French ski resorts are consistently most popular with British guests every season, and for good reason. Huge interconnected ski areas offer unrivalled access to seemingly endless miles of pistes without the need to ever take your skis off. Of particular note are the areas of Espace Killy, offering 300km of pistes between the resorts of Val D’Isere & Tignes, and the 3 Valleys, the largest interconnecting ski area in the world comprising of the resorts of Meribel, Courchevel & Val Thorens. The Portes du Soleil is also a fabulous area, offering linked access to skiing in both France and Switzerland. Our chalets are in Les Gets, a ‘real’ village, full of Alpine charm. These mammoth ski areas mean that for km/€, the seemingly higher priced lift passes actually work out as very good value.
Another of the great benefits of French ski resorts is that many of them are purpose built. Whilst some may not be as pretty as certain Austrian and Italian resorts, their design can result in offering a selection of ski in-ski out accommodation options available, and as the resorts are designed around skiers, convenience is king! These resorts are often also at high altitude, bringing the benefits of an extended season and the best chance for good snow.
As you are in France, you can be sure of some great mountain food, be it a warming French Onion Soup or filling traditional Tartiflette, the lunches are delicious, not to mention the wine!
Austria is surely the land of skiing. It is a country obsessed by the sport and there is common consensus that the Tyrolean ski resorts, such as the areas of St Anton & Obergurgl, played a significant role in developing skiing as we know it today. This passion is evident not only from their famous Austrian ski instructors who really focus on the fun and enjoyment, to the friendly local residents who offer a very high quality of service, always with a smile.
The traditional villages are typically very pretty and have a real alpine culture running through them, with most locals living and working locally all year round.
A great advantage of the resorts and their proximity to Innsbruck is short transfers. The longest of these is under 2 hours - great for young children and parents alike!
The mountain cuisine in Austria is simpler than France or Italy, but is good hearty mountain food - think Wiener Schnitzel or Bratwurst. At the end of the day, both the beer and Gluhwein are a welcome refreshment, and if you still have the energy to dance the Austrian’s will be only too happy to accommodate, with their legendary Après ski. Be warned, you may find that you have accordion withdrawal symptoms when you return to the UK!
Historically, Italian ski resorts were less well known than some of the more famous Austrian & French areas. This trend is one that is starting to shift, and with all of the benefits that skiing in Italy has to offer, it is easy to understand why.
Italian skiing offers great value for money, with lift passes and other extras such as mountain lunches often being lower priced than in other European resorts. If food is important to you, Italy is definitely a great choice, with the dishes served on the mountain matching the high quality that you would expect to enjoy elsewhere in the country. There is also plenty of delectable Italian wine of which they like to keep so secret, and of course, several options for pre-dinner Aperitif’s – Aperol Spritz anyone!?
Our resort of Gressoney is a fantastic choice for families particularly because of the Italians’ renowned love for children. The local instructors will ensure that your children will have the time of their lives, whilst the laid back atmosphere of the resort and hospitality extended by the locals allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
If you can’t decide between skiing in France or Italy, why not choose La Rosiere, a French resort which has a ski area that links to La Thuile in Italy for the best of both worlds!