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Resort Mini-Guides: Courchevel

One of the most popular though somehow often overlooked resorts in all of the French Alps is Courchevel – a stunning area home to five of the best resorts you’ll find in the Three Valleys. All in all, travellers making their way to Courchevel will have a good 150 km+ of runs to choose from, over 60 lifts taking care of the uphill stuff and some of the most highly-reputed hospitality in Europe. Needless to say, it all seems to

La Plagne in a Nutshell

Of all the resorts in the French Alps, one of the names that often goes overlooked in terms of first-picks for the masses is La Plagne – and what a shame this is! Rather than a single resort in its own right, La Plagne is in fact the collective name of a group of purpose-built ski villages and resorts high up in the Tarentaise area. What’s more, the 2003 link between La Plagne and Les Arcs has opened up literally

Five Top Tips for BEFORE You Hit the Slopes

The number of searches carried out every day for ski tips to make use of when hitting the slopes is phenomenal to say the least. From first-timers through to the more seasoned skiers at every level, it seems everyone is looking for a few golden insights as to how they might get the most out of their experience and maybe even have the chance to show off a little. However, rather than looking for ways and means to enhance a

Courchevel – Four Villages, One Stunning Year-Round Resort

Each and every year, more and more towns, villages and resorts all over the French Alps are being discovered by the tourist hoards heading over for their annual jollies on the white stuff. More often than not it doesn’t take long at all for the next big thing to become yesterday’s news, or the biggest secret in the Alps to become the most over-travelled destination of them all and lose most if its lustre. If fact, it takes something really

Five Reason to Never Overlook a Ski Lesson

Skiers at all levels are to some extent guilty of poo-pooing the offer of ski lessons from time to time – all of whom of course have their apparent good reasons. Some think they are above the idea of lessons, some think there are better ways to learn, others take pride in going it alone, some question the costs and so on and so forth. On the surface there are therefore many reasons why a person may overlook a ski

Counterfeit Ski Equipment – Seriously?

It is beginning to look as though no industry, market or sport the world over is safe from the influence of counterfeit manufacturers and general dodgy dealers. Until recently, it had been suggested that at least skis and snowboards had the potential to remain unaffected to a significant extent, for the simple fact that creating counterfeits of either or would be too difficult and expensive in its own right. Sadly, and as if to serve up a slap in the

When’s the Best Time for a French Alps Ski Holiday?

Ask the above question to anyone that has ever been to this dreamy corner of the world and chances are that every last one will have a different answer. Truth is, it depends what you’re looking from a ski holiday and therefore while there is no right and wrong time to visit per se, there IS a right and a wrong time for everyone on a person by person basis. So, if wondering when to make that booking, consider the

Ski School: Rookie Mistakes You’ll Wish you Never Made

Everyone has their own idea of ski school 101 – i.e. the fundamental basics anyone should come to terms with before considering a foray on the slopes. On the flipside of the equation however there are just as many examples of what NOT to do as a rookie and there are of what any polite and sensible skier should be doing as standard. So, with this lesser-covered category in mind, here are five of the most common rookie mistakes of

Five Easy Ways to Ruin a Ski Holiday

Nobody ever has or ever will embark upon a ski holiday with the intention of coming home with a headful of memories they wish they could forget. Likewise, none would ever like to see their ski trip come to an abrupt halt and waste both their hard earned money and time. However, Brits in record numbers are proving to be their own worst enemies when it comes to making a ski jaunt one to remember for all the wrong reasons,

French Alps Annual Events and Festivals

Along with the very finest skiing in the world, dozens of towns, villages and resorts spanning the French Alps have incredibly exciting annual events calendars covering pretty much all seasons and tastes. From wonderfully traditional harvest festivals to thumping music events and right through to locally organised youth festivals, it is always worth having a look in advance of a trip to find out just what might be happening. The list is extensive and changing every year, but the following

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