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Vau­jany, Isère Sur­rounded by small farms pro­duc­ing goats cheese, milk and honey, Vau­jany is a charm­ing vil­lage re­sort, yet part of the mas­sive Alpe d’huez ski area of­fer­ing world-class ski­ing. There’s a nice choice of restau­rants and an in­door ice rink, yet the vil­lage has pre­served its foun­tain, bel­fry and tra­di­tional feel.

Chris Wood­bridge-cox of Peak Re­treats is a fan. “It’s built on a sunny slope and al­though Vau­jany has a small vil­lage feel the ac­cess to the ski­ing is bril­liant. There’s a 160-per­son ca­ble car that takes you up to 2,800m in just 15 min­utes.”

Châ­tel, Haute-savoie A ski jump from the Swiss bor­der above Lake Geneva sits Châ­tel, part of the enor­mous Portes du Soleil ski area with di­rect links to Avo­riaz and Mor­gins to name a few. It’s a lively vil­lage with night­clubs, cine­mas, bowl­ing al­ley and ice rink, yet some­how it has also man­aged to stay true to its farm­ing roots and is much ad­mired for its tra­di­tional Savo­yard ar­chi­tec­ture.

“Châ­tel is for skiers; not nec­es­sar­ily down­hill rac­ers, but peo­ple who are gen­uinely in­ter­ested in ski­ing and the Alps as a re­gion,” says Howard Watts of Alpine Prop­erty World. “There are quite a few bars, restau­rants and shops, but it’s not too com­mer­cial and has a nice feel.”

Les Car­roz d’araches, Haute-savoie Part of the big and var­ied Grand Mas­sif, Les Car­roz d’arâches is linked to his­toric Samoëns down be­low and pur­pose-built Flaine up above.

“It’s a re­ally cool un­so­phis­ti­cated lit­tle re­sort with a bit of some­thing for ev­ery­one – au­then­tic, not too crowded and only 55 min­utes from Geneva,” says Richard Deans of MGM French Prop­er­ties. “It of­fers su­perb ski­ing with 265km of slopes and gen­er­ally all nice vil­lage ski­ing ex­cept up at the highaltitude cen­tral re­sort Flaine which of­fers more chal­leng­ing ski­ing for those who want that.”

Val­loire, Savoie Val­loire is a tra­di­tional vil­lage built around a 17th-cen­tury church in the Mau­ri­enne val­ley close to Italy. “It’s quiet but in­cred­i­bly wel­com­ing as is so of­ten the case with smaller, fam­ily-run, his­toric French re­sorts,” says Amy Gre­al­ish, a con­trib­u­tor for Where to Ski and Snow­board. “Val­loire shares a ski area with next-door Valmeinier, most of which is over 2,000m so al­though it’s only set at 1,400m, Val­loire’s ski area is high and of­fers re­li­able ski­ing.” It also of­fers great value for money, though it’s more for be­gin­ners and in­ter­me­di­ates than ex­perts. A Club Med is due to open in 2020, so the slopes are sure to get busier, but trans­port links should also im­prove.

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