Alpine valley hiding secret French slopes

Samantha David discovers that the Savoie resort of Les Saisies may be far from maddening ski crowds, but this hidden French Alpine gem has everything a 21st-century winter sports enthusiast could wish for 

Choosing the right ski resort is vital if you are to enjoy your winter holiday. Some resorts are aimed at a younger crowd who like to ski fast and party hard. Others are more family orientated, some are expensive and designed to attract a richer clientele – and some are so large that they can feel impersonal.

Finding a reasonably sized resort in a traditional village is not always easy, especially if you want to get away from traditional winter tour operators and enjoy an authentic French experience. To this end, you might find that Les Saisies, in the Savoie, fits the bill.

It sits at one end of a road winding along ...

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