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!

 

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