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Beginner's Guide: Why Beginners Pick French Ski Resorts

France is the most popular skiing destination for British skiers. The French Alps is finding its way into the hearts of all skiers, and beginners in particular. France has always boasted a special lure for holidaymakers with its mouth-watering cuisine and delicious wines, but now the ski resorts are becoming the most appealing slice of French life. In this guide, we run through the top seven reasons why beginners are picking French resorts for a skiing holiday.

Accessibility

Accessibility

Arguably the top reason Britons are opting for ski holidays in France is the proximity to Britain and the easy accessibility by car, train or plane which makes travel to and from your ski accommodation effortless. Short travel times also highlight French ski resorts as an ideal spot for a weekend break. Urbanites across the UK, as well as Europe, are escaping the grind of working life for a magical, relaxing long weekend away in France without spending most of their time off travelling.

Atmosphere

The French Alps holds an enchanting atmosphere that makes any skiing holiday here an unforgettable experience. Many of the French ski towns offer an authentic French feel but with plenty of people from all over the world staying to enjoy the slopes, you’re sure to make many international friends. Val d’Isère is the perfect spot for beginners to benefit from custom-built areas and pistes to progress their skills while also rubbing shoulders with ski hobbyists and experts, allowing you to soak in the apres lifestyle in the pubs, restaurants and even on the slopes.

The quaint wooden chalets nestled into snow peaks also adds to the charm of our ski holidays. France is known to capture the imagination, and this statement is especially true of the ski resorts that are the perfect setting for romantic breaks, family adventures and group trips.

Add to this a whole roster of fantastic cultural events in the area to keep holidaymakers and locals alike entertained, there’s a whole lot of atmosphere waiting for you in the French Alps.

Atmosphere
Cuisine

Cuisine

After an afternoon of skiing, take to one of the diners in the Alps for some French cuisine and traditional after-dinner dishes. The French Alps has plenty of mountain and village-based restaurants serving French classics and international delights to suit all. Of course, our chalets are half-board meaning you can enjoy some great home-cooking right in your accommodation, perfect for those lazy evenings.

Itinerary

There’s plenty of off-piste activities and events to keep you entertained during your ski trip. While some beginners may want to spend every day improving their skiing skills, others may want to have as many experiences as they can. If you’re focused on experiencing the après ski lifestyle to the full, opt for Vallandry with its ski town shops and bars. For those wanting to experience a host of activities and amenities, you may consider our Serre Chevalier chalet with easy access to the villages in the valley with plenty to see and do. The medieval town of Briancon is also close-by with regular markets and several points of interest. We can help you arrange trips to make the most of your time at the resorts. What’s more, keep an eye on our blog and social media to stay up-to-date with upcoming events like dog sledding and cultural film festivals that add another activity option for your ski breaks.

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Itinerary
Network

Network

The French ski resorts are set up perfectly to welcome skiers, offering some of the world’s largest ski areas with exceptionally-connected lift and piste networks. This allows skiers to access a whole array of slopes and amenities to make the most of their ski holiday. France is also developing a lot of its ski resorts to modernise facilities and improve their ski lifts like the current developments in Serre Chevalier.

Scenery

In our opinion, nothing beats the views of the French Alps when you go on a skiing holiday here. The stunning scenery on offer is perhaps some of the best landscapes in the world! Pictures simply don’t do it justice; you need to come and experience these breath-taking scenes for yourself, especially as you go up the ski lifts or chilling on the sofa in your chalet, looking out the window.

Scenery
Value

Value

The proximity to Britain and the rest of Continental Europe means travel to and from France is relatively cheap. What becomes a concern for holidaymakers contemplating a ski holiday is that the rest of their holiday budget will be eaten up by accommodation costs. However, there are places that offer fantastic value for money with great, comfortable accommodation like Hucksters lodges that does not compromise on location and amenities. Our Vallandry chalet, for example, offers doorstep skiing and is half-board with scrumptious home cooking. If you’re looking for a ski trip deal, be sure to check out our ski offers which is perfect for beginners who want to try out skiing for the first time.

If you want to find out more about skiing holidays with Hucksters, get in touch with us via the online form or emailing us at info@hucksterslodge.com. If you’re ready to book your ski holiday, pick your location and dates, and go through the simple booking enquiry process.

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