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Wondering where to do a ski season? Let Skiworld give you our low-down on the best ski resorts to be a seasonnaire. From amazing snow to unforgettable apres... Our resorts have it all!
A fantastic resort that offers more than you think although admittedly, not the prettiest, Alpe d’Huez has enough skiing to sink a piste-basher and plenty of atmosphere to go with it. Whether you’re just learning to ski or you crave the off-piste, there is something to suit you; from the gentle green runs to the death-defying drop of Le Tunnel. It’s also easy to nip over to Les Deux Alpes for the day.
- Allegedly 360 days of sunshine per year
- Home of one of the world-famous La Folie Douce venues
- Also home to apres haunts Underground and Freeride and Igloo
- Other tour operators in resort so a great seasonnaire vibe
- 7 Skiworld catered chalets (2018-19)
- Medium sized Skiworld resort team
Part of one of the largest ski areas in the world – Paradiski – Les Arcs has a family-like resort atmosphere with hundreds of runs and loads of undiscovered pow-pow! The skiing in Les Arcs is epic and quite often under-rated. It’s one of the largest areas for off-piste skiing, and the Apocalypse Park in 1800 is famous among free-style skiers as being well maintained and with an awesome variety of kickers and rails.
- Great option for a first-time seasonnaire
- Small and intimate, but also lively
- Great network of seasonnaires working for other companies and local après bars
- All chalets in close proximity
- Slopes less than 10 minutes’ walk from the furthest staff accommodation
- All the chalets are situated within 5 minutes of each-other, creating a super friendly atmosphere
- Larger and a bit livelier than 2000
- Renowned as a student-Mecca meaning the bars are busier, often with live bands
- Head to Bar King Mad (BKM for the locals) for good food and après beers in the sunshine.
Enjoy a balanced mix of skiing, après and great nights out in Val d'Isere. You can spend 6 months living in a resort most people would spend a year saving up for. In a high-end, famous a trendy resort like Val d’Isere you can be sure that some guests are more demanding than in some lesser known resorts, so you’ll need to be on your A-game at work. But with access to the Tignes-Val d’Isere ski area you are the doorstep of some of the best skiing in France. You can get across to Tignes in 25 mins and explore the runs and apres over there - just make sure you don’t miss the last bubble back!
Food options range from a bucket of chicken and chips for 6 euros to a chateaubriand steak for excessively more. You can be sure to find somewhere to go on your day off no matter what your tips are looking like. There are numerous reasons to try a season in Val d’Isere!
- Dicks tea bar, as well as the original Coco Rico, the busiest après bar in Europe
- Easy access to the Folie Douce (best to get the bubble back down after :/)
- A great range of Skiworld properties, with excellent access to the slopes after breakfast!
- Best bus system in the Alps means no walking and definitely no taxis!
- High enough for guaranteed snow, but not too high to enjoy some quality spring skiing (and après)
Tignes has a huge ski area which is shared with its neighbouring resort, Val D’Isere. Together they cover an impressive 300km, which vary from long, gently greens to cliff hanging blacks. Living in a resort at 2100m elevation ensures you make the most of your winter, as it allows you to have a longer season and better snow!
There are four separate villages in Tignes; Les Brevieres, La Lavachet, La Lac and Val Claret. Tignes has one of the largest Skiworld Resort teams and is a great resort for a ski season if you’re looking to socialise with like-minded people.
- Tignes Le Lac home to the renowned ‘Loop Bar’, which is lively afternoon and night.
- New Coco Rico’s in 2018/19 gives Tignes another aspect of famous French apres, as well as access to the famous Folile Douce
- Tignes La Lac and Lavachet have great seasonnaire hangouts such as Braseros, So Bar, The Box and The Moose
- Tignes is well known for its drum and bass music and events scene
- Tignes Val Claret is home to the ‘Melting Pot’, ‘Blue Girl’ and ‘Saloon’
- One of the largest Skiworld Resort team
- Massive ski area – 300km
- Home to the world famous La Folie Douce and newly opened après bar - Coco Rico’s
- Great après and nightlife
- The resort with the longest season
- Community vibe
If you have lots of stamina, love to party AND ski lots then Val Thorens is the resort for you! The highest resort in Europe’s largest ski area and with one of the biggest underground clubs in the Alps you are never short of activities, day or night.
