5 Things to know before booking your France ski holiday
You have decided that you want to ski in France but would like to know a bit more before you do?
Firstly, it is a good idea to know which style of ski resort suits your needs. Are you a gun skier with a craving for off piste, a beginner family group experiencing French skiing for the first time, or have a teenage snowboarder? French ski resorts range from high-altitude purpose-built resorts to character laden historic villages. Family friendly resorts are a great option if you are going as a family however that does not mean that the more adventurous skier will not be catered for. In many resorts for example, Les Arcs or Val d’Isere, you can settle your children into all day ski school and then ski off with your own private guide to explore some of the off-piste terrain in the resort. High altitude ski resorts such as Tignes – Val D’Isere and Val Thorens (highest ski resort in Europe at 2,300m) offer the safest choice for snowsure resorts early in the season such as early/mid December or during spring skiing in April & early May.
Once you have decided where to go, you will need to know how to get there. French ski resorts are very accessible from anywhere in the UK or Europe. If you are flying in from Australia, Geneva is the best international airport to fly into followed closely by Lyon (Emirates) with many transfer options to the resorts and directly to your hotel reception should you be getting a private transfer. Rail from London or Paris is another popular option depending on your travel plans either side of your ski holiday. A good tip is to try to coordinate your arrival and departure times with check-in/check-out times to avoid lengthy waits but you can always leave your luggage with reception if your room isn’t ready and go on exploring the ski resort. If travelling by rail, tickets and schedule of trains are only available within 90 Days of travel from any French city and 60 days from all other European country. There are 2 types of transfers: Shuttle and Private. Private transfers offer a faster, more convenient way to get to your hotel with personalised service. Shuttle transfers have set departure times and have a few stops along the way before reaching the main bus terminal at your ski resort.
There is accommodation to suit every budget! Be it a budget apartment to the most glamorous hotel with slope side concierge service in the best ski-in/ski-out location. Make sure that you know what your accommodation includes and excludes and where it is located relative to the ski slopes. An important info you should know is that all apartments in the Alps are rented from Saturday to Saturday in blocks of 7 nights including most chalets (some are Sunday to Sunday). Knowing this will help you better organise your dates and prepare your trip knowing when and how to plan around your France ski holiday as most skiers from Australia will stay a minimum of 7 nights and prefer the value of a self-catered apartment. Hotels will accept any reservation days of the week and any number of nights above their minimum nights requirement so if you think 1 week is not enough but 2 weeks is too long, choose a hotel.
Ski package inclusions
Lift passes are automatically included in all Top Snow Travel ski packages (mandatory). What else do you need? Other things to consider are transfers from either the airport or train station to/from your accommodation, ski hire (skis, boots, poles helmet or snowboard, boots, helmet), clothing hire, ski school/guiding requirements and what other activities are available in the resort. These are the things that can be overlooked but including them in your planning will make you overall experience much more enjoyable and hassle-free. We highly recommend pre-booking in advance all lessons/guides, transfers & not to be overlooked, dinner reservations in particular during the European school holidays to avoid disappointment and missing out.
It is important to make sure that you have the correct insurance for your France ski holiday. Not all insurance policies cover snow related sporting activities.
Get a PDS brochure from your credit card insurance provider to check all the details and make sure you are covered for winter sports. If not a Top Snow Travel’s France ski travel expert can assist you with a quote through our preferred travel insurance partner SureSave. You will also get an extra 20% discount if booking directly with us.
Need help from a France ski travel expert ?
Thanks to our local knowledge and expertise, we can guide you in choosing the perfect family friendly ski holiday in France.
Top Snow Travel is based in Australia using AUD currency which makes it ideal for our clients who wish to simply pick up the phone and get some help without worrying of the difference time zone and other currency.
Call us and talk to an expert on: 1300 803 156 or visit our website: topsnowtravel.com.au
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