Winter in the French mountains

In addition to perfectly groomed slopes and stunning scenery, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Alps this season: exceptional restaurants, luxury spas and some fabulous off-piste ideas and spots for après-ski. Here we try a few alternative sports, explore the cosiest new hideaways to chill out afterwards and look at the resorts offering eco-friendly holidays too.
Get ready to pack your bags!

Plan your stay in the French Alps

  • Trendy Alpine digs: what’s new for 2019-2020?

    With holiday dates set, now it’s time for the tricky decision of resort and accommodation. A hotel, residence or chalet? Ski-in ski-out or off the beaten track? Classic or original? To make it easier for you, we’ve done some of the groundwork and unearthed a few nuggets. Here are five great ideas for your next Alpine escape.

    Find your home for your skiing holiday!
  • 5 trendy places to eat in the mountains

    We all know the mountain hotspots where everyone goes for a drink and a bite to eat… but what if we swapped our old habits for a new cool? From current trends to places off the beaten track, we take stock of a few new gourmet experiences to share with friends.

    It is finally time to eat!

Where to go in the French Alps?

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    Linked ski resorts: A French specialty

    France is the ideal destination for skiers who are hungry for the great outdoors with 22 ski areas connected by slopes or by shuttle, including 19 in Savoie Mont Blanc and 2 in Isère. There’s no doubt about it: this winter, it’s in France that your skis and snowboards will find their happiness.

    Discover a huge selection of linked ski resorts
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    Combining ski holidays and protecting the environment, nothing could be simpler!

    Protecting the environment isn’t just an objective for the lowlands, it also takes place in the mountains.To preserve their landscapes, managers at French ski resorts are creating initiatives that are charting the way for a "greener" ski experience.

    Discover the different environmental actions
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    The best ski-in, ski-out resorts in the French mountains

    No-one likes hobbling to the snow in their ski boots or crowding onto a swaying shuttle bus. So this winter, why not make your mountain holiday a whole lot easier by targeting a ski-in, ski-out resort? Here in France, they’re something of a speciality

    The best ski-in, ski-out resorts in the French mountains

Ready, Set, TRAIL!

  • The best trails in the French Alps

    Trail running in the UK is booming, with more races being added to the calendar every year. Increasingly British runners are heading to France in summer for the chance to run the beautiful Alpine trails.

    Don't forget to pack some running shoes with you!

What to do to keep you occupied?

  • Spas and altitude: a match made in heaven

    Gone are the days when the mountains in winter were only for skiers and cheese addicts. Some may still go for a snow-fuelled adrenaline rush, but more and more others are heading to the Alps for spa-led relaxation – or a combination of the two. So whether it’s a wellness break or alternative après-ski you’re after, here’s our selection of the French Alps’ five most beautiful spas.

    It's time to relax
  • Why going skiing outside school holidays?

    It has to be said: you can really hit the jackpot in the mountains outside school holidays. With fewer people on the roads, empty pistes and tempting prices, there’s a greater range of options available. So for the lucky ones who aren’t tied by termtimes, here are four ideas for your next off-season ski break.

    Discover the different environmental actions

How to get there?

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  • Getting to the French Alps

    There’s a wide variety of options for travelling to the French Alps from the UK or Ireland. Whatever the time of year, the majority of Alpine resorts are very accessible from motorways, airports and train stations.

    By air, by train or by car, find how you can go skiing!