FRENCH ALPS

Think ‘skiing’ and the French Alps are bound to come to mind. The huge, high-altitude ski areas are home to some of Europe’s prettiest, most challenging and most enjoyable runs. Here are five of our favourites to try… L’Aiguille Percée — Tignes Difficulty: BlueLength: 5km Cruise down a wide blue that’s full of photo moments. Start with a snap of the famous Aiguille Percée, the eye-of-the-needle rock that dominates the skyline up at 2,300m. Trace through the treeline, carve by an ice cave and skirt…Continue Reading “TOP 5 RUNS IN FRANCE”

France or Italy skiing

As France and Italy get ready to face each other in the Six Nations rugby, we put them head to head to see which is the better ski destination. It’s French Alps versus Dolomites, purpose-built versus traditional, fondue versus pizza – but which one wins out for you? Mountain stats No. of resorts:France – 28Italy – 19Biggest ski area:France – Portes du Soleil, 650kmItaly – Dolomiti Superski, 1,220kmHighest resort:France – Val Thorens, 2,300mItaly – Cervinia, 2,050mHighest skiing:France – Chamonix, 3,842mItaly – Cervinia, 3,883m Skiing Think…Continue Reading “SKIING IN FRANCE VS ITALY”

La Plagne, France

Staying in a chalet is your chance to relax – and with welcoming vibes, great company and delicious food made by your Crystal chalet hosts, you’ll soon feel right at home. To help you choose your next cosy getaway, here are some of our favourite chalets in France. Carlina Chalets, La Plagne Sit back and relax in the stylish furnishings of the Hugo, Juliette and Violette chalets. As with all of our chalets, you won’t have to lift a finger. Start your day with a…Continue Reading “OUR TOP 4 FRENCH CHALETS”

Tignes Le Lac

Deep in France’s Tarentaise Valley are the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère. Together they make up the world-renowned Espace Killy ski area, known for its 300km of high-altitude skiing, gentle beginner runs and fabulous viewpoints. There’s loads to do off the slopes too, whether you’re a non-skier or just fancy an afternoon off. Not sure where to start? Here are our favourites… Things to do in Tignes Go ice diving Down in Tignes Le Lac, you can dive into a frozen lake to explore…Continue Reading “TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE ESPACE KILLY”

France is a real favourite for families, and with good reason. There’s a lot of variety in French ski resorts, so you can find a holiday that works for the whole family. It’s got huge ski areas with pistes to suit everyone, from beginners up to advanced skiers. In purpose-built resorts, the ski schools and nursery slopes are easy to reach if you’re picking up little learners in the afternoon. And kids can generally start ski school from three years old in France, whereas Italian,…Continue Reading “BEST FRENCH SKI RESORTS FOR FAMILIES”