The snow train

Eurostar operate a direct service from the dreary skies of London to the crisp air of the French Alps. We jumped on board to try it out and after an effortless ride to the mountains, we’re big fans. Find out why should you skip the airport and head for the train station. Our journey At 8.45am, we joined the pack of multi-coloured coats and ski bags at St Pancras’ Eurostar terminal. Within the hour, we’d boarded the train and were off to the mountains. Our…Continue Reading “THE SNOW TRAIN TO THE SLOPES”

Skiing in Val Thorens

We all have our favourite runs, whether it’s the gradient, width, scenery or lack of crowds that’s got you hooked. With eight resorts connected by 600km of piste, France’s Three Valleys area has plenty of possibilities, especially for intermediates – but where to start? Combe de la Saulire – Courchevel Red run Catch the first lifts up from Courchevel or Méribel-Mottaret to get the crisp corduroy of the Combe de la Saulire all to yourself. Tackle the steep start of this 3km run and you’ll be…Continue Reading “OUR FAVOURITE SKI RUNS IN THE THREE VALLEYS”

Arc 1950 Le Village Apartments, Les Arcs

French ski resorts have a first-rate mix of hotels and apartments across every budget and style, but which to choose? Hotels often have bars, swimming pools and spas on site, so you can wind down in your own way after a day on the slopes. Couples and small groups will have all the space they need in a twin or triple room. And most hotels are half board, so your breakfast and evening meal are included, and you can still sample the local restaurants at…Continue Reading “WHERE TO STAY ON A SKI HOLIDAY TO FRANCE”

France is a real favourite for families, and with good reason. There are lots of child-friendly French ski resorts, so you’re bound to find something that works for the whole family. Why ski in France with kids? 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,…Continue Reading “THE BEST FAMILY SKI RESORTS IN FRANCE”

Val d'Isere

Val d’Isère is a favourite for many skiers. And as a glacier resort with excellent snow, buzzing après bars and even more fun to be had off the slopes, it’s clear why. Where to ski Beginners can practice on the village nursery slopes before trying out the green runs in the heart of Espace Killy. We like the Verte – it’s a long, open run ideal for perfecting your technique. Intermediate skiers will love the blue and red runs of the Bellevarde and La Daille…Continue Reading “TOP TIPS FOR VAL D’ISÈRE”