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Where is your perfect ski resort?

10 Sep 2017

Ever wondered what your perfect ski resort might be? High-altitude glacier or picture perfect mountain village? Bustling après or authentic alpine? Family friendly or a place to impress on the corporate ski? Or maybe you are working your way through your ski bucket list? We are here to help you make that choice with our perfect ski resort guide to the BC resorts

Méribel - the heart of Les Trois Vallées ski area


Méribel lies at the heart of the Three Valleys, one of the most famous ski areas in the world. It offers over 600km of pistes, with over 111 off-piste trails and over 85% of its slopes over 1800 meters. On a holiday here you could conceivably ski a new ski valley with every gondola, enjoying fresh tracks with every turn and fit in a visit to swanky Courchevel and high-altitude Val Thorens.

Méribel is an ideal destination for larger mixed ability ski groups such as large families, groups of friends or corporate ski groups. The pistes here are extensive but equally suit beginners through to experts, with no one getting bored.

It’s easy to fall in love with Méribel town itself. Comprised of pretty chalet-style architecture, in wooded surroundings, with a friendly village atmosphere and so much going on. From the famous après, such as the excitable La Folie Douce, to Michelin-starred restaurants for delicious fine dining experiences. You can enjoy ultimate après or go totally zen, with hot pod yoga, an abundance of spas, and masses of non-ski activities including cross-country trails, snow-shoeing, wellness, swimming pools, cinema, ice rinks, shopping and so much more. Méribel holds the French national Famille Plus award as a resort dedicated to offering exceptional family holidays and experiences.

Our top tip this winter: Try out the Black Forest Challenge, a 3-kilometre themed sled track with 28 corners and a 470m descent.

 

 

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Morzine - the largest ski area in the world and perfect for mixed groups


Morzine has it all. In fact, it’s hard not to write an impossibly long list of everything it offers, for every ski level, type of visitor, group,non-skier.

Morzine itself is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area in the world. There are 650km of pistes, across 14 resorts, across both France and Switzerland. There are pistes of every orientation, from high altitude powder bowls to beautiful winding tree-lined runs and limitless off-piste.

For beginners, Morzine is incredibly well organised with dedicated beginner pistes, wonderful covered magic carpets and an abundance of highly qualified ski schools.

For intermediates, you might just have your ski legs, but you can still adventure here. There are endless blue runs through forests, gentle sloping wide pistes taking you back into Morzine town, other pistes taking you further afield to Les Gets, Super Morzine and Avoriaz.

For advanced and expert skiers, there are challenges galore, from powder bowls, steep and deeps, forest runs, and epic ski safaris taking in as many of the Portes du Soleil resorts as you can manage.

The town itself is picture perfect with the old streets in the village centre largely made up of traditional wooden chalets set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Off-mountain there is every kind of activity from swimming pools and aquatic centres, to cinemas, bowling, ice skating, ice hockey, and many cultural events organised by the town itself. Morzine also offers a vibrant après scene, its dining experiences are now varied and high quality and there are many weekly events such as the torch lit descent into town every week with free mulled wine and live music to enjoy, weekly markets and mountain walks, non-ski mountain sports, and spas and shopping for indulgent days.

Variety is the selling point. Authentically alpine, every group from a corporate ski group to a family ski holiday to a group of mixed ability friends will all, without question, have all their ski holiday boxes ticked.

 

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Chamonix – the home of winter sports

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the without question the international home of winter sports. Regularly voted No.1 Ski Destination in the World the extent of its ski terrain is unsurpassed which keeps skiers returning to Chamonix year after year.

For beginners, there are easy to navigate nursery slopes at the bottom of the Chamonix valley. For intermediate skiers, Chamonix has miles and miles of blue and red pistes on sunny south facing slopes.

For expert skiers, Chamonix is world-renowned, and for good reason. You can enjoy the steep deeps at Les Grand Montets, or book a guide to discover the Vallee Blanche, the longest stretch of off-piste in Europe; then there’s the World Cup piste at Kandahar and the blacks at Brévent-Flégère. That’s before you tackle some heli-skiing, ice-climbing or conquer the mammoth Mont Blanc.

With the Chamonix Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass you can also access nearby Verbier and Courmayeur making it completely impossible for you to get bored!

Off mountain the town is cosmopolitan and bustling with high-end designer shopping, exceptional and international dining experiences and enough après to fill any ski boot.

But Chamonix is also incredibly well organised for families and non-ski groups with swimming pools, cinemas, bowling, art galleries, exhibitions and an abundance of non-ski related mountain activities from snow shoeing, pony trekking, golf, a visit to the Mont Blanc and train rides to the Mer de Glace glacier. Chamonix is the endless adventure and as such large ski groups, family groups and corporate ski groups will all be exceptionally well catered for.

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Les Gets – picture perfect & family focused

Les Gets town is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps with picture postcard chalets and incredible mountain views. It is chic and stylish, both in the town, and on the mountain and is a truly fantastic place to ski and relax with family and friends.

The resort is incredibly family focused and holds the Famille Plus award – an award from the French government for the resort’s efforts to create an incredible environment for families. Just take a look at the tourist office’s Events Diary during the season and you will find an array of carefully curated and organised activities.

There is skiing for everyone here, with beginners exceptionally well catered for in Les Gets town itself, and on the Les Gets plateau. There are kilometres of blues and reds for intermediates, and some truly exciting off piste and steep and deeps for expert skiers. Ticking the ski-in box, pistes run right back to the heart of the village where bars and restaurants meet the slopes.

While there is easily enough skiing in Les Gets to keep you occupied your entire holiday, new adventures and challenges are on your doorstep as Les Gets is part of the Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area in the world, with more than 650km of pistes spanning 14 mountain villages across France and Switzerland. Just hop on the chairlift to Morzine, and away you go. Ski areas, quite literally, don’t’ get bigger.

Those not skiing will still fall in love Les Gets. There are many cultural, wellness and outdoor activities. The scenery is beautiful, with an abundance of stunning snowshoe walks and trails to take in the incredible views with many of the best mountain restaurants accessible on foot allowing you to meet up with your group for lunch. There is après ski, from the classic to the sophisticated, an array of restaurants, shopping, cinema, ice skating, bowling and an obligatory night club or two for those who like to burn the candle.

We recommend – Mont Chery, a mountain set on its own, accessible by a gondola from Les Gets village. With no beginner area, and no ski schools it is quiet in peak weeks, has incredible untracked snow on powder days, steep and deep and forest trails, and some really great restaurants offering epic views all the way to the Mont Blanc. Shh … just don’t tell anyone else!

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Author: Claire Garber



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