Foux d'Allos Ski Resort
For an underrated French ski resort, look no further than Foux d'Allos and its 180km of linked slopes.
There's 35 lifts in the ski area and these access a wide range of slopes and an impressive amount of ski terrain, linked to neighbouring Pra Loup. Snowmaking has improved reliability lower down and the upper slopes are mostly above 2000m, ensuring reliable snow, despite the resort's location in the southern French Alps. Most of the pistes are rated blue in the local valley, becoming steeper on the way over to Pra Loup. Our only issue is with the lift system, which is definitely ageing and is still dominated by slow chairs and drags – some new lifts have been built recently, but more investment is needed.
The purpose-built village is very convenient, with most accommodation benefiting from either a ski-in-ski-out location or a very short walk to the slopes to start the day. It is a small place and remains fairly quiet at night, but there are a number of decent restaurants and bars. The quickest access is definitely from Nice Airport, with the transfer taking around 2.5 hours.
Resort website: www.valdallos.com