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This weeks top 5 comes from Krystelle, our Marketing Executive. Having worked in various ski resorts, she is the perfect person to tell us her top 5 ski resorts in France. Here is what she had to say:
J'adore la France, I love the food, I love the après and most of all I love the ski areas. It is all about the mountain for me, it has got to have an amazing ski, or should I say snowboard, area to keep me busy all day, everyday. These resorts have it all. If you are looking for the perfect ski holiday, you cannot go wrong with these incredible resorts.
5. Les Deux Alpes
The higher the resort, the better in my opinion. With an impressive snow record, the resort sits at 1650m and the ski area peaks at 3600m! Les Deux Alpes has an extensive ski terrain and snowboard friendly, with one of the best boardparks in Europe. Top tip: Hire an expert and explore the legendary off piste.
4. Flaine, Le Grand Massif
The Flaine Bowl is the perfect place to catch some powder without venturing too far off track. It may be a small town, but if your all about shredding and face shots then you have an extraordinary playground right here. Visit the Flying Dutchman for the liveliest night that you won't remember!
3. Meribel, Three Valleys
Ideally situated in the middle of the largest linked ski area in the world, Meribel is a fascinating resort for all. It is one of the most attractive ski areas, with its tree lines pistes and also has one of my favourite après spots, the Rond Point. I recommend staying in the higher village of Meribel Motteratt for stunning views of the mountains and ski in-ski out.
2. La Plagne, Paradiski
It's not just the family resort it's made out to be! I've had some of the best apres moments dancing on tables in La Plagne. It's a spectacular resort, packed with beautiful blue runs and Les Ars is just a stones throw away over the Vanoise Express with longer runs and a wider choice of red pistes. Stay in the village of Belle Plagne for the most stunning sunsets and skiing straight out on to the piste.
1. Tignes, Espace Killy
Tignes has everything, a huge range of slopes, a killer park, loose après, and beautiful mountain views. The more traditional alpine village of Val d'Isere just over the hill giving guests a massive 300km of piste to play on. With guaranteed snow on the glacier, your guaranteed an epic time in the Espace Killy ski area.
Heading for a chalet holiday is about more than just the snow for some people, there are also the views, the food and the relaxed atmosphere to look forward to.
The best food is fairly easy to work out, if you are heading to a luxury chalet you are likely to get restaurant-quality cuisine and impeccable service, if you head to a 2* property you'll be getting a hearty meal and service from teenage chalet hosts. But which chalets have the best views?
Location, Location, Location
A great view is all about the location of the chalet, the direction it is facing and of course the use of huge picture windows and balconies. So, with this in mind what are the chalets with the best views on our site? This of course is subjective, but here are my favourites.
Chalet Grace, Zermatt
Chalet Grace in Zermatt offers phenomenal views, from the double-height floor to ceiling window views of the Klein Matterhorn in the dining room, to the stunning valley views. One of Europe's most famous and most recognisable mountains, the Matterhorn, can also be seen from the living room's picture windows, or the strategically-placed window in the dining room, which perfectly frames the mountain's peak. It doesn't stop there either, as well as beautiful views across Zermatt itself, you can pop out to the outdoor hot tub which, you guessed it, has views of the Matterhorn.
Perdrix Blanche, Courchevel
The chalet Perdrix Blanche is situated in a quaint corner of Courchevel, down in Courchevel 1550, but it offers stunning views along Bozel Valley and the famous Tarantaise Valley. From the living rooms windows to some of the bedrooms, you have this incredible scenery dropping down the valley toward Brides les Bains and back up the valley to the unspoiled mountains on the opposite side. From the other side of the chalet you can take in the views toward Courchevel 1650 and the national park and, of course, there is the imposing Courchevel 1850 located at the top of the piste.
Chalet Hotel Montpelier, Verbier
Okay, so technically this is a chalet hotel, but as it is essentially just a really big chalet and it has incredible views, it is worth a mention. The hotel pool and sundeck has one of the most incredible indoor views you'll find in the Alps — straight out of the floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows you have an undisturbed, panoramic view of the region. With Mont Fort and Mont Gele both visible from the chalet, this property offers truly stunning views across and around Verbier.
Chalet Haute Cimes, Nendaz
Now, the Chalet Hautes Cimes is a risky one, as the images we currently have been given are artist's impressions and 'what you can expect' pictures from the tour operator, but if they live up the their promise, it will have been worth the risk.
Mira Belum, Meribel
The Mira Belum has a great location with views across the Meribel valley. You can see along the ridge line toward the Olympic Express chairlift, which takes you to St. Martin, and down the valley toward the quaint village of Les Allues. The views give you a real feel for the shape of the Three Valleys and why mother nature's layout makes it one of the best ski areas in the world. If you strain your neck, on a good day you can just about make out the top of the valley and where Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens meet.
From beautiful vistas and panoramic mountain views, to deep valleys and national parks, the views on your chalet holiday don't have to be just those of high rise apartment blocks. The Alps have some of the most inspiring and even frightening mountains out there, so why not sit back with a vin chaud and take it all in after a day on the slopes.
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