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The best ski-in/ski-out resorts in the French Alps

Posted on 08 May 2017

Our love for skiing and boarding means we will do whatever it takes to hit the slopes. If that involves trudging to the cable car in heavy boots while carrying our equipment, or cramming onto a crowded bus then so be it. But it doesn’t have to be such a chore. Imagine rolling out of bed straight onto the mountain, before returning right to your front door when the days shredding is done.

France is the spiritual home of the ski-in/ski-out resort. We’re not talking about alpine locations that contain a few slope-side residences; it’s usually purpose-built resorts high in the mountains that can truly be considered ski-in/ski-out. Let’s take a look at the most snowy and convenient of them all.

Avoriaz

Located in the massive French/Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area, this purpose-built resort above Morzine mainly offers ski-in/ski-out apartments, many of which have been renovated in recent years. Avoriaz has been car-free since it was created in the 1960’s, a popular policy that adds to its charms and makes its ski-in/ski-out facilities essential and high-quality.

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La Plagne

What happens if you scatter 11 separate villages across a vast plateau alongside a steep mountain? Head to La Plange and you will find out. The majority of the villages are purpose-built largely ski-in/ski‑out resorts at different altitudes, with convenient access to neighbouring Les Arcs via a double-decker cable car.

Les Menuires

A bit of a makeover in recent years has meant Les Menuire’s no longer has to rely on its altitude alone to attract visitors. Today snow sports enthusiasts are able to purchase smartly renovated ski-in/ski-out properties, before jumping straight onto its snow-sure slopes. This has helped it develop into a top destination in the giant Trois Vallées ski area alongside Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens

Les Arcs

When it comes to purpose-built villages you will be spoilt for choice in Les Arcs. Constructed in the 1960s and 70s the original Arcs 1600, 1800 and 2000 predominantly consist of big, wood-clad apartment blocks. But it’s the newer yet more traditional Arc 1950 that offers up a particularly appealing ski‑in/ski-out base from its chalet style buildings.

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