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Braving The Slopes As A Backpacker

As we head towards the end of the winter, now is the perfect time for any adventurer to think about a ski trip. At times like these, you need somewhere easy to access, bursting with energy and tagged with an affordable price ticket – so where better than France?

The great thing about skiing holidays in France for anyone coming over from the UK or Europe is the fact that they’re quick and easy. Flights from London take around an hour and can be purchased for next to nothing online these days. Or if you’re looking for more of a travel experience, you might be interested in the Eurostar Ski Train, which offers a direct service to the French Alps. While it’s a little costlier, you really can’t beat the amazing scenery you’ll pass through on your way there. It’s also a great way to meet other people on their way to the ski resorts in the Alps; especially useful if you’re a lonesome backpacker heading off for snow time fun!

On the Ski Train, you’ll have direct access to well-known resorts like Courchevel and Val D’Isere, both of which have loads to offer skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Courchevel has 150km of ski runs and more than 60 lifts, allowing you to really make the most of your time there. As part of the 3 Valleys, the largest linked ski resort in the world, Courchevel is divided into 5 skiing villages, each with its own unique feel and mountain access. The range of pistes here is huge, with the ‘ZEN’ zone allowing you to ski in complete safety and over 70 green and blue runs to keep you busy.

If you’re more of a beginner, you might like Megeve, where skiing often isn’t the main attraction. The snow can be a bit sporadic, so if you aren’t a confident skier, then this is the perfect place for you to head for, because there’s plenty to explore otherwise. Winter hikes are offered and there’s a neat phone app you can download that will keep you up to date with all the goings on at the resort, including weather conditions, maps and upcoming events. There are also some really cheap hotel deals to be found online, with overnight stays starting from as little as £33.

Chamonix is also a fantastic resort to visit if you’re backpacking. Many hotels offer great last-minute to keep the costs down. Hostels are also a great way to mix and mingle with other people in similar situations to you as most of them have communal areas or games rooms where you can relax, have fun and make new friends.

With the vast majority of these resorts offering onsite equipment hire, you won’t even need to worry about dragging your kit around with you and paying extra fees to bring your skis on the plane.