Extensive skiing in a big, bustling resort; the higher you go, the better the skiing, the brighter the sun and the fewer the crowds. Lifts fan out across the upper and lower slopes of the Meije and the Venosc, providing a wealth of skiing for beginners close to the village and a good selection of intermediate trails higher up.
The resort has welcomed boarders for a number of years and has built up quite a deserved reputation – there's even a dedicated boarder school, boardercross, a fun park and a half-pipe. The top of the glacier hosts the annual Mondial du Snowboard competition. The ESF even offers freestyle lessons, taking the pain out of practicing by using trampolines and air bags. Freeriders should head to La Grave for more extreme off-piste boarding.
Both the ESF and ESI give both individual and group lessons based on age and ability for either a full or half day. The Crêche du Village takes kids from 6 months to 2 years, the Garderie du Bonhomme de Neige takes children from 2 to 6 years, and the Office de Tourisme has a list of local babysitters.
Last Updated: Feb 2010