Holiday skiing in the French Alps - which resort to pick?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 4:24 PM

Skiing in the half-term holidays is one of the best ways to make the most of the school break. Not only does the short escape give you enough time to enjoy swishing down the slopes, but late winter also makes for some great skiing opportunities you can experience.

There is a vast number of skiing holidays available for this time of the year, whether you're looking for a package deal or want to organise everything yourself.

You might be overwhelmed by the choice available, as there are plenty of destinations that offer competitive deals, as well as resorts that provide a range of family-friendly facilities.

France is a particularly popular location for those looking for all-inclusive ski holidays due to the many resorts it has in its Alpine region.

Les Gets is just one of them, and this area is located in the Portes du Soleil region in France, spanning more than 650 km.

Therefore, you're sure to find pistes to suit your entire family, whether there are beginners among you or those who have been sliding down mountain peaks for years.

Another reason why many families head to Les Gets is because it is a great destination if you want to keep your kids entertained during your break.

Festivals and events take place here throughout the year, so you might find something to get involved in if your youngsters want a break from skiing.

There are several activities to take part in away from the snow, so your little ones can have a rest from the slopes when they wish to.

What's more, the town also has a wide selection of cafes and restaurants, so you're sure to find somewhere suitable to eat even for the fussiest of eaters.

Children who are keen to improve their skiing skills, on the other hand, will be able to do so at the English-speaking ski and snowboard school, which could make Les Gets the first of many ski trips to come.

One of the most popular ski resorts in France is Courchevel, so you might wish to consider a holiday here.

The first purpose-built resort in France has seen many different types of skiers swish down its slopes in the past, from celebrities to families. So, while you might have a chance to spot a famous face or two, you can also be confident that the resort will be able to cater to you and your children's needs.

In Courchevel, you can choose from a wide selection of accommodation options, whether you want to hire ski chalets between your family and friends or you would like an all-inclusive hotel holiday.

If you think your kids might tire from skiing every day of your break, you'll be relieved to hear that the town is home to a number of shops, cafes and restaurants, so you'll be able to give your legs a rest on a couple of occasions during your trip.

Another destination you might consider visiting is Les Arcs, offering winter sports opportunities for everyone, no matter their ability or experience.

It is part of the Paradiski area and the highest point in Les Arcs reaches 3,226 m, making it a high altitude resort.

As well as having a kids' club to keep children amused during the half-term, this is a good place for a family holiday because of its beginner slopes and relaxed cafe culture.

Something that makes Les Arcs stand out from other resorts is the high proportion of ski-to-door wooden chalets it has, meaning you can set off on the slopes directly from your accommodation.

These are just a few resorts of the in France that offer excellent opportunities to take part in winter sports, as well as provide family-friendly facilities, so take a look at the different options and you could enjoy a half-term holiday you and your kids won't forget in a hurry!


Top destinations for a family ski holiday

Top destinations for a family ski holiday

It can be difficult choosing a ski resort that caters to every member of your group's requirements. That is why many parents decide to leave a family ski trip until their children are older and more proficient at snowplowing and parallel turning.

Skiing is a great way to get the most out of a long weekend

Maximise your time off by taking a skiing holiday

If you're pushed for time but fancy getting away from it all then you may want to consider heading to the Alps for a ski trip. Even if you've only got a few days to spare, you'll find that you're able to squeeze loads of action – and relaxation – into a weekend on the slopes, and will probably get more benefit out of a couple of days in the mountains than a whole week lounging around on a beach.

Visit La Plagne for the ideal family ski trip

La Plagne: the ideal family skiing destination

Short skiing breaks offer a fantastic opportunity for families to spend some time together in a scenic setting, while also getting plenty of exercise. La Plagne in France is a particularly popular resort for family skiing holidays - read on to find out all about it.

If you've only got a few days for a trip, go skiing!

Skiing mini-break: why hitting the slopes is a great way to spend a long weekend

If you're planning on going a way for a long weekend then you need to make sure you choose the right type of holiday and really make the most of every moment. After all, time is of the essence and the last thing you want to do is waste it not enjoying yourself. For that reason, we'd recommend a skiing trip, as there are few activities more exhilarating than hurtling down a mountain surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.

Have a lovely long weekend in Saint-Tropez

Top 3 things to do on a villa break to Saint-Tropez

If you are keen to embark on a luxurious long weekend away but haven't yet decided where to go, you should think about visiting Saint-Tropez (or St Tropez, as it's sometimes spelt). This glamorous coastal town is the ideal place for a short break, though upon arriving you may be tempted to extend your holiday a little longer!

Race round the Alps on a whistlestop tour

Conquer the French Alps on a ski safari

Every day is a new experience with the new ski safari experience from Savoie Mont Blanc. Discover different valleys, with opportunities for heli-skiing, meaning you can pack even more into your long weekend.

Have a family getaway in Dordogne

Find family-friendly attractions in Dordogne

A short break to France offers a great opportunity for parents and children alike to get away from it all and relax, if only for a few days. Although it's possible to enjoy family-friendly fun all across the country, Dordogne is a particularly good destination as it contains attractions suitable for people of all ages.

Take the kids on a family skiing break

Take the kids on a wonderful short ski break

Taking your children for a short skiing break can make for a memorable getaway for the whole family. Not only will you get to spend quality time with your loved ones, but you'll get some fresh air and exercise. Have you thought about where the best places to head for such holidays are? Read on to find out more.

Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?