Hit the slopes

12/10/2017 11:45:16
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Thinking of hitting the slopes this ski season? You'll enjoy it even more when travelling with your own car! With no excess luggage charges or restrictions to worry about, you can pack everything you need, including skis, snowboards and salopettes. 

For a little inspiration, we've rounded up a range of our favourite French ski resorts for beginners and pros alike, and have even thrown in approximate drive times from St Malo. 

 

Val Thorens, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville 

Approx. 10 hour drive 

Being highest ski resort in Europe, you'll enjoy doorstep skiing and snowboarding, with guaranteed snow cover from November to May! The resorts position at the head of the Bellville Valley, surrounded by a horseshoe of dramatic peaks, is truly spectacular. 

 

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie 

Approx. 9 hour drive 

One of the oldest resorts in France, Chamonix is situated on the base of Mont-Blanc, offering both nursery slopes to fast-cruising pistes. Ski instructors and mountain guides come here to qualify, and every dedicated skier and snowboarder puts it on their bucket list to see how they’ll measure up. 

 

Val d’Isere, Savoie   

Approx. 10 hour drive 

Best suited to intermediates and better, no visit to Val d-Isere is complete without enjoying the great après ski... You’ll find a great choice of deluxe chalets and top-class hotels to choose from. Home to a number of ski and snowboard events each year, more Britons visit here each year than anywhere else in the world. 

 

Avoriaz, Morzine 

Approx. 9.5 hour drive 

A relatively small purpose-built resort perched on a sloping shelf, Avoriaz has great family-friendly facilities. The village has lifts and pistes fanning out in all directions, offering differing terrains and difficulties. 

 

Courchevel, Tarentaise Valley

Approx. 9.5 hour drive

With many north-facing slopes, the snow in Courchevel valley is usually some of the best in the whole ski area. The area is a collection of small villages, all linked by lifts, pistes and a road. This resort is very upmarket, attracting celebrities such as the Beckhams and William & Kate. 

 

Cauterets, Occitanie,French Pyrenees

Approx. 8 hour drive

A centuries-old spa town of considerable beauty, Cauterets is the ideal short break destination. Although it’s relatively limited in its offering, with just 36km of pistes, the quality is great. 

 

La Mongie, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, French Pyrenees

Approx. 8 hour drive

A purpose built resort with convenient access to the slopes, perfect for intermediates as well as some off piste for those looking for a challenge. The prices in this resort can be half as much as those in the French Alps. 

 

La Plagne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Approx. 10hour drive

Made up of 11 separate villages, La Plagne has it all - from budget, no frills apartments to luxury hotels. Much of the local ski area is on a gentle plateau, perfect for beginners, but as you descend further north or south you’ll find steeper routes. 


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