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French destinations with Christmas charm and good quality skiing?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Some friends and I are thinking about heading to the Alps either over, or just after Christmas, for some quality winter time and good skiing. We have previously been to Tignes and Flaine, and would like to go somewhere which has more authentic Alpine characteristics, but with a vibrant and active town to keep things interesting for down-time.

We have previously ski'd the Espace Killy, and the Grand Massif, and would consider ourselves to be adventurous intermediates. We'd therefore be looking for a decent sized ski area, and accessible off-piste (trees are good!).

Are there any obvious choices that spring to mind?

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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Thing is, the genuinely more authentic places are lower altitude and therefore not as snowsure as Tignes. But you can be in (or near) an interesting town and still have access to higher skiing - though you'll need to sacrifice ski in/ski out.

Megeve, St Gervais, Chamonix, Briancon are towns which spring to mind.

Does it have to be France?

Christmas time is cheaper and less crowded than New Year. Both are too early in the season to be really "snowsure" except at very high altitude (where you will forego attractive atmosphere and trees).

You need to decide what is least important to you.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Although new Arc 1950 has some alpine charm, ok it isn't a concrete 60s tower block plonked in the middle of a mountain.

Would be as snow-sure as you are going to get in France and provides your ski area and plenty of tree skiing
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