France is one of your best bets for brilliant Eastertime skiing, especially if you’re based in one of its higher resorts, with north facing slopes and skiable glaciers. Many of them put on special events, like egg hunts for sprogs on and off the mountain – and the slope-side bars are buzzing in that glorious spring sunshine. Whether you’re making the most of the school holidays or just craving some T-Shirt skiing, spend Easter in France and you’ll have an EGGcellent week on the snow…
Catered chalets keep things cosy even when the weather warms over Easter – and nowhere has more than France. Get one with sole occupancy if you want the place to yourselves, or share with new SNO mates for a sociable week on the mountain.
Altitude matters at this time of year, and Chalet Caron and Chalet Renod are part of Val Thorens’ Altitude complex – at the highest point of the highest resort in Europe, you’ll be minutes from some of the best snow conditions in the Alps. High resorts like this are your best bet if you want doorstep skiing. We also like the Altitude Residence chalets in Les Arcs 2000 (like Chalet Olympus and Aravis) and Chalet Lever de Soleil at a lofty 2050m in La Plagne.
In Les 2 Alpes, Chalet Hotel Berangere sits right by the piste – the local glacier is so snow sure it’s skiable in the summer, so springtime conditions should be amazing. The chalet hotel faces south, so when you’re back at base you’ll get the best of the Easter sunshine (on a clear day the views of the surrounding peaks are nothing short of spectacular).
If you’re bringing the brood over the school holidays, we have some cracking family chalets that tailor the week wonderfully to children - like Chalet La Grande Motte in Tignes Le Lac. Named after the glacier that makes Tignes so snow sure at Easter, it’s also near resort attractions like the Aqua Centre so you won’t be short of things to do on or off the slopes.
France has a big range of ski hotels – no-frills money savers, luxury spa hotels and everything in between. Choose yours in a high altitude resort so you can spend your Easter skiing snow-sure slopes all day long, with a hassle-free lodging to rest in afterwards.
When there are tots in tow, hotels with childcare can be a saving grace. Ask us about the options for childcare in Hotel La Brunerie – Les 2 Alpes has Europe’s biggest skiable glacier and the sights are staggering from above 3000m, so you’ll enjoy a grand old time on the slopes while youngsters are having just as much fun back at base.
For a spot of springtime luxury, pick a high end hotel like Avenue Lodge or Le Kaila – with first class facilities like spas, there’s always something to do if the slopes get a little slushy at the end of the day. Many of our 5* hotels come with gourmet restaurants, dishing up delicious Easter Sunday feasts just moments from your room.
Club Med keep things easy by including everything in one package: All food and drink, lodging, ski lessons AND ski passes – making booking and budgeting simple whether you’re skiing as a couple, family or group. Pick one of their hotels in a snow sure resort like Tignes, Val d’Isere or Val Thorens. These three are all set at high altitudes and have doorstep skiing, so you’ll find yourself moments from some of the surest snow in the Alps.
With milder weather comes nicer-to-navigate roads, and if you’re planning to drive to resort this Easter, the French resorts are the simplest to get to. Bringing your wheels can make self-catering a breeze – fill the boot with meals you’ve cooked and frozen at home and buy the bulk of ingredients in your local supermarket (you’ll know the brands better and things will be a lot cheaper than shops in resort). That’s not to say you have to cook all week – some like to pick apartments as a way to explore a resorts restaurants for a week of Easter feasting.
The main thing’s that self-catering lets Easter pan out just the way you want it to: If you plan to ski all day and crash in the evenings, save money with a no-frills base like the Belambra Les Olympiades Apartments. These ones are right in the middle of snow sure Val Thorens (the highest resort in Europe), and often they still have doorstep skiing at this time of year – getting you straight out onto the mighty 3 Valleys.
When it calls for a week of skiing and downtime, roomier options with shared facilities (like wellness centres and pools) can be just the ticket. The Kalinda Apartments in Tignes are on the superior end of the scale, with a cracking location in ski-out Tignes 1800 – a fabulous family orientated village with easy-going pistes and the ski school meeting point.