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Want to ski in the French Alps? Here are the best ski fields.

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They say that once you ski in France, you’re spoiled for life. ‘Spectacular’ doesn’t even come close to describing the French Alps – it’s no wonder that the Alps are one of the world’s top skiing destinations.

Apart from its incredibly beautiful powder peaks and world-class après-ski scene, the appealing thing about the French Alps is its broad range of skiing opportunities. From kids hopping on skis for the first time to advanced cross-country trails, there’s something for everyone.

So, which ski spot is perfect for your snow holiday to the French Alps? Strap on your skis and hop on – we’ve got the lowdown on this incredible part of the world.

Getting to the French Alps

While the French Alps are particularly well connected to the rest of France, it’s actually easier to get to the mountains from Geneva in Switzerland rather than Paris.

The easiest route to Geneva from Australia is via Dubai or Doha flying either Qatar Airways or Emirates. Once in Geneva, the best way to get to the ski resorts is via car or bus transfer. It’s also the most scenic and enjoyable way to witness the breathtaking countryside!

Which French Alps ski area is best for me?

With countless ski fields, it can be hard to know where to go. Below, we give you a rundown on the top picks in the area.

Espace Killy

Named after famed French skier Jean-Claude Killy, the Espace Killy is renowned as one of the best ski areas in the world and for good reason. With a ski season that lasts from November until May, over 300km of slopes and a maximum altitude of 3450m, you’ll reach the height of ski holidays here.

Number of runs: 20 green runs, 67 blue runs, 41 red runs, 26 black runs Altitude: between 1,550m and 3,450m

Ski fields in Espace Killy:

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  • Val d’Isere sits at 1850m at the foot of the slopes, and is perfect for its ski-in ski-out access to the mountain. Ideal for couples or friends, Val d’Isere has plenty of authentic chalet charm and is also home to the awesome La Folie Douce, a bar in the mountains. Download the piste map here

  • Tignes Val Claret is higher than Val d’Isere at 2,100m, and is perfect for the thrill-seeker. In addition to incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions, the enthusiastic can also take on ice-diving or climb a frozen waterfall. Download the piste map here

Paradiski 

When a ski area has the name ‘paradise’ in it, you can bet that it’s going to be a great spot for skiing. Comprised of three resorts and boasting 425km of downhill skiing, Paradiski is literally a dream for beginner and expert skiers.

Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs Altitude: between 1,250m to 3,250m

Ski fields in Paradiski:

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  • Peisey-Vallandry sits at 1,600m and oozes charm, from log fireplaces to stone and wood bars. With ski-in ski-out access and incredible snow-covered pine trees, Peisey-Vallandry is literally a winter wonderland and perfect for families. For brownie points, the neighbouring Vanoise Express is also the world’s fastest cable car. Download the piste map here

  • La Plagne is perched on the mountainside, and from the slopes you can literally see the Mont-Blanc rising in the distance. At 2,100m, these high-altitude runs are the perfect answer to any skiers dream. Download the piste map here

  • Accessible from Peisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs is one of the first “mega resorts” with its large and varied network of open runs and wooded ski runs around the Peisey-Vallandry and Villaroger area. Sitting at 2,000m, Les Arcs is home to the Robert Blanc black run; plus, with 53 blue runs and 32 red runs available, intermediate skiers will fall in love with this area. Download the piste map here

Les 3 Vallees 

As the largest linked ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallees (or The Three Valleys) are home to a whopping 600km of slopes. The ski area covers eight resorts, including Meribel, Val Thorens, Orelle, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, La Tania, and Brides-les-Bains.

Number of runs: 68 green runs, 104 blue runs, 110 red runs, 35 black runs Altitude: between 1,300m to 3,200m

Top ski fields in Les 3 Vallees:

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  • Val Thorens was voted the best French skiing resort and, at 2,300m, is Europe’s highest station. With a variety of open runs, Michelin-starred chefs and an incredible apres-ski scene, Val Thorens is the epitome of what skiing in France is all about. Download the piste map here

  • Meribel is known as the heart of the 3 valleys, and is the perfect place to experience French chalet culture. After a day of skiing, Meribel is the perfect town to stroll around in and soak up the French chic style.

Discover Club Med’s French Alps resorts in the video below or by clicking here!

