When you’re planning a ski trip there’s one place that immediately comes to mind; the French Alps. There are ski resorts all around the world that are great but the French Alps are by far the best place to go. You’ve got a huge choice of resorts and some of the best ski trails in the entire world. You can find some great, traditional family resorts, as well as modern ski resorts high in the mountains. Whatever you want out of a ski holiday, you can find it there. Here is a beginner’s guide to skiing in this winter wonderland.
The problem is, there is so much choice in the French Alps it can be difficult to decide which resort is best for you which is why you need this beginner’s guide to skiing in the Alps. The way to work out where you should go is to look at your priorities. If you’re looking for a fast paced party atmosphere, you’ll want to go for some of the apres ski resorts around. But that’s not suitable for a family trip so if you’re taking the kids along, look at some of the more traditional village resorts instead. These are some of the best options to help you decide.
Chamonix has some of the best trails in the world but if you’re a novice, it might not be the best place for you. It’s famous for its huge descents and extreme trails that are great fun for an advanced skier. It’s also the site of the largest vertical ski lift in the world. However, if you’ve only been once or twice, or it’s your first time, you’ll struggle on some of those descents and risk injuring yourself. There are some novice areas but they’re often a bus ride away which can be a bit of a pain. The traditional town at the foot of the mountain is beautiful but if you aren’t that experienced, you might want to consider going somewhere else.
When you’re on a ski holiday, the slopes aren’t your only concern. The surroundings and facilities in your accommodation are also important. If you’re looking for a relaxing week away so you can put your feet up after a day on the slopes, Meribel is one of the best places to go. The luxury catered Chalet Foinsbois comes complete with a sauna, games room, gym and a hot tub. It still has all of the charms of a traditional ski chalet but with some great added extras. It’s the ideal choice for somebody that wants an indulgent ski holiday that maintains some of the magic of an old log cabin. The ski routes around Meribel are also more suited to beginners than the ones at Chamonix.
If you aren’t too bothered about staying in a traditional ski chalet, you should think about visiting Avoriaz. The ski resort, built in the 1960’s inspires a lot of different reactions from people. The buildings look like big apartment blocks, built from cedar wood. From a distance, they blend into the mountain but up close they’re a bit odd. However, Avoriaz is the perfect resort for skiers that aren’t that experienced. There is a ski lift straight from the village up to the surrounding slopes. Most people say that those slopes are enough to keep you entertained for a week but if you want to venture outside and find something more advanced, you can. You’re very close to a lot of the surrounding resorts so if you stay in Avoriaz, you’ve got plenty of choice for slopes at all skill levels.
When you’re going with a group that is mixed skill, there might be a lot of dispute on where you should go. The more experienced skiers won’t want to go to a beginners area where they’re going to be bored, but the novice skiers won’t be able to handle the difficult slopes that you find in resorts like Chamonix. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to that problem, head to Alpe-d’Huez. You’ll find a huge range of slopes for all skill levels, from beginners right up to the black runs that are reserved for experts. The beauty of going somewhere like that is that, even if you’re a beginner, you can move up to the harder slopes later in the week when you’re more confident, and nobody will ever get bored of the slopes.
Choosing the right ski resort for a winter holiday all depends on what you want out of your trip. If you’re an advanced skier, head to some of the more serious resorts where you’ll find the rest of the experts. If you’re a novice, you’ll want to go somewhere with plenty of slopes that you can manage.
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