Posted on 02 December 2015
The best resort in Europe right now is Les Deux Alpes, according to the 2015 World Snow Awards, which also rated Les Arcs as ‘highly commended’ and Les Menuires as the best family resort.
Val d’Isère also featured in the World Snow Awards, picking up awards for the ‘Best Mountain Restaurant’ and ‘Best Après Ski Bar’, namely Le Signal and La Folie Douce respectively. Also noteworthy was the presenting of the Lifetime Achievement Award to World Cup winner and champion British skier Chemmy Alcott, in recognition of everything she has done for British skiing. Chemmy, of course, has a soft spot for the French resort of Flaine, where she learnt to ski on family holidays.
So what makes Les Deux Alpes, a popular ski property destination, so special? A great all-round resort, skiing there covers a variety of terrain, including 220 kilometres of pistes split over two valleys, as well as glacier skiing (open in summer) up to an altitude of 3,200 metres. There’s plenty of off-piste options for experienced skiers, while snow-boarders are equally at home and the good choice of green and blue runs suit beginners. Off the slopes, there a swimming pool and ice rink, and bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Meanwhile, the family appeal of Les Menuires – and why more and more people are buying ski homes there – lies in its tranquillity, affordability and reliable snow. It’s a small resort nestled beneath Val Thorens at the heart of Les 3 Vallées – the largest ski area in the world offering 600-plus kilometres of pistes across the valleys of Val Thorens, Méribel and Courchevel. Les Menuires is the second highest resort in the area (after Val Thorens), so snow conditions are usually excellent.