5 Reasons You’ll Love A French Alps Ski Holiday:
There are several exciting places in the world where you can ski or snowboard ̶ Australia, New Zealand and even Lebanon.
But when you want a winter sports holiday with a certain je ne sais quoi, you can’t beat the French Alps ̶ nowhere on Earth blends majestic mountain scenery, pristine powder pistes and awesome apres-ski quite as beautifully.
Not convinced yet? You will be after reading these five reasons you’ll love a French Alps ski holiday!
1 – Scenery
This part of the world is peppered with picturesque scenery ̶ from the vertiginous 3842m Aiguille du Midi summit you’re rewarded with unparalleled views of the Glacier des Bossons and Mont Blanc, while the panoramic Mont Blanc gondola whisks you across snow-capped peaks with a bird’s eye view across to Italy’s Pointe Helbronner. When it comes to chic resorts, Chamonix takes some beating and its elegant town centre is bordered by lush meadows and bubbling brooks as well as striking mountains.
2 – Food
From a simple croque monsieur washed down with divine hot chocolate to haute cuisine with grand cru champagne, you’ll find something to tempt every type of taste buds in this part of the world and there’s international and fusion food as well as French fare. However, if you’re a high-end foodie it’s best to head to Courchevel, which has more Michelin-starred restaurants than you can shake a baguette at, including the legendary Le Kintessence and charming Chabichou.
3 – Fashion
You’ll see fantastic couture on and off the slopes in every ski resort in this stylish part of the world ̶ from cute colour-coordinated jump suits for swooshing down the pistes to suave apres-ski styles that take athleisure to another level. You’ll find sporty fashions in ski hire and equipment stores across the Alps, but for luxury styles that turn heads, browse chic boutique Bernard Orcel in Courchevel 1850, which carries luxe labels like Burberry, Missoni, Stefano Ricci, Fendi and Elan.
4 – Apres-ski
For many adult Alpine enthusiasts, apres-ski is just as important as well-groomed pistes and snowparks packed with rails and kickers, so you’ll find everything from swish cocktail bars to traditional bars and super-clubs where you can party ‘til the wee small hours. If you’re in Val Thorens don’t miss La Folie Douce, which has live music, stage shows and the highest dancefloor in Europe, at a heady 2600m.
5 – Accommodation
There are several different accommodation types available in most French Alps ski areas, from traditional Savoyard stone and wood chalets to modern apartment blocks and beautiful contemporary hotels. Many complexes offer doorstep skiing and have onsite spa and wellness centres, so you’ll definitely feel pampered. Talk to an Alpine ski holiday agent like Erna Low for recommendations on the best residence for your needs.
Hopefully you’re convinced that your next holiday should be snow, skis and snowboards rather than sun, sea and sand ̶ have fun when you get there!