It is definitely worth noting that France is pretty organised when it comes to ski holidays and school holidays. They stagger the latter over several weeks so resorts don’t become inundated with people for just one week a year. With it falling mid-season, the snow around this time is normally fantastic; with south facing slopes catching any sun there is to be had.
Having a slightly longer transfer time of 2h35 that some of the resorts in the Portes du Soleil don’t have, Orcières is not yet as well known and is therefore not as well-used by us Brits. Taking little or indeed big ones skiing for the first time means that Orcières is a great place for them to start, as it tends to be quieter during peak times. The two beginner’s areas around the resort and the special ‘Opoualand’ run for 6-12 years old make learning to ski in Orcières both nurturing and enjoyable. The day-care facilities in La Petite Ourse, for families with little ones too short in the leg for ski lessons, are fantastic, so parents can enjoy some skiing knowing the kids are in very good hands. Both the ESF and ESI offer lessons to both children and adults, to ensure you both progress on the slopes and make the most of your week.
Keeping children and teens occupied for a week can be tricky, but not in Orcières. The range of activities on offer is nothing short of impressive, and even non-skiers will find plenty to do for a week. Conveniently housed under the very large roof of La Grande Ourse, visitors can find a bowling alley, ice-rink, cinema and swimming pool to name a few.
To totally by-pass stress at this busy time, choose one of our packages that includes flights and transfers so all you need to worry about is matching ski socks. Alternatively, our self-drive packages include channel crossings for anyone wanting a half-term road trip, and we also do accommodation only options if you’ve not got as far as travel plans or already have them sorted.
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