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Skiing in the 3 Vallees, France.

Flying into Geneva Airport
Flying into Geneva Airport

We nearly always go to the 3 Vallees in France for our skiing holiday. There are so many runs of all levels you could ski there for a month and still not get round them all. The real attraction to France and the 3 Vallees for me and my family is the whole atmosphere, from the fantastic chalets everywhere to the brilliant mountain restaurants and the lively bars in almost every town.

We stayed in Le Praz this year which is a fantastic little skiing village. Everything was close to our chalet (Le Petite Bucher) including a bar for us and the kids to watch the football and rugby in. We’ve been to Austria and Andorra before but we think nowhere compares to skiing in France.

The Col de la Loze Chairlift
The Col de la Loze Chairlift

If I had to choose a couple of my favourite runs it would have to be “Le Pic” which is quite steep for a blue run and definitely “Le Lapin” which runs down towards Meribel Village.  Prices in certain parts of the 3 Vallees such as Courchevel 1850 are quite expensive but in a strange sort of way you get use to paying anything from £5 to £12 for a drink!  One thing we did notice this year and that was the fact that all the resorts were a lot quieter so maybe the credit crunch and the euro/pound exchange rate was keeping a few families away.

     We would always recommend France for skiing and especially the 3 Vallees, we stayed at Courchevel 1850 a few years ago, great place (try Le Bar Jump.. fantastc) but you do end up paying for the name a bit. Probably the best place in the 3 Vallees we have stayed so far is Val Thorens, it’s the highest resort in Europe so the season starts earlier and ends later. It doesn’t compare to villages and towns like Meribel and Le Praz for how pretty it looks but the runs into and out of Val Thorens are literally all around you, the prices are more reasonable and we found the most amazing restaurant with the best tasting food I’ve ever had in my life (sorry, can’t remember the name of it)!
We flew with Jet2 direct from Leeds Bradford airport to Geneva airport which took about 1hr 40mins. Transfer from Geneva airport took about 2 hours.
So if you’re looking to go skiing you could try getting your skiing insurance and Leeds Bradford airport parking from www.ukairportcarparks.co.uk.

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