With 250 km of fabulous slopes and off-piste, Alpe d’Huez will delight all skiers for a week. A star attraction is the 16km Sarenne piste with an elevation gain of around 1,800m from the summit of Pic Blanc. When you’re taking a break from the slopes (and recovering from that fall), there’s a gorgeous indoor-outdoor pool, separate indoor pool, Olympic-size outdoor ice rink, large gym, climbing wall, archery and badminton. The Alpine Coaster sled on rails is well worth the trip, while the cross-country ski loops and clear walking trails are extensive.
How to do: Seven nights at the 4-star Hotel Pic Blanc with Inghams (01483 319 477; inghams.co.uk) costs from £1,199 pp.
Based on a former rustic village just over the Italian border, Montgenèvre has recently been updated and is full of smart new developments. For a small place, there is a lot to offer. The local ski area – one of the snowiest in the French Alps – has many varied pistes while the resort is also part of the Milky Way circuit, which stretches to Sauze d’Oulx in Italy and offers 400 km of tracks. Meanwhile, the 1.4km Monty Express toboggan ride on rails – the longest in France – is an exhilarating ride. The resort is also home to a splendid aquatic center, an outdoor skating rink, snowmobiling and paragliding.
How to do: Seven nights at the lavish Anova Hotel with Crystal (020 3451 2821; crystalski.co.uk) costs from £948 pp.
Relax and reset
A restful and inexpensive place to stay, Brides les Bains is a small town with thermal waters linked by gondola to Méribel and at the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area, the largest linked area in the world. If you’re more interested in putting your feet up than putting on your boots, the newly renovated Grand Spa Thermal is a great place to pamper yourself. With a large thermal swimming pool, herbal and aromatic hammams, a sauna, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, a tea room and a solarium terrace, many formulas (excluding accommodation) are available to you: wraps with algae, massages and beauty treatments.
How to do: Winter relaxation spa access package costs from £25 pp (0033 479 552 344; thermes-brideslesbains.com); additional treatments. Seven nights at the Altis Val Vert Hotel with Ski Weekends (02380 206971; skiweekends.com) costs from £625 pp including transfers; excluding flights.
Purpose built Avoriaz is built on a cliff with lovely views over the Morzine valley and a snow covered main square with no through traffic. It is in an ideal central position for exploring the 600 km of mainly intermediate pistes of the Portes du Soleil ski area which stretches across the Franco-Swiss border. The Aquariaz Leisure Center (child £5.85, adult £9.20; avoriaz.com) is perfect for families, with a fun pool with exotic jungle-like vegetation, bubble pool, waterfall, slide half-pipe aquatic and outdoor hot tub with great views. Meanwhile, Residence Amara’s Deep Nature Spa is open to the public and offers massages, treatments, a sauna, steam room, and outdoor hot tub.
How to do: Seven nights’ for a two-bedroom apartment in the 5-star premium L’Amara residence with Skiline (020 8313 3999; skiline.co.uk) costs from £3,234 based on six people sharing; includes flights and transfers.