Valloire, France


Given the quality of the 93 miles of pistes of the Galibier-Thabor ski area and the charm of the 17th-century village, it’s a surprise Valloire isn’t more popular with British skiers.There are activities such as dog-sled rides, and the resort is unique in the Alps for offering walks with llamas. Or, if your family can handle the adrenaline, you can paraglide high above the slopes. Childcare is excellent, with Les Aiglons day nursery taking care of kids from six months to six years. Instructors ferry children from the nursery to ski school,leaving parents free to stay on the slopes.

Catch the train: Depart London St Pancras at 17.31 by Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord and take a taxi (or Metro) to a hotel by Gare de Lyon. Next morning, take the 08.27 TGV, arriving at St Michel Valloire station at 12.48. From there, it’s 25 minutes by taxi or bus.

Price: For two adults and two children travelling to Paris from London, it will cost around £513, with the regional train from Gare De Lyon to St Michel Valloire costing on average £54.

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