So, why book a ski holiday in France when the UK has seen the heaviest snowfall since records began? The Scottish ski resorts are reporting their busiest season ever, with excellent skiing conditions for all levels.
Well, this is exactly the reason why you should still consider going further afield for your annual powder fix. British skiing is wonderful when you can get it, but the travel time for many of us means that skiing abroad is a more convenient option. If you then have to queue endlessly for the lifts, the restaurant, it quickly loses its appeal.
A resort such as Val d’Isere is geared up for a massive influx of visitors every year, with over 300 km of pistes and a combination of cable cars, funicular, chair lifts and tows totalling over 100 lifts which serve 135 runs. Even at the height of the season, queues are virtually non-existent as there are over 78,000 rides per hour to whisk you up the slopes. Add to this the bluebird days and spectacular scenery, and you’ll be in ski heaven.
If you want to be truly pampered, look at our selection of luxury catered ski chalets for a unique and memorable experience. The winning combination of luxurious yet welcoming surroundings, fine cuisine prepared to your tastes, hot tubs and ski in, ski out access is unforgettable. For families, we can arrange nanny services in addition to our experienced and welcoming chalet staff and concierge service. The resort itself has excellent creche facilities and ski tuition for all levels.
For children, there are endless activities to choose from. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 5pm, they can ‘airboard’ – a snow bodyboard that gives the sensation of flying above the snow; Snake Gliss - a “snow snake” sleigh for up to 20 people (minimum age 7); or play 5-a-side snow football. This all takes place at the foot of the Solaise area.
So, how do you get there? Val d’Isere travel options include flights to Grenoble, Geneva, Chambery or Lyon from many UK airports. If you prefer to let the train take the strain, the nearest station, Bourg St Maurice, is only a 20 minute taxi ride from Val d’Isere.
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