Offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of Europe, the French Alps are a wonderful place to enjoy a skiing holiday.
With wide sweeping slopes and the chance to explore extensive off-piste facilities, there’s something for every level of skier from beginner to expert.
If you are considering booking a skiing holiday in the French Alps but aren’t sure whether it’s the right area for you, take a look at these FAQs below.
My partner skis but I don’t – will I be bored?
Whilst it’s true that the French Alps offer unparalleled skiing facilities, there’s much more to the area than just the slopes.
If you want to enjoy some winter sports of a different kind, there’s sledging or even ice-skating. During the warmer months or in some of the lower resorts you can also enjoy activities such as tennis and golf.
As an alternative, why not pamper yourself in one of the many spas dotted around the region? Whilst your partner enjoys hurtling down the slopes, you could be receiving a relaxing massage or making use of the sauna or Jacuzzi facilities. There are lots of different spas in each resort so you can take your pick of the best on offer.
If you don’t want to go home without enjoying the same spectacular views which skiers can enjoy, you will be able to take a cable car to the top of the mountain and admire the vista before hopping back on and being transported down again.
Can I go skiing in the summer months?
There’s no question that skiing during the winter months showcases the French Alps at its best, with lots of powdery white snow and cannons to improve the quality even further.
However, should the urge strike during the warmer seasons, it may still be possible for you to hit the slopes.
In the French Alps, there are glaciers which mean it’s possible to ski from around mid-June until the end of August, perfect for snow enthusiasts who can’t get through the summer without a ski. It’s not really an all-day event as the hot sun can make the snow turn slushy but up until lunchtime, skiing on a glacier is a lot of fun and the quality of the snow is good.
Aren’t the French Alps expensive?
No! The French Alps are surprisingly good value for money, particularly when you consider the extremely high standard of snow and skiing to be found at this destination. At http://www.alpineelements.co.uk/activity-holidays.html there are a range of holidays for different price ranges available.
Of course there are certain hotels and resorts in the French Alps which cater to the luxury market; there are also many places to stay which suit those seeking a budget holiday too.
The French Alps offer some of the top skiing conditions found anywhere in the world, which makes a budget trip to the region even better value for money.
Do I need to buy my own skis and boots?
Although you can use your own equipment during a skiing holiday, you will need to make sure you are able to transport it safely and economically when you travel.
For many people, especially those who only ski once or twice a year on holiday, simply hiring the equipment after you arrive is the easiest option.
If you want to invest in something, a pair of your own ski boots can be helpful as this can make a big difference to comfort levels when you are on the slopes. They are also relatively easy to transport although they can be very heavy.
Can I take my children skiing?
Children are able to learn how to ski from a remarkably young age; ski classes typically start from around three years of age although much depends on the actual child.
A holiday skiing in the French Alps is an experience which is open to all. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, the snow there is almost guaranteed to thrill and delight whilst the other facilities are equally top class. With friendly locals and many places speaking English, a holiday in the French Alps is something which everyone can enjoy.