Small but mighty or tall and mighty?

Ski holiday company Peak Retreats has made a name for itself over two decades with the brilliant idea of ​​offering holidays in smaller French ski resorts that are lesser known in the UK but which share access to some of the largest ski areas in the world. Peak Retreats covers both famous regions like Les 3 Vallées, but also lesser known regions in the UK market, like the Sybelles circuit.

These more obscure resorts generally offer an authentic and intimate holiday base and quick access to the same ski slopes as the famous neighboring resorts.

To celebrate their 20th season, Peak Retreats wanted to complement their original selection of traditional resorts and add those famous high-altitude French resorts that make the French Alps a world-class ski destination, aimed at those who prefer a basic style of vacation. different.

The result is that Peak Retreats now offers over 75 incredible French ski resort options and the choice of a traditional ‘small but mighty’ resort or a ‘high and mighty’ altitude destination designed specifically for skiers. To illustrate the choice of this extension, Peak Retreats has proposed alternatives for three major French regions.


Chalet Altitude, in the high and powerful Arc 2000

One of the largest ski areas in the world with 425 km of slopes, 70% of which are above an altitude of 2000 m with guaranteed snow cover. The small but mighty choice is Peisey-Vallandry, in the heart of the ski area, where you can choose L’Orée des Cimes, self-catering 4★ apartments with swimming pool right next to the Grizzly chairlift. The high and powerful choice is Arc 2000, the highest part of Les Arcs, with direct access to the highest and most difficult skiing, as well as gentle slopes for beginners. You can stay there at Chalet Altitude, spacious 4★ apartments 50 m from the slopes and ski lifts.


Small but mighty or tall and mighty?

Small but powerful, the village of Samoëns – ©Christian Martelet

With 265km of pistes, an excellent snow record and one of the shortest and easiest routes from Calais (or Geneva) as well as fantastic panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The small but mighty choice is the charming village of Samoens, where a fast gondola takes you from the center of the village to the top of the slopes. Stay at La Résidence Club (new this season) with modern mountain-style apartments, a heated swimming pool with a south-facing terrace, a sauna and a hammam. The high and mighty pick is Flaine with skiing on the doorstep and a car-free centre, staying at Le Centaure, a ski-in ski-out property with access to an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.


Small but mighty or tall and mighty?

The Saphir, small but powerful Vaujany – ©Manu Reyboz

Located in Isère, in the heart of the French Alps, with 250 km of slopes and a maximum altitude of 3300 m, the variety of terrain is impressive, from glaciers to forests and wooded valleys. Small but mighty, Vaujany has facilities far beyond what you would expect from a small ski village with an impressive sports center and fantastic swimming pool. Stay at Le Saphir with its spacious apartments offering superb views of the surrounding mountains. Or stay high and mighty in Alpe d’Huez itself, at Le Cristal de l’Alpe apartments which feature an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.

All public holidays include Eurotunnel travel, with a free FlexiPlus upgrade on most dates. Accommodation only and ferry and train travel can also be arranged.

Peak Retreats’ award-winning team know their resorts inside out and can guide you to the perfect resort for your ski holiday.

Book all of these resorts and properties and discover even more online with Peak Retreats or call their team to chat. | 023 9283 9310

Main image – ©OT Alpe d’Huez Laurent Salino

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