France is still the easiest country to ski from the UK and short transfer times between airports and resorts could balance out lower costs in more difficult to reach places this year. All-inclusive is a good way to make a budget work a bit harder too (cuts down on exchange rate misery). And, there are several less expensive resorts with great access to legendary ski areas, lower price lift passes and no corner cutting on kids’ activities, entertainment or good ski schools. Here are five wide-ranging French resorts worth thinking about for 2016.
You can take your pick from over a dozen high altitude resorts in Serre Chevalier and still hit charming, heritage and great for kids just about every time. Long hours of sunshine are another big plus here and an extensive lift network makes the 250km ski-area easily accessible. It’s not the choice for designer shopping and Michelin starred restaurants and the chances of running into royalty are slim, but prices aren’t Courchevel either and the easy going family atmosphere makes up for any lack of gloss. If you want Alpine prettiness, historic spas and patient ski-schools, look at Monêtier-les-Bains: British run New Generation school is famously good with beginners and for getting intermediates to the next level, fast. Characterful Briançon’s the highest town in Europe, close to the ski-area, nice and lively off the snow for kids and home to Club Med Serre Chevalier: all-inclusive includes lessons and lift-passes.
Serre Chevalier is Famille Plus accredited
How to get there: Nearest airport is Turin with 2 hour drive to Serre Chevalier. Direct Ryanair flights between Stanstead and Turin from £104 return in December. Flying time 2 hours.