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All You Need to Know About Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Ciao Bella! Villages with cobblestones covered in white, mountains blanketed in fresh powder snow and even bigger mountains of pasta… what more could you want on a holiday? The Italian Alps are truly something all skiers and boarders have to experience, and we have the lowdown on all you need to know for your ski holiday here.

Best time to go to Italy

The best snow on the Italian Alps is between January and February, when skiers can expect consistently fresh snowfall and cold temperatures. If you really can’t wait to hit the slopes, December is still a good time to visit, especially as you’ll get to experience some Christmas charm.

Remember to book well in advance for trips around Christmas and New Year, and for February (French, Belgian and Swiss school holidays).

How to get there

Flights to Italy are around 26 hours from Sydney, depending on your stopover. For a ski trip, we recommend Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas – you’ll need the luggage allowance for all your ski gear! Consider flying into Turin with an airline such as Air Italia when booking a trip to the Italian Alps, as transfers to the slopes are less than 2 hours. If not, Milan is your next best bet.

Visas for Australians heading to Italy

You won’t need a visa to travel to Italy, unless you’re planning on spending over 90 days in the Schengen area.

An out of this world ski holiday: The Milky Way

There’s nothing more authentically Italian than a romantic snow-covered valley…it’s truly bellissimo! Home to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Pragelato Via Lattea is a ski area of champions.

  • There are runs for skiers of all levels, with 42 black runs, 118 red runs, 54 blue runs and 30 green runs – it’s Europe’s second largest ski domain so you’ll never get bored!

  • Follow the tracks of champions, and ski Olympic courses at your own pace.

  • Convenience is key! At Pragelato, you can take a gondola from the ski room at Club Med straight to the heart of the mountain.

  • Stay in private cosy chalets in a protected valley, with romantic cobblestone streets amongst snow-covered fir trees.

Ski on the edge… literally!

Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche-Zermatt…it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s one heck of a ski area! Located on the very edge of Italy, you’ll be able to ski the pistes between Cervinia (Italy) and Zermatt (Switzerland) with ease!

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  • The Australian Alps have nothing on these ranges! Get some serious altitude, as this mountain soars up to 3920m.

  • Take the challenge of ‘Nero Cervino’, a black run with a 65 degree drop. This one’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure…

  • There are ski areas dedicated for the little ones. Valtournenche has jumping castles and a wild west snow play area!

  • Don’t forget to take a pic with the Matterhorn!

Italian cuisine after a day on the slopes

Pizza, pasta, prosciutto, risotto, minestrone, gelato, cannoli…really, the list of incredible Italian foods could go on forever. Italians are known for their extraordinary cuisine and where better to enjoy the art of Italian food than in the Alps?

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While you’ll get the classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Pasta alla Carbonara everywhere, indulge in a local specialty, Pasta al Tartufo (pasta with truffles), at Club Med Pragelato. What’s more, there are freshly sliced Italian cured meats at every meal, and of course - vino!

Apres-ski aplenty in the Italian Alps

There’s a certain charm about the Italian Alps that has captured the hearts of so many, but not just for the skiing. Europeans invented apres-ski, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do if you need a break from the slopes:

  • Take a stroll through the snow-covered cobblestone roads of Via Lattea or Cervinia, and don’t forget to stop for an Italian espresso!

  • Get active and explore the mountain on snowshoes with a guide

  • Looking for romance? Take a sleigh ride through the snowy glades

  • After a long day on the slopes, warm up in a Turkish Bath.

Other spots to visit on a holiday to Italy

Make the most of your ski trip to Italy by taking some time to see some of this beautiful country. Here are our top picks:

  • ✔️ They do say all roads lead to Rome! Discover culture and history at The Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and St Peter’s Basilica

  • ✔️ Explore the lost city of Pompeii, only a short train trip from Naples

  • ✔️ Shop ‘til you drop for the world’s finest high-fashion in Milan

  • ✔️ Take a food tour of Florence…your tastebuds will thank us!

Bella Italia!

There’s no doubt about it: the skiing in Italy is some of the best in the world. While you’re at it, indulge in Italian tradition; whether it be food, art or history.

Learn more about Club Med’s Italian ski resorts here and discover Club Med Pragelato Vialattea in the video below.

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