Alpine Elements are now taking booking for the 2016/17 skiing season with £100pp off all advertised prices. There are also 1/2 price passes on selected holidays, saving you up to a further £108 per person.
Simply use the code ‘SKI2017’ at checkout and the discount will be applied. A few examples are shown below and all the prices below include London flights and transfers to and from the resorts. Higher prices generally refer to high season dates with better snow conditions.
Well this years has been ‘interesting’ and possibly a bit worrying from the point of view of early season snowfall across most of the lower level French resorts, with only the best snow sure resorts having a long and consistent season.
The Ski Prix catered chalet holiday in a couple of weeks is in Morzine this year. Whilst we love Morzine as a resort and the Portes du Soleil is a great skiing area, the relative lack of altitude at the lower levers of the resort has caused some concern this year with the lack of snow. Morzine itself is at 1000m with the lowest piste also at 1000m although the highest lift does get up to 2460m so the likelyhood of there being no snow at all is reduced.
The last week seems to have supplied the most substantial snowfall of the season and we’re all hoping that it stays around until at least the end of March!
It may be that future chalet bookings may have to be at resorts at a higher altitude and more ‘Snow Sure’ conditions where decent levels of the white stuff, if not guaranteed, are at least more likely.
Snow Sure Resorts in France
Les 2 Alps
Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort at 2300m and boasts some incredible views of the Alps as well as good connections to the rest of the 3 Valleys ski area. There is a varied snow sure terrain and some of the best conditions for early or late season skiing, or for years like this season with very little snowfall.
Les Deux Alpes
At 1650m but with glacier skiing up to 3600m, Les Deux Alpes is another snow sure resort. With amazing views of Mont Blanc and summertime skiing the town’s main street has some of the best bars in the mountains and is known and loved for it’s Apres Ski.
Again with glacier and summer skiing on the Grande Motte, Tignes is another of Europe’s highest resorts between 1650m and 2100m, with links to the massive Espace Killy ski area. With a choice of 5 villages falling under the Tignes mantle there is plenty of choice between comfort, economy and convenience.
Next door to Tignes is Val d’Isere. At an altitude of 1850m and the highest point being at 3480m, this is another snow sure resort and shares the Espace Killy with it’s neighbour. Considered by some to be the best ski resort in the world, with some wild and wonderful apres ski, Val d’Isere is probably more suited to the younger more accomplished skier or snowboarder.
La Plagne is another resort with several different levels and accommodation types with the base elevation being at 1250m and the top at 3250m. It’s possible to stay in either one of the purpose built resorts or in an age-old hamlet, either way La Plagne is a great all rounder, with access to the Paradiski area and its wide cruising pistes or tree lined trails.
Les Arcs again has several different levels covered by the same general area. Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 with altitudes ranging from 810m to 3225m. Part of the Paradiski area and home of the fastest downhill course (and the apparent home of snowboarding) Les Arcs is one of the top snow sure ski destinations in France. Varied accommodation and a lively apres ski scene make the area well worth trying.
Facing Mont Blanc and at an elevation of between 1600m and 2500m Flaine is part of the 5th largest ski area in France, the Grand Massif (the ‘big snowy bowl’) with a variety of terrains to suit skier and snowboarder alike. This is a purpose built resort so lacks some of the charm of the older resorts built around existing villages, but the skiing more than makes up for that!
At 1300m Courchevel tends to be just above the snowline with the highest lift up to 2740m. Traditional and stylish with great amenities and well linked to the rest of the Three Valleys ski area the resort is one of the most popular in the world. A 5 star luxury resort with traditional style and skiing to suit all levels.
Chamonix town centre is situated at 1035m but has lifts up to 3842m giving great snow sure conditions and fantastic scenery. Renowned as the global capital of winter sports Chamonix is a proper mountain town dominated by Mont Blanc, is great for apres ski and has plenty to do for non skiers too.
The resort of Les Menuires was founded in 1964 and is at 1850m with the highest lift up to 3200m and connections to more that 600km of runs in the 3 Valleys ski area. As one of the cheaper destination in The 3 Valleys, convenience is the key with skiing on the doorstep and excellent facilities for all tastes and types.
The ratings above are from Sno.co.uk who have more great information and holidays on their website.
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