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New year ski holidays in France

Skiing France for New Year 2016

It's home to the biggest and highest ski areas for miles, the range of resorts is massive and there's always something going on at this time of year - but these aren't the only reasons to spend New Year's week in France. The old year doesn't go quietly (check out Val Tho Crazy Night)… Unless you want it to, in which case you're sure to find a quiet Alpine village with your name on it.

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Chalets

Heading out for full-throttle après-ski or staying in for a good natter by the fire, chalets make a great base at New Year. Leave the housework to your hosts, with breakfast, tea and dinner served six days a week (often including a New Year's feast and champagne breakfast) - peace of mind on a platter.

If you prefer the "crème", you'll find a crop of upmarket chalets like Val D'Isere's Chalet Club Bellevarde. Book one with a hot tub or sauna and next year's going to have a tough act to follow.

If you're less about designer decor and more about getting to know fellow guests, Val d'Isere's simple and ever popular Chalet Hotel Moris should meet the mark – a top choice for solo travellers.

Meanwhile, Chalet Plein Sud is practically ring-side for Courchevel's lavish piano bars, which annually ask "why just 1 night of NY celebrations when we can have 3?".

If you've whisked the kids away to extend the Christmas magic, check out family-focussed Chalet Aventine in Les Gets. In a cul-de-sac just off the village centre, you can step outside and meet Santa's elves, who often stick around for the New Year festivities.

However you've spent the night before, pick a chalet with a balcony and you'll wake up to awesome mountain views on New Year 's Day – we love the sight of the Bellecote peak from La Plagne's Chalet Bayona.

Hotels

From high-class spa hotels to cheap and cheerful room deals (with the same great skiing), you can cherry-pick the right hotel for you. Party animals rest easy - most have a decent bar and stage their own gala dinners, so trying to squeeze a table out of local restaurants on the 31st is no longer a problem.

Pick a ski in, ski out hotel to remove all obstacles from a New Year's morning on the slopes. Try the Hotel Les Champs Fleuris near the ski lift in Morzine or Hotel Club les Bergers in sunny Alpe d'Huez (home to the longest black run in the Alps if you need a ski related NY's resolution…).

Kick-start the party in Val Thorens' famously jaunty Club Med Sensations in preparation for the famous Val Tho Crazy Night. Another top event is La Plagne's Nuit du Pompon Rouge - a festival of music and light that's more family-friendly, less Ayia Napa. Bunker down in one of Plagne Centre's hotels like Hotel Araucaria and you won't be far from the action.

If the focus is on fantastic skiing and lazy evenings, you'll love Serre Chevalier, where the Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa is just below the quiet hamlet of Le Bez. Stay in and enjoy the facilities or pop outside for the annual New Year's fireworks and the ski-instructors' torch lit descent.

Apartments

Ski apartments are all about convenience. Blessed with your own kitchen, you aren't tied down to set meal times or menus – letting you release the Jamie Oliver within and sever those costs. If you're not out and about, celebrate New Year's with a fondue pyjama party, host your own soirée or relax with a board game. The real reason to crack out the champagne? This is often the cheapest way to ski at New Year, particularly if you choose from the no-frills apartment blocks.

For Tignes' snow-sure skiing on a shoestring, check out Le Borsat IV or Val Claret Apartments. The same goes for Les Fermes De Meribel and Les Ravines Apartments, where Meribel's world-famous Rond Point and its sweet toffee vodka are the ingredients for a wild New Year.

Belle Plagne plays host to the annual Nuit Du Pompon Rouge. Make the Cassiopée or La Licorne apartments your nest and use the Euro you save on a celebratory Jäger train at Spitting Feathers, or an "air-boarding" experience to get the New Year going at a pace.

When it's more about the powder than the party, you can't go wrong in Flaine - the most snow-sure resort in the Grand Massif. While everyone's recovering from the night before, test your mettle on the Combe de Gers bowl – easily accessible from the Résidence De La Foret.


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