shows it has far more to offer than great value skiing.
Stunning views, fine dining and developing off-piste terrain. And with much quieter slopes then some of its more famous neighbours. It’s easy to see the allure of the Swiss resort of Villars.
One seriously cool hotel, a spattering of awesome bars and restaurants and a bakery that serves croissants on your way home from the pub. What more could you want? Or yes, some seriously challenging terrain for you to explore and conquer!
This is just a selection of insider’s tips to their resorts (and ours). Read more about each resort on our resort pages.