France

Diary of a ski trip: Le Grand Bornand/Chinaillon

Le Grand Bornand, about an hour from Geneva Airport, is perfect for a family ski holiday. There are plenty of green runs and nursery slopes, and easy rope pulls and short drag lifts for the children. New this year is Les Myrtilles – blueberries – which runs from the top […]

Borovets: The ultimate après-ski resort

Borovets in Bulgaria has been named the top party ski resort, according to Crystal Ski Holidays. This ‘reasonably priced and cheerful resort’ in the Balkan Mountains has approximately four bars per square kilometre, ahead of the French resorts of Meribel and and Courchevel in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.   […]

Cauterets: Sport and relaxation in the French Pyrenees

It’s 10pm on a Thursday night and the Bouledrome in Cauterets is alive. About 100 men, women and children are packed into the rugged, floodlight patch of land the size of half a football pitch for the weekly boules tournament. It’s not a sport for the energetic – France’s national […]

Les Menuires: The perfect gateway to the 3 Valleys

Decisions, decisions. Left is Meribel and Courchevel, straight ahead to Val Thorens and right is back to Les Menuires. This is what Les Trois Vallées – the largest linked ski area in the world – is all about. Lots of great skiing and all within easy reach. It takes two […]

Chamonix: Hitting the heights in the Alps

All that separates us from a two-mile drop is a few inches of glass – and a pair of slippers. Welcome to The Step into the Void, a glass box jutting out of the rocks high above Chamonix in the French Alps. The ‘box’, at a dizzying 3,842m on the […]

Les Orres

Les Orres: Horsing around in the French Alps

Skiing can be an uncertain sport at the best of times. Variable snow conditions, changeable weather, other skiers, debatable ability. And that’s before you introduce a horse into the equation. I am wearing skis and a helmet – but holding onto a rope attached to a horse. Welcome to the […]