Chamonix: The Grande Dame of the Alps

Planning a ski holiday this winter? Chamonix is one of our favourite alpine resorts.

Winter Getaways in France: La Rochelle “en hiver”

While everyone has been heading to the Christmas markets in France, I opted for a very different choice and headed to the seaside town of La Rochelle. I discovered an enchanting destination with good...

Infographic: why do people ski in France?

France is the most-visited country in the world and popular worldwide with winter sports enthusiasts. So why do so many holidaymakers ski in France? Our infographic reveals the top reasons…
Ski the French Pyrénées ©Nadia Jordan

The best ski resorts in the French Pyrénées

Mention the Pyrénées to most international skiers, and their mental check list will look something like this; cheap Spanish ski resorts; lack of challenging slopes; bargain basement skiing; first-time skiers; only for those on...

Top Ski Destinations: Courchevel, Gateway to the Trois Vallées

No longer just a playground for moneyed holidaymakers, the Alpine ski resort of Courchevel is returning bigger and better this season, offering top attractions on-and-off the slopes, alongside unrivalled dining and lodging options to...

Les Angles Ski Resort in the Pyrenees

There’s a large wooden building near the top of the telecabin ski lift at Les Angles. It’s called the salle hors sac (which roughly translates as picnic bag room) and belongs to the local...

Font Romeu Ski Resort in the Pyrénées: France’s Second Oldest Resort

Font Romeu claims to be one of the sunniest towns in all of France, with around 300 days of sunshine a year. So sunny, in fact, that, in the 1960s, the government built an...
Chamonix-Mont Blanc

A Winter Weekend in Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Arguably, the grand dame of all French ski towns is Chamonix-Mont Blanc. As its name implies, the Alps’ tallest peak keeps an ever-watchful eye over the picturesque Chamonix Valley. Home to the first Winter...

The Joys and Challenges of Running a Ski and Snowboard Lodge with Author Emma...

For six years, my niece and I ran a ski and snowboard lodge in the French Alps, while my teenage daughter attended the village school. It was an idyll. Almost. I’ve never been fitter, as...