The one thing that can really spoil the atmosphere of a ski resort (especially if you are travelling as a family with young children) is a main road running through the center, or simply lots of cars coming and going all the time. The answer is to choose a pedestrian ski resort, one that is completely car free.

Les Arcs

Ski area of 232 trails (425kms) being 4% Easy, 52% Intermediate, 28% Advanced & 16% Expert level runs. 132 ski lifts.

Les Arcs itself is actually made up of four modern, purpose built resorts; Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, that each offer doorstep access to the fantastic Paradiski area, one of the most extensive and varied ski domains in the world.

Arc 1950

The village of 1950 is exceptionally pretty. If Disney were to design an Alpine village, 1950 is what they would create. The village is completely pedestrianised and you can easily walk/ski from the top to the bottom. It is located just underneath the village of 2000 and is in the middle of the pistes. You can ski in and ski out of 1950.
tripUgo recommended  Go to Arc 1950

 

Arc 2000

Arc 2000 is the highest of all the resorts, situated on the other side of the mountain to 1600 and 1800 in it’s own secluded bowl at the base of the Aiguille Rouge (3226m). What it lacks in charm and nightlife, it makes up for in its swift access to the highest and most demanding skiing in the area, including the Varet glacier.

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Arc 1800

Of all the ‘Les Arcs’ resorts, Arc 1800 is still the largest and liveliest of all the levels. It is made up of four sectors; Le Charvet, Le Chantel, Les Villages and Charmettoger although the boundaries between them are indistinct. Dominated by large apartment blocks, there is always something going on in 1800 and it is a great place to stay if you have a mixed ability group.

Children and beginners are well catered for on the wide, easy nursery slopes and there are also some free lifts for first timers; whilst intermediates will love the blue and red runs just above the resort. It is also the most conveniently located resort for access to the Vanoise Express and the La Plagne ski area.

Go to Arc 1800

 

Arc 1600

Arc 1600 remains nestled in the trees and enjoys stunning views along the valley towards Mont Blanc. It has a compact centre and a reputation as being the “friendliest” of all the villages to stay in, although it does have a decidedly quiet nightlife.

For anyone travelling by rail, Arc 1600 makes a convenient choice as it is directly linked from Bourg St Maurice by funicular railway in only 7 minutes. The convenience of the resort facilities also makes it a particular favourite with families.

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Avoriaz

Avoriaz, France
Ski area with 51 trails being 10% Easy, 51% Intermediate, 27% Advanced & 12% Expert level runs. 34 ski lifts.

Avoriaz is one of the most distinctive Alpine ski resorts you will probably ever visit; perched high on a rocky promontory it looks down over the cliff edge towards Morzine and beyond. Situated at the centre of the Portes du Soleil it falls within the Chablais region of the Haute-Savoie.

Avoriaz is completely pedestrianised and only service vehicles are allowed to drive through the resort powdered by an engine, everyone else must make their way around either on foot, ski or in a horse drawn sleighs.

The centre of the resort is a gently sloping plateaux that is home to bars, restaurants, shops, a sports centre, the nursery slopes and the Tourist Office. This is the heart of the resort and it is surrounded by high rise apartments and cliffs that occupy various sectors; Falaise, Dromonts, Ruches, Festival, Crozats and Amara.
tripUgo recommended  Go to Avoriaz

 

Ax les Thermes

Ski area with 35 trails being 26% Easy, 29% Intermediate, 29% Advanced & 17% Expert level runs. 17 ski lifts.

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Belle Plagne

Ski area with 130 trails being 8% Easy, 53% Intermediate, 25% Advanced & 14% Expert level runs. 105 ski lifts.

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La Norma

Ski area with 27 trails being 26% Easy, 26% Intermediate, 41% Advanced & 7% Expert level runs. 12 ski lifts.

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La Plagne

Ski area with 130 trails being 8% Easy, 53% Intermediate, 25% Advanced & 14% Expert level runs. 105 ski lifts.

Go to La Plagne

 

La Tania

Ski area with 111 trails being 19% Easy, 35% Intermediate, 37% Advanced & 9% Expert level runs. 57 ski lifts.

Go to La Tania

 

Megeve

Ski area with 183 trails being 19% Easy, 29% Intermediate, 39% Advanced & 13% Expert level runs. 88 ski lifts.

Go to Megeve

 

Plagne Soleil

Ski area with 130 trails being 8% Easy, 53% Intermediate, 25% Advanced & 14% Expert level runs. 105 ski lifts.

Go to Plagne Soleil

 

Valmeinier

Ski area with 89 trails being 22% Easy, 31% Intermediate, 36% Advanced & 10% Expert level runs. 30 ski lifts.

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Valmorel

Ski area with 56 trails being 25% Easy, 46% Intermediate, 20% Advanced & 9% Expert level runs. 31 ski lifts.
tripUgo recommended  Go to Valmorel