The type of guests you get are often after a party so you have to be prepare to deal with groups that can be a little more boisterous. All but three chalets are in the Balcons area of resort and lots are in the same building. This is great because you always have a friend to call on when your cake doesn’t rise or you burn your beef bourgignon!
- Best spots on a powder day are Orelle or Mont Vallon
- For the best tree-skiing then Meribel has plenty of beautiful tree runs to explore (get there with your Three Valleys pass)
- Two main après bars, one on either side of the mountain: Folie-Douce and Bar 360
- The Frog and Roast Beef pub will be your main hangout in resort as it’s at the bottom of the building where most of the staff accommodation is.
- To walk from one side of the resort to the other takes just 15 minutes
Quieter and cheaper than the big resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes, and less of a British take-over than Meribel, La Plagne is a unique, friendly and a great resort to experience a ski season.
There are 11 separate villages and Skiworld has chalets in four of these, La Plagne 1800, Plagne Centre, Plagne Village and Belle Plagne. Getting around the resort by the local buses is easy and they go all day until midnight. You can also ski from village to village via the modern lift system which is very quick.
- One of Skiworld’s largest resorts with 16 chalets (Winter 2018/19) and a big resort team
- La Mine in Plagne 1800 is a popular seasonnaire hangout
- Plagne Centre is the main hub of La Plagne and has a few more bars
- La Plagne is home to the Olympic bobsleigh run!
- Belle Plagne is the highest of the La Plagne villages - a compact, car free village, home to the Saloon bar – probably the best bar/club in resort
- The Vanoise Express will get your over to Les Arcs (included if you get a full ‘Paradiski’ area lift pass)
- 425kms of piste and some gnarly off piste skiing at your ski-tips
- Much more going on than first meets the eye!
Courchevel Moriond (formerly 1650) has a great atmosphere amongst seasonnaires. A bit smaller than 1850 (with slightly less Russian billionaires in Ferraris), the village is the traditional centre of the valley and older than the other Courchevel areas. Consequently it has many shops and restaurants as well as
Meribel is located in the heart of the Three Valleys which claims the title of largest inter-connected ski area in the world! Even if you manage to hit the slopes every day of the season you will still find plenty to ski.
Widely regarded as one of the prettiest ski resorts in Europe Meribel has proven popular with Brits for years and boasts a large number of British seasonnaires. It should be no surprise that the night life and après scene in Meribel is one of the best around. The infamous Rond-Point is often rated among the best après bars in the world and Meribel has its own Folie Douce which is a must for anyone visiting Meribel.
- 5 snowparks
- Over 600km of pisted runs
- Famous après spots like Le Pub, Clos Bernard, La Fromagerie, Mountain Burger
In summary, Meribel has proven a firm favourite with seasonnaires and punters alike and it is easy to see why people cannot get enough and go back for more year-on-year!
Nendaz is a great little ski village in the massive 4 Valleys ski area in Switzerland which includes Verbier. It has a great local vibe and feels like home very quickly. It’s not a massive apres resort, and is well suited to couples as the staff accommodation are private apartments (featuring a private swimming pool!). If you want to make the most of skiing time and exploring the resort in more creative ways then Nendaz is a great option. Ski touring and snowshoeing are popular pastimes, especially on a full moon, where lots of people hike or skin up the mountain – just for fun (!).
Nendaz has a snowpark and a boarder /skier cross track, with more parks across the four valleys. But in truth, the terrain is more suited to freeride and those seeking a bit more adventure.
- Over 30 bars and restaurants in resort
- Ski to Verbier is as little as 40 minutes (but DON’T miss the last lift home!!)
- In general a bit more relaxed than an average ski season
- 2 of Skiworld’s highest quality chalets with amazing kitchens and facilities
- A small resort team, well suited to couples