Small Resorts | BIG Ski Area
Smaller resorts within the French Alps have something for everyone, especially when they are accompanied by a big ski area like these below. Even the best skiers enjoy the pace of a quieter and slower resort sometimes, so mixing an alpine village feel with easy access to vast, varied slopes is perfect.
While beginners can enjoy quieter local slopes, intermediates can explore further afield, discovering more challenging slopes – like those in the Grand Domaine in Isère. Vaujany, Oz 3300 and Auris en Oisans all cater to a quieter more relaxed way of skiing, for the more challenging areas all three resorts have direct lift access to Alpe d’Huez. This access also allows beginners to try their hand at different slopes as well. This variety can also be enjoyed in the Paradiski area – Peisey Vallandry, Champagny en Vanoise and Les Coches are all places for relaxed skiing, with a chilled-out atmosphere, but with lifts taking skiers to the heart of Les Arcs and La Plagne, you can access all parts of the ski area. The 3 Vallées, known for its high altitude resorts, has the hidden gem of Saint Martin de Belleville, its unspoiled charm has quick access to the whole ski area, whilst retaining its charm and traditional village feel. Over in the Maurienne Valley, Orelle has back door access into the vast 3 Vallées ski area too with a link to the slopes of Val Thorens.
Having good snow quality throughout the season is something everyone looks for when booking a ski holiday; Les Carroz and Tignes Les Brevières are both known for their good snow quality well into the later end of the season. Both with direct access to larger ski areas (the Grand Massif and Tignes Val d’Isère respectively), you can still enjoy the quieter locations, whilst appreciating the range of skiing and the best snow conditions.
Explore our selection below and speak to our team to discover even more.