With affordable travel, group-friendly accommodation, resorts of varying altitudes and an expansive range of slopes perfect for children of all ages and abilities, France is one of the premier destinations for school skiing trips. But, how do you find out which is the best resort for your school ski trip?
Here’s the lowdown on the top ten ski resorts that teachers and parents must consider when booking their school ski trips to France.
Alpe d’Huez is the preferred destination for school ski groups. Boasting seven separate ski areas to choose from, over 300km of runs – including the longest black run in Europe – Alpe d’Huez has something for beginners and advanced skiers alike.
The resort also features mostly south-facing slopes and has comprehensive snow-making facilities. Whether you’re arriving at the beginning or the end of the season, Alpe d’Huez is the gold standard of ski resorts for French school trips.
"The Three Valley Area offers an abundance of après-ski activities to keep students occupied, no matter the time of day."
Perfectly-designed for school skiing trips, Les Menuires’ accommodation is right next to the nursery slopes – a great meeting point for school ski trips. Featuring some of the most popular runs in the Three Valleys ski area, Les Menuires offers exhilaration for advanced skiers and a safe environment for novices to the slopes.
Experienced freestyle skiers and snowboarders will love its BK Park, and the Three Valley Area offers an abundance of après-ski activities to keep students occupied, no matter the time of day.
Commonly-known as Paradiski, La Plagne has a vast ski region connected by an extensive network of cable cars, able to rise the height of its 2000 metre slope.
The resort features more than 110km of beginner to intermediate runs across gentle slopes, ideal for building children’s confidence on the snow. Lift passes give you access to all areas of Paradiski, giving more advanced skiers the opportunity to experience the entire scenic area.
"At a height of 3200m, snow is guaranteed all year round, making Les Deux Alps a very attractive location for school trips."
Les Deux Alpes
Home to The Mont de Lans Glazier, Europe’s largest skiable glacier, Les Deux Alps is a well-established as one of the best locations for school ski trips to France.
At a height of 3200m, snow is guaranteed all year round, making Les Deux Alps a very attractive location for school trips. Beginners or intermediate students can enjoy the time of their lives across the 225km of runs, and with the Snowpark 2600 – Home of the annual World Snowboarding competitions – located in the resort coming equipped with half-pipes, rails, kickers and a fun park, advanced snowboarders will be in their element.
With over 250kms of piste set amongst some of the most picturesque scenery in France, Serre Chevallier offers groups the perfect introduction to winter sports. Students also have the chance to get a lesson in Geography by visiting Briancon – Europe’s highest city.
Located just 90 minutes from Grenoble airport, Serre Chevallier remains a firm favourite with schools, not to mention being one of Europe’s largest ski resorts.
Part of the fourth largest ski area in France, Grand Massif ski area, Les Carroz is the perfect location for schools looking for a more picturesque ski setting. Offering a more intimate experience, the resort has stunning views across the valley.
With a wealth of accommodation to choose from just minutes from the ski area, Les Carroz excels in both safety and ski runs, making it an ideal location when taking a school ski trip to the Northern French Alps.
"With than one third of Morzine’s slopes being red runs, more confident skiers on the trip will face plenty of challenges."
As part of the expansive Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine is renowned for its authentic mountain village atmosphere. Nestled between Mont Blanc and the surrounding forest areas, Morzine has remained a popular school skiing trip location for many years, thanks to the excellent snow that its 125 kms of slopes provide.
With than one third of Morzine’s slopes being red runs, more confident skiers on the trip will face plenty of challenges. But that’s not to say that beginner and intermediate-level skiers are neglected. Mixed ability groups gravitate to Morzine as the resort offers something for everyone, including freestyle skiing and black runs.
As much as students should spend on the slopes, so too should they get involved in other activities to build leadership and teamwork skills, and get the most from the experience. Chamonix is a great option when considering the location for your school ski trip in France.
A large town with plenty of restaurants, café’s, museums and shops – offering some of the best après ski fun of any resort in France – Chamonix gives students the chance to immerse themselves in the culture for a truly memorable experience.
Primarily known for its excellent ski schools, Chatel is a great option for school ski trips to France when escorting a group of novice students. Being located close on the French – Swiss border, Chatel has excellent travel links – a transfer from Geneva airport takes a mere 90 minutes. Alternatively, school trips can choose to travel by coach, taking a scenic journey up the gentle gradients when embarking from Thonon.
Once you’ve arrived, students have a range of slopes to explore. Known as ‘The Wall’ experienced skiers can choose to explore the Avoriaz mogul field whereas novice students can develop their confidence on the gentle runs of Pre la Joux or Super Chatel.
"The resort is equipped for all skiing abilities, with a beginner’s area sitting right outside the hotel."
Choose Valmeiner and your school ski trip will benefit from 150m of skiable piste. 70% of the terrain is above 2000m, ensuring good conditions throughout the season.
The resort is equipped for all skiing abilities, with a beginner’s area sitting right outside the hotel. Nearby Valloire has excellent après-ski entertainment, and there’s even a bowling alley and music concert venue for students to enjoy.
There you have it, the ten best resorts for school ski trips to France. Each offers a unique experience – one that’s sure to engage, entertain and educate your students. The question is, which one are you going to choose?